Chemical & Physical Sciences (HBSc)

Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex


AsteroidStudy natural laws and processes of living and non-living matter as part of UTM’s Chemical & Physical Sciences programs. Learn about the role of geographic information systems and environmental sustainability, or explore the great expanse of the universe.

UTM has a long-standing history of influential chemical and physical scientists. Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson, a prominent Canadian geophysicist and professor, played a crucial role in advancing plate tectonic theory. UTM astronomer Tom Bolton co-discovered the first black hole in space in 1972. The legacy of Wilson and Bolton and many others carries on in UTM's Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences. 

OUAC Program Code: TMW

Programs & Requirements*

Program Name Prerequisites Program Type Approx. Grade Range
Sp. Ma. Mi.
Astronomical Sciences F, Ph; (rec. C, Ch) Check Check   mid to high 70s
Astronomy F, Ph; (rec. C, Ch)   Check  
Biological Chemistry F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph) Check    
Biomedical Physics C, F, Bio, Ch, Ph Check    
Chemistry F, Ch; (rec. C, Ph) Check Check Check
Combined HBSc Environmental Science/MSc Sustainability Management** F, Bio, Ch/Ph; (rec. C) Check Check  
Earth Science F, Bio, Ch; (rec. c) Check Check Check
Environmental Geosciences F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph) Check    
Environmental Science F, Bio, Ch/Ph; (rec. C) Check Check Check
Geographical Information Systems (rec. one Math)   Check Check
Geography C/F, one of Bio/Ch/Ph based on future interest Check Check Check
Geology F, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)  Check    
Physics C, F, Ph   Check Check

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Why Study Chemical & Physical Sciences at UTM?

  • Senior students complete a year-long internship or research project in their area of interest. Research opportunities are also available through 299Y and 399Y courses.
  • Strong emphasis on lab work, where students use state-of-the-art technology and instruments.
  • Practical and field courses allow students to learn about concepts first-hand through interactive classes. For example, ERS325 – Field Camp I takes students to the north shore of Lake Huron to introduce them to geological mapping and recording.
  • Opportunities to work with professors to conduct original research. Previous projects include the exploration of new imaging techniques, a global climate model to project weather forecasts, studies of the advanced evolution of stars, development of biosensors and study of living radical polymerization processes.

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

  • Astronomical Sciences (HBSc) - specialist
  • Biological Chemistry (HBSc) - specialist
  • Biomedical Physics (HBSc) - specialist
  • Chemistry (HBSc) - major
  • Earth Science (HBSc) - major
  • Environmental Science (HBSc) - major
  • Geographical Information Systems (HBSc) - major
  • Geography (HBA) - major
  • Geography (HBSc) - major
  • Geology (HBSc) - specialist
  • Physics (HBSc) - major

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Careers by Major

The skills you develop combined with your experiences while at UTM can help you succeed in a number of occupations. Your program of study doesn't determine your career. Created by UTM's Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples.

* The chart above is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit the Apply section of our site. Admission and approximate grade requirements are based on 6 Grade 12 "U" or "M", which includes English (ENG4U).

** Application to Master’s program in third year of study.

Chart Legend: Bio = Biology
C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
/ = or
, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program

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