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.

Learn more about the degree specialties offered by the Department of Chemistry.

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, mass spectrometers, matrix isolation apparatus, and gas and high performance liquid chromatography equipment.

Click here to learn more about the High School Prerequisites for Chemistry Programs

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

What Chemists Do - American Chemical Society

Chemistry 4th Year Researh Projects

Honours booklet

Chemistry and BioChemistry 4th year research project application form