Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Chemists study what already exists, and also create new substances and materials at the molecular level.

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What You Need to Know

Why study Chemistry at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options include environmental chemist, food scientist, and professions in the pharmaceutical and health-care industries.

Access to professors
Visit profs for advice on your courses, career mentorship, or to just talk science. Get involved in cutting-edge research projects designing new catalysts that turn biomass into refined fuels, using super computers to help find cures to heart disease, or finding new pharmaceuticals in plants—just a few of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Research potential
Profs at UBC’s Okanagan campus are publishing their discoveries in the top scientific journals around the globe. Students are a big part of the research culture on campus and often have their work published, too. Instead of just reading about science, be the one who makes the discoveries that go into textbooks.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in chemistry, and learn how to control matter. Chemistry can be used to make smart materials that can monitor your life signs, to analyze parts per trillion of environmental contaminants, and design nanostructured materials that can efficiently convert water into fuel.

Chemistry can turn enzymes into microscopic industrial machines, producing life-saving pharmaceuticals or eating up pollutants.

Your UBC Okanagan chemistry degree can open doors to medical, dental, osteopathic or veterinary school and many other careers in health-related professions.

In undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in chemistry, a BSc honours in chemistry or a minor in chemistry. You also have the opportunity to become an undergraduate research scholar with support through prestigious research awards.


UBC Okanagan’s chemistry program includes a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover atomic, molecular, physical, organic, environmental chemistry, and more.

Sample courses:

  • CHEM 121 — Atomic and Molecular Chemistry
  • CHEM 123 — Physical and Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 323 — Methods in Forensic Chemical Analysis

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Degree Options

The following links take you to chemistry program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in chemistry

Learn about graduate studies chemistry.

Visit the chemistry homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • Chemistry 11 
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

* Students are strongly encouraged to complete Chemistry 12.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Chemistry studies. Job opportunities range from environmental scientists, chemists and lab managers, to pharmaceutical and health-care professionals. The professional training you get as part of your research activities will position you for a multitude of career options.



  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Information Management Specialist
  • Chemistry Research Technologist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Product Chemist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Food Scientist/Technologist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Formulation Chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Oil and Petroleum Chemist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Patent Agent
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pollution Control Technologist
  • Process Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Science Writer/Journalist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Technical Writer
  • Technology Transfer Officer
  • Toxicologist
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment Analyst

Potential Employers

  • Cosmetics and fragrance companies
  • Computers and telecommunications
  • Pulp and paper companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government agencies
  • Universities, colleges and schools
  • Hospitals and other medical organizations
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Environmental and pollution control firms
  • Fine and heavy chemical manufacturing companies
  • Food and beverage production companies
  • Mining and metallurgy companies
  • Law firms
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Plastic manufacturing companies
  • Museums
  • Engineering firms
  • Industrial inspection firms
  • Scientific research and development companies

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Future Studies

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MSc and PhD degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology. UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a chemistry department faculty member as their primary supervisor. Our graduates go on to become proven leaders in their chosen professions.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Apply for a Chemistry Travel Subsidy (up to $500), awarded to undergraduate and graduate students presenting at a conference practically anywhere in the world.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience. Pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Work on campus in the field of chemistry as a teaching assistant—deliver labs, tutorials, and even lectures.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's Chemistry program:
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Sydney Acton

“The allure of making brand new compounds with my own hands that could actually have a real impact in the world one day is really exciting.”

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Fred Menard, UBC Professor

“My goal is to help students grow as researchers. I want to enable their dreams.”

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Kiyoshi Robson, UBC Alumnus

“It was great to have small classes, easy access to profs, and research opportunities.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Chemistry program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options with one of the Chemical Sciences Course Unions.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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