Look anywhere; you'll find chemistry there!
We're a Hands-On Discipline
Combine in-class theory with hands-on experiments in the lab to get the experience you need for success. Learn the basics of using chemical equipment to measure physical and chemical properties. Working in the laboratory while you study chemistry fundamentals will ensure you’ll be ready for success in further education as you work towards your degree in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, engineering, nutrition, pharmacy and much, much more.
Chemistry is the Central Science
Basic chemical principles are vital in all areas of science and in many fields you might not imagine. For example, chemistry is vital to fine arts – from paints and pigments to restoration. Understanding how chemicals are structured, operate independently, and interact together will take you a long way in your chosen career.
Ever Wonder How Things Work?
What is the structure of DNA, and how does that allow it to replicate? Why is carbon added to iron to make steel? How do plants transform sunlight to energy? Do solar panels use the same trick? Why do manufacturers put additives in food, and should we worry?
An understanding of the basic structure of matter is important not only to chemistry majors, but to biologists, physicists, and engineers and physicians as well. Chemistry is truly the “central science.”
That’s why a course in general chemistry is essential to all. Selkirk offers a range of chemistry courses, for complete novices to students with previous chemistry experience who want to learn more. We provide excellent preparation for students looking to complete university science degrees, and for those who are just looking to strengthen their problem-solving skills.
• Analytical Chemist
• Art Restorer
• Biomedical Engineer
• Chemical Engineer
• Chemical Sales Rep
• Clinical Chemist (MD/PhD)
• Crime Scene Analyst
• Food Scientist
• Forensic Scientist
• Fragrance Developer
• Hazardous Materials Manager
• Inorganic Chemist
• Materials Researcher
• Medical Researcher
• Patent Agent
• Pharmaceutical Researcher
• Science Teacher
• Water Quality Inspector
Students who complete either CHEM 110 or CHEM 122 and CHEM 125 will have fulfilled the first-year chemistry requirements for degrees in chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, environmental science, pharmacy, and nutrition at all universities in British Columbia. These courses are also required for application to medical and dental school.
Skills you will acquire in a chemistry degree:
Recognition of the role of chemistry in everyday life
Comprehensive knowledge of the structure and properties of matter, including the energy changes that accompany chemical reactions
The ability to predict the behaviour of matter and interpret a wide variety of phenomena
The skills to formulate and test scientific hypotheses
The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements
Deduction of information from various sources
The capacity to critically analyze problems and think creatively
The ability to think logically
Respect for colleagues, willingness to think independently, and pride in presentation of work
If you like chemistry, you may also like biochemistry, anthropology, archaeology, biology, medicine, food science and nutrition, forensics, lab technology.