Chemistry is the study of matter at the atomic and molecular level. It involves both physics and biology, and its aim is to understand and explain the processes that emerge from the physical structure of the world and give rise to syntheses, structures, reaction mechanisms, properties, and transformations of all kinds of materials that we interact with in the microscopic and macroscopic world.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of chemistry and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
* Laboratory work must be decided in partnership with a Director of Studies and may come with an additional fee.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in chemistry consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a report on an experiment conducted by the student, or a dissertation elaborating an original argument about, interpretation of, or perspective on an experiment, method, or theory in chemistry. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.