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Why study chemistry?
Why take chemistry at UFV?
What type of career can I expect?
What do I need to get in?
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
I'm interested. What's the next step?
When should I apply?
What sort of support will I get?
Sounds good. What do I do now?
I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak
with someone about my options? 
 
 

Why study chemistry?
Some knowledge of chemistry is essential in order to fully appreciate the world around us; thus chemistry is justifiably labelled by many scholars as “the central science”. Whereas chemistry is often required as a prerequisite for entry into some other field of study, e.g., medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, or engineering, it is also an academically satisfying subject in its own right. The job of a chemist can be varied, especially in today's high-tech world. Chemists are currently employed in seeking solutions to environmental problems such as acid rain, climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer; other chemists are involved in developing new drugs to combat diseases such as cancer and AIDS; while yet others work to produce new consumer products ranging from gasoline additives to mouthwash, from pesticides to perfumes, from “crazy glue” to biodegradable diapers. Who would not be fascinated by such a subject?

Why take chemistry at UFV?
In your chemistry courses at UFV, you will study the fundamental principles of the discipline and will also learn how these principles are used to solve problems and develop new products for today’s consumer-oriented society. UFV offers a major and minor in chemistry as part of its Bachelor of Science degree program. Some students take lower-level chemistry courses as part of a science degree or as preparation for another program.

What type of career can I expect?
UFV chemistry graduates have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers in many areas including employment with hi-tech industries, in the biotechnology sector and government laboratories, or as chemistry teachers at the secondary-school level. A background in chemistry is also useful if you’re intending to pursue post-graduate studies in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, or engineering. 

What do I need to get in? 
Please read the entrance requirements in our online calendar.  

How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Consult the UFV calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar for a complete list of fees, keeping in mind that new fees are usually set in May. In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to cover additional costs of $80 to $100 per course for books and other supplies.

It’s worth a visit to the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at http://www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget-worksheet/

I'm interested. What’s the next step?
Check out our online calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar Make sure you read the Chemistry section carefully. Visit the download centre and download the appropriate application forms. You can then either mail your complete application, along with the documents listed in the calendar and the $45 processing fee, to any UFV campus or centre, or transmit it through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca

When should I apply?
Admission is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. Specific requirements will be published on the UFV website. Applications for the fall semester should be received by January 31 of the same year. Applications received after this deadline will be considered if space is still available in the program.

What sort of support will I get?
Plenty. For more information about support and student services at UFV, visit www.ufv.ca/studentservices and learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Apply right away. Visit http://www.ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply/ for a step-by-step process to becoming a UFV student.  Have specific questions?  Contact the Chemistry department directly at 604-851-6345, or you can call the science advisor at 604-557-4060.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. We want to hear from you. If you’re unsure of your direction, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling.

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