There are many disciplines within Chemistry and many interdisciplinary fields involving Chemistry. In general, a degree in Chemistry may open many career paths including jobs in manufacturing, teaching (school, college, university), research and development, sales and marketing, quality control and regulation, technical support, software design, environmental policy, health policy, forensics, pharmacy, and other areas. Your choice of soft-core courses tailors your chemistry program into a specific focus area that helps direct your studies toward a particular career path, but is certainly not limiting.

In addition to the mandatory 48 hard-core credits from foundation courses, following are recommendations as soft-core course selections designed to build strength in a specific focus area. Students are encouraged to use these recommendations as a preliminary guide to assist in developing a personalized list of courses that best matches their interests and career goals. The recommended course credits are as per minimum requirement for award of M.Sc. Chemistry/ M.Sc. Chemical Sciences degree. Interested students may register for additional credits. Students are advised to consult faculty advisor for additional information.

Chemical biology is a scientific discipline spanning the fields of chemistry and biology. The discipline involves the application of chemical techniques, analysis, and often small molecules produced through synthetic chemistry, to the study and manipulation of biological systems. Chemical biology has scientific, historical and philosophical roots in medicinal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, pharmacology, genetics, biochemistry, and metabolic engineering. This is ideal for students with a strong interest in applying the principles of chemistry to the molecular foundations of biology.

potential career paths: Chemical biologist, pharmaceutical chemist, biochemist, agricultural chemist, pharmacist, biotechnology and food chemist

Recommended courses: CHEM565, CHEM566, CHEM568, CHEM576/BIOT415, BCMB431, BCMB432/BIOT401 , BCMB434, BCMB437, BIOT414

BCMB Courses – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BIOT Courses – Biotechnology

Chemical physics is a subdiscipline of chemistry and physics that investigates physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics; it is the branch of physics that studies chemical processes from the point of view of physics. This focuses on the scientific study of structural phenomena combining the disciplines of physical chemistry and atomic/molecular physics. The relevant courses will be from heterogeneous structures, surface phenomena, quantum theory, mathematical physics, statistical and classical mechanics, chemical kinetics, and laser physics.

Potential Career Paths: Experimental physical chemist, theoretical chemist, computational chemist

Recommended courses: PHYS442, PHYS531, PHYS532, PHYS533, PHYS535, PHYS536, CHEM571, CHEM575, CHEM578, CHEM579, CHEM581, CHEM582

PHYS Courses – Department of Physics

Materials science is a syncretic discipline hybridizing metallurgy, ceramics, solid-state physics, and chemistry. The interdisciplinary field of materials science is the design and discovery of new materials, particularly solids.

Potential Career Paths: Materials design and synthesis, especially in industry (Xerox, Canon, Dow Chemical), drug delivery materials development, solar energy industry

Recommended courses: NSNT413, NSNT414, NSNT416, PHYS443, CHEM572, CHEM576, CHEM578, CHEM579, CHEM574

NSNT Courses – Nano Science and Technology

PHYS Courses – Department of Physics

Computational chemistry is a branch of chemistry that uses computer simulation to assist in solving chemical problems. It uses methods of theoretical chemistry, incorporated into efficient computer programs, to calculate the structures and properties of molecules and solids.

Potential Career Paths: Computational chemist, chemical modelling in pharmaceutical industry, chemistry software design

Recommended Courses: PHYS443, PHYS448, PHYS533, PHYS548, CHEM571, CHEM578, CHEM579, CHEM581

PHYS courses – Department of Physics

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