Chemical & Physical Sciences (HBSc)

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Study 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. 

"Once you stay a little longer on campus, rather than rushing to take the bus home (#commuterlife), you discover that there are so many wonderful, helpful, interesting people at UTM who can make your experience here even more worthwhile."
- Olivia Adamczyk, 3rd year, Double Major in Chemistry and Biology for Health Sciences

Programs & Requirements

The content below is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum, and other common curicula. Please visit the Apply section of our site for full requirements.

OUAC Program Code: TMW
Approximate Grade Range: Mid to high 70s (based on 6 Grade 12 "U" or "M", which includes English (ENG4U), or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Astronomical Sciences

F, Ph; (rec. C, Ch)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Astronomy

F, Ph; (rec. C, Ch)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Biological Chemistry

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Biomedical Physics

C, F, Bio, Ch, Ph

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Chemistry

F, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Combined HBSc Environmental Science/MSc Sustainability Management*

F, Bio, Ch/Ph; (rec. C)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

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

Earth Science

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. c)

Yes Specialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

 

Environmental Geosciences

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Environmental Science

F, Bio, Ch/Ph; (rec. C)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Geographical Information Systems

(rec. one Math)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Geography

C/F, one of Bio/Ch/Ph based on future interest

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Geology

F, Ch; (rec. C, Ph) 

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Physics

C, F, Ph

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor


Exciting Opportunities

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Practical and Field Courses

Practical and field courses allow students to learn about concepts first-hand through interactive classes. For example, ERS325 takes students to the north shore of Lake Huron.

Thin Test Tube

Research Opportunities

We offer undergraduate students the chance to work on cutting edge research. Previous projects include new imaging techniques and studies of the advanced evolution of stars.

Teamwork

AirLAB

The AIRLab program creates two teams of three students from different scientific disciplines. The teams are each assigned a research problem related to their unique skill sets and given an academic year to work on the project.


Courses You Would Love

Periodic Table of Elements

Chemical Principles 1 (CHM110H5)

During this course, matter and its transformations are studied at the macroscopic level. Topics include stoichiometry, phases of matter, equilibria, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

Sea Waves

Oceanography (ERS312H5)

This course will provide an understanding of chemical, biological, physical and geologic aspects of the oceans. Emphasis will be placed on the processes that form and shape the ocean basins and continental margins.

Globe

Global Climate Change (GGR377H5)

The main focus of this course is upon the climatic aspects of environmental change which affect Great Lakes water levels, disappearing glaciers, sea level rise, desertification and dwindling water resources in a more populous world.

Protect from Magnetic Field

Electromagnetism (PHY241H5)

Topics in electricity and magnetism, beginning with vector analysis and culminating in Maxwell's equations. Topics discussed include electric fields and Gauss' law, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics.


Discover Your Potential

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Eugenia Duodu, HBSc, Chemistry and Biology, Class of 2010

Eugenia Duodu’s journey to U of T Mississauga was only a few kilometres in distance, but much further in experience. Duodu grew up in community housing in Toronto where her only real exposure to science was on television, watching Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Patrick Gunning, Professor, Chemical & Physical Sciences

A medicinal chemistry researcher at the University of Toronto Mississauga, whose novel methods may significantly improve how we treat the deadliest types of cancer, has made 2017's list of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

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Hot, unpredictable and deadly - From the edge of volcanoes to the front of the lecture hall, UTM volcanologist brings real world learning to the classroom

Something unexpected is happening at U of T Mississauga. The ground has started to rumble with increasing frequency, shaking buildings, rattling desks and leading to mounting concern and confusion.

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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.

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Created by our 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. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

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In this episode, Professor Lindsay Schoenbohm talks about her work that uses the landscape to read tectonics, with tectonics being the process that affect the properties and the structure of the Earth’s crust and its evolution over time.

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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