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Bachelor's degree

4 years

Major, minor, honours

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Program eligible for financial aid


The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is intended to equip you with principles of the study of matter and the physical world, and to enable you to apply that knowledge to real-world situations.

As part of the program, you explore organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as physical and analytical chemistry, and how they are used to solve problems and create new opportunities. You also gain valuable laboratory and research skills, including spectrometry and chromatography. As you ask questions and seek solutions, you sharpen your critical-thinking skills, and learn to communicate your findings with others.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry gives you the opportunity to:

  • Conduct original research as early as your first year.
  • Get plenty of hands-on practice in well-equipped laboratories.
  • Engage in problem-solving for real-world scenarios, such as reversing climate change, combatting diseases, or designing new consumer products.
  • Prepare for post-graduate studies in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, or engineering.

View course descriptions in the UFV Academic Calendar.


A UFV chemistry degree positions you competitively to pursue post-graduate studies in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, biotechnology, veterinary science, or chemical engineering.

According to WorkBC, chemists enjoy excellent wages, a low unemployment rate, and steady and consistent employment growth.

As a chemistry graduate, you may find employment in high tech industries, in the biotechnology sector, in government laboratories, or in manufacturing. You may choose to explore unique opportunities such as a career in food chemistry, clean energy, or science writing. Or you may seek employment in interdisciplinary research or development projects, working as a team with other professionals such as biologists, agronomists, geologists, or engineers.

WorkBC also reports that teachers specializing in chemistry are in high demand. Consider pairing your chemistry degree with UFV's enriched Teacher Education program to enjoy a rewarding teaching career.


The entrance requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree apply to the Chemistry program.

View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

You can declare a major in Chemistry after completing at least 30 university-level credits with a minimum of 2.0 GPA on all credits attempted, and after meeting the declaration requirements for Chemistry.


This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Book an appointment with the Upgrading and University Preparation department to discuss your upgrading needs.


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