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Information relating to becoming an undergraduate student in Chemsistry at Memorial University is given below. If you cannot find the information you were looking for, or have any other questions please contact .

NL high school chemistry, math and physics

Students attending high school in Newfoundland and Labrador who are interested in exploring a Chemistry degree option at Memorial University can prepare themselves by ensuring that they take Chemistry 3202, Advanced Math 3205 and Physics 3204 if these courses are offered at their high school. If any of these courses are not offered, students should ensure that they have taken the highest level chemistry, physics and math courses that are available.

NL high school students who could not take Chemistry 3202 or received a grade of less than 75% in that course will generally be required to go through the Chem 1010/1011/1031 path for their first year chemistry courses. This will often result in a Chemistry degree program that takes more than four years to complete, or one that requires that one or more courses be taken in Intersession to keep the program on a four year track.

Math Placement Test

Based on the results of the Math Placement Test that all students wishing to take Memorial University mathematics courses must complete, a new undergraduate student may need to complete Math 1090 before they can enter the Math 1000/1001 stream. As Math 1000 is a corequired course for Chem 1050 and Math 1001 is a corequired course for Chem 1051, a student who cannot enter Math 1000 directly from high school will likely be required to go through the Chem 1010/1011/1031 stream for their first year chemistry courses. As stated above, this could extend the time required to complete the degree or Intersession courses may be required to keep on the four year track. However, students with a strong grade in their highest level high school chemistry course are encouraged to contact to discuss their options.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Students who have Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses available at their high school can receive equivalent credit for some first year chemistry, physics and/or math courses based on their performance in the AP or IB courses.

Students taking Advanced Placement Chemistry can receive credit for Chem 1010 and 1011 with an AP grade of 3, or they can receive credit for Chem 1050 and Chem 1051 with an AP grade of 5. International Baccalaureate Chemistry students who have taken the Higher level chemistry can receive credit for Chem 1010 with an IB grade of 4, credit for Chem 1010 and Chem 1011 with an IB grade of 5, or credit for Chem 1050 and Chem 1051 with an IB grade of 6. International Baccalureate Chemistry studens who have taken the Standard chemistry can receive credit for Chem 1010 with an IB grade of 5.

Students who complete the Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC can receive credit for Math 1000 with an AP grade of 3 or better. Students taking the higher level IB Mathematics can receive credit for Math 1000 and 1001 with an IB grade of 4 or greater

Students who complete AP Physics B with a grade of 3 or greater can receive credit for Physics 1020 and 1021, while students who complete AP Physics C with a grade of 3 or better can receive credit for Phys 1050. IB students in higher Physics can receive credit for Physics 1020 and Phys 1021 with an IB grade of 4 or better.

Other requirements and first year guides

More information about admissions can be found at the Memorial Unvisersity Admissions webpage. The Advising Centre page also has a useful Guide to First Year. Another guide to first year with information catered towards Science students is also available through the Faculty of Science webpage.

Undergraduate handbook

We have created an Undergraduate Handbook that provides more specific details on undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Memorial University.