About the Program

Chemistry plays a vital and well-integrated role in many areas of scientific discovery, including the development of new drugs, materials and diagnostics. Advancements made in the field of chemistry have brought improvements to our quality of life, and will help us to control the impact we are making on our environment in order to form the basis for a strong economy. Chemistry plays a major role in solving global issues such as combating disease, feeding our growing population and providing clean energy. Chemistry at UTM provides preparation for work in areas such as medicine, pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, materials production and quality assurance.


Honours Bachelor of Science

Program Options

Specialist, Major, Minor

After completing your first year, you'll be asked to confirm what program(s) you wish to study – your Programs of Study. They can be integrated in unique ways to obtain your U of T degree, but must be one of the following three combinations: one Specialist; or two Majors; or one Major and two Minors. You don't need to worry about that now, but if you'd like to learn more about this process, watch our handy video (7 min).

Admission Requirements

You apply to an admission category, which is a collection of similar programs. Once you've accepted an offer of admission to our campus, we go into greater detail about specific program and course selection options.

At the end of your first year, you will choose your program(s), which means that your first year is an excellent opportunity to explore the full breadth of offerings.

Regardless of what you study, remember that you will receive a prestigious University of Toronto degree when you graduate that tells everyone that you are ranked among the best in the world!

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Program Course Prerequisites
English, Advanced Functions, Chemistry; (recommended: Calculus, Physics)
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Approximate Competitive Average
Mid to High 70s

The admission average is calculated with English (ENG4U) plus the next best five Grade 12 U or M courses. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission to the University. Admission is subject to space availability and competition.

The content in this section is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum.

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Please visit the Admissions section of our site for full requirements.

Discover Your Potential

Muhammad Murtaza Hassan

A medicinal chemist at the U of T Mississauga is drawing on the popular classic video game Tetris to battle cancer. Muhammad Murtaza Hassan, a PhD student in Professor Patrick Gunning’s lab, has turned to mainstream gameplay, harnessing the concept of fitting geometric patterns together to create an inhibitor that targets a specific protein associated with cancer.

Muhammad Qureshi

A University of Toronto Mississauga student who is a passionate environmental advocate has been acknowledged with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award. Muhammad Qureshi, a fourth-year chemistry and environmental science student, founded EnviroHub, a group of environmental or eco-minded clubs at UTM working to make campus events more sustainable.

Eugenia Addy

As a UTM science student, Eugenia Addy (formerly Eugenia Duodu) became a volunteer with the Visions of Science Network for Learning, encouraging low-income and underprivileged children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Today, at 32, Addy (PhD ’15) is Vision of Science’s CEO.

Student Experience

Courses You Would Love


Methods used for forming carbon-carbon bonds will be reviewed, including reactions of the various types of nucleophilic carbon and the use of organometallic reagents. 


Fundamentals of organic chemistry emphasizing reactions of alkanes and alkenes. The first half of a two-course sequence (with CHM243H5) required in the Chemistry major and specialist programs.


A first course covering basic concepts of quantum chemistry and physics. Topics include: de Broglie waves and wave-particle duality, the postulates of quantum mechanics, and the Schrödinger equation.

Planning Ahead

Whether you want to land your dream job, conduct groundbreaking research, or start your own business, we can get you there. Here are resources to help you explore your career options.

Career Options

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!

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.

Tip Sheets

The Career Centre offers dozens of tip sheets with helpful information about topics related to searching for work, planning your career, and pursuing further education.

View to the U: An eye on UTM research

View to the U is a podcast that features U of T Mississauga faculty members from a range of disciplines who will illuminate some of the inner-workings of the science labs and enlighten the social sciences and humanities hubs at UTM.

Ulli Krull

Professor Ulli Krull is a prof in UTM’s Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, he’s one of Canada’s leading experts in analytical chemistry, the AstraZeneca Chair in Biotechnology, and just an all-around prince of a guy.

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