Study the properties that make up all living and non-living things and solve big problems at a molecular level.


Become a leader in several challenging and in-demand careers for today's technology-oriented society.

Choose to specialize in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, industrial chemistry, materials chemistry, or pharmaceuticals. Your fourth year will include a thesis in the chemistry discipline of your choice.

Enjoy the many benefits of small class sizes, such as greater interaction with professors, lab time, personal tutorial sessions, and a great group dynamic.

Gain hands-on experience in nationally-recognized programs with the opportunity to work on research projects with your professors and scientists in the local mining industry, at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Key Features

Take control of your career by specializing in areas that you are passionate about
Choose from many chemistry disciplines such as computational, electrochemistry, metal pollutants, nanotechnology, surface chemistry, natural products and synthesis, and nuclear waste management
Small class sizes, a fourth year research thesis, and faculty-supervised research teams all add up to student success

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Senior chemist in an industrial setting
  • Chief chemist for a steel manufacturer
  • Pharmacist
  • Project and research leader
  • University professor
  • Drug controller
  • Waste disposal consultant
  • Hospital staff radiologist

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.

Kelsey Whidden

Kelsey is a third year student in the B.Sc Specialization in Chemistry.

I chose Laurentian for its focus on hands-on laboratory experiments. Being able to perform experiments has facilitated my professional growth as a chemist.

At Laurentian University, I became involved in the Chemistry and Biochemistry club, and soon became president. The club organizes exciting events throughout the year that both the students and the faculty participate in. Not only have these events helped me making new friends, they also helped me in getting to know my professors. This has encouraged me to ask more questions, participate more in class, and overall, enhanced my learning experience.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department at Laurentian University has truly provided me with experiences and opportunities that have helped, and will continue to help me thrive in my time at Laurentian University”.

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