Chemistry: The Central Science


Our world has been dramatically transformed by chemical discoveries over the past century. Chemical innovations range from paper to semiconductors, and include common products such as plastic, steel and vitamins.

Research in chemistry continues to uncover the impact we have on our surroundings, and how the choices we make today will affect our world in the future. At Trent, you can contribute directly to these discoveries.

The Department of Chemistry offers courses leading to specialties in each of the main sub-disciplines, organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry and biochemistry, but which also supports and is supported by the offerings of the Departments of Physics, Biology, other traditional sciences, and the interdisciplinary program Environmental and Resource Studies.

The teaching and research laboratories of the Department are located in the Chemical Sciences Building on the east bank of the Otonabee. In addition to the usual laboratory facilities and equipment for traditional studies in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry and biochemistry, this building houses special equipment essential for modern experimental and theoretical chemistry, including a variety of spectrophotometers, ion trap mass spectrometers, matrix isolation apparatus, gas and high performance liquid chromatography equipment.


Important Information for Students about Alternating Year Course Offerings and Infrequent Course Offerings - Updated August 2014


What Chemists Do - American Chemical Society