Welcome to Chemistry at Acadia

Welcome to Acadia University and the beginning of your Chemistry degree. Chemistry is a fun, challenging and exciting discipline and we hope that you will have a great experience.

One of the first things you need to do is pick your first year courses, which can sometimes seem like a difficult task. All students who declare Chemistry as their major are required to take introductory Chemistry, Math and Physics courses in their first year:

Course   Fall   Winter
Introduction to Chemistry for Physical Sciences 1 & 2   CHEM 1113   CHEM 1123
Introductory Calculus 1 & 2   MATH 1013   MATH 1023
Introductory Physics 1 & 2   PHYS 1013   PHYS 1023
?   Elective   Elective
?   Elective   Elective

For a full course load, you are required to take two more courses during each term. It is a good idea to avoid introductory classes that are terminal (i.e., they are not prerequisites for advanced courses) in your first year of study, to maximize your options later in your degree.

The following courses are NOT recommended electives for first-year students:
CHEM 1053 (Chemistry & Our World) PHYS 1513 (Astronomy 1)
GEOL 1033 (General Oceanography) PHYS 1523 (Astronomy 2)
GEOL 1073 (Natural Disasters) PHYS 1543 (Energy)

 

Here are some suggested electives based on common career paths:

Health Professions
Fall Winter
BIOL 1113 (Ecology) BIOL 1123 (Genetics and Evolution)
ENGL 1413/1406 (Writing 1) ENGL 1423/1406 (Writing 2)
NUTR 1313 (Human 1) NUTR 1323 (Human 2)
NUTR 1333 (Commodities 1) NUTR 1343 (Commodities 2)
Chemistry with Geology
Fall Winter
GEOL 1013 (Dynamic Earth) GEOL 1023 (Earth History)
ENGL 1413/1406 (Writing 1) ENGL 1423/1406 (Writing 2)
SPAN 1013 (Intro 1) SPAN 1023 (Intro 2)
Chemistry with Certificate in Applied Science (Engineering)
Fall Winter
APSC 1223 (CAD) MATH 1323/1333 (Matrices)
ENGL 1413/1406 (Writing 1) ENGL 1423/1406 (Writing 2)
Chemistry with Business Electives
Fall Winter
ECON 1013 (Mirco) ECON 1023 (Macro)
BUSI 1703 (Intro Business) BUSI 1013 (Accounting)
Chemistry with Nutrition
Fall Winter
BIOL 1813 (Human Biology) PSYC 1013 (Intro)
NUTR 1313 (Human 1) NUTR 1323 (Human 2)
NUTR 1333 (Commodities 1) NUTR 1343 (Commodities 2)
Chemistry with Focus in Analytical or Computational
Fall Winter
COMP 1113 (Perl) COMP 1123 (JAVA)
APSC 1223 (CAD) MATH 1323/1333 (Matrices)
ENGL 1413/1406 (Writing 1) ENGL 1423/1406 (Writing 2)
Chemistry with Foundation Option (Teaching)
Fall Winter
   
   
   
   

 

For information on the required/recommended courses for a wide range of professions, please visit Acadia 4U.


Professional Programs in the Health Sciences

Many of our chemistry students go on to professional programs in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). Students interested in pursuing a career in health science are encouraged to arrange an appointment to talk with our health sciences advisor.

More information about the necessary courses for common health science programs can be found on the Health Sciences Advisor's website. A summary of suggested courses for various health science programs can be found here.