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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

  • ID:VIU010043
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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* Ancillary Fee, VIU Students' Union fee, Health and Dental Plan fee, Books and supplies

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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent.

  • International students who are BC high school graduates must have a minimum grade of “C” in English 12 for direct entry into an academic program.

  • Up to 30 advanced credits may be granted for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (higher level) courses.

English Requirements

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test, 550 (no section below 56)

  • TOEFL IBT, 88 (no section below 20)

  • IELTS (Academic), 6.5 (no band below 6.0)

  • CAEL, 60

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), 176 overall

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), 176 overall

  • English Studies 12 (BC), Min. “C”

  • Pearson (PTE), 60 (no section below 60)

  • International Baccalaureate English A1/A2, Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher

  • VIU English Language Centre, Successful completion of University Preparation Level 5

  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition, Grade 2 or higher

  • Recognized university where English is the language of instruction., Completion of six credits of post-secondary English composition and literature with a minimum grade of “C”

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), English at the O-level with a minimum grade of C or 4

  • CAEL online (Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 only), 60

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition (Fall 2021/Spring 2022 only), 88 (no section below 20)

Course Information

The Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Chemistry is designed to be taken as part of a Double Minor or as a Major and Minor combination. The program introduces students to the traditional sub-disciplines of Chemistry, with a particular emphasis on analytical and environmental chemistry. The course selection is designed to maintain broad appeal and relevance to a variety of career objectives, including teaching environmental consulting, and academic research. Students will gain an appreciation for the role of chemistry in many aspects of modern scientific enquiry, including hands-on experience with modern chemical instrumentation and techniques.

The curriculum has been designed to focus on the underlying principles to provide an understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes. Courses develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills which are encouraged by close student-instructor interactions and student-student mentorship.

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Career Opportunity

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The Applied Environmental Research Laboratory (AERL) is a state-of-the-art lab where pure and applied research in the environmental sciences is conducted in collaboration with public and private partners. The lab is fully equipped for foliar, soil and water analysis by both traditional and emerging methods. Some of the instrumentation is incorporated into upper-level chemistry lab courses. In the final year, students have an option to complete a one-semester directed research project, under the supervision of a faculty member. The AERL also provides year-round employment opportunities for senior students to assist faculty with environmental sampling, chemical analysis, method development, and data interpretation.

Some research projects that have recently been conducted at the AERL include:

  • The development of a novel technique for the rapid detection of volatile contaminants in air and drinking water;

  • an investigation of the effects of variable retention logging practices on the water chemistry of small coastal streams;

  • geochemical analysis of Gulf Island groundwater samples;

  • bioaccumulation of heavy metals in marine mammal parasites;

  • the role of photochemical and microbial processes in the biodegradation of woodwaste leachates;

  • and an assessment of land use impacts on water quality in the Englishman River watershed.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

275 CAD/year

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