Department of Chemistry

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Become an undergraduate student

Get hands-on experience through laboratory courses, our dynamic co-op program and opportunities to work on research projects that tackle issues that matter.

Undergraduate studies
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Become a graduate student

Armita Dash says our interdisciplinary approach is what makes it really exciting to study chemistry at UVic. She is researching the use of nanotechnology in the early detection of concussion.

Graduate studies
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Our edge in materials science

Ian Manners, renowned for his work in molecular and materials chemistry, comes to UVic as a Canada 150 Research Chair. He joins a team of scientists who are leading the way in materials science research.

Our edge in materials science
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Find a professor

Our researchers create and explore new materials, probe dynamics and stimulate the new high-tech applications of chemistry. Dennis Hore (left) worked with a local pharmacy to develop a mobile device to detect fentanyl.

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Our areas of research

Undergraduate student Katherine Krause says she’s had the opportunity to explore research in many different areas, which allowed her to find what type of chemistry she wanted to pursue.

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Careers in chemistry

Our students get a head start on their careers with hands-on experience in modern laboratories, courses that have a research component, and a practical co-op program.

Career possibilities

Welcoming Message spoken version 

The Department of Chemistry reaffirms the University’s acknowledgment with respect of the Lkwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

We encourage students from all identities and backgrounds to consider studying with us. We aim to enrich the experiences of us all by embracing our many diversities and by striving to build an inclusive and welcoming community for a diverse population of scholars. ​

Department of Chemistry Equity Review

We are proud to have developed, in collaboration with the Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) office, an Equity Review process for departments at the University of Victoria. During this process, an external reviewer assesses the currents status of the Department of Chemistry in terms of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and proposes recommendations for future efforts in this area. Equity Reviews are scheduled to take place every 5 years. See here for the Department of Chemistry 2020 Equity Review Executive Summary.


The chemistry of tomorrow

Interested in our undergraduate chemistry programs including Chemistry for the Medical Sciences? Want to do graduate research with award-winning professors in modern lab facilities? Wondering about real-life learning opportunities in co-op and research labs?

No matter what your focus, our inspiring team of students, staff and faculty create the perfect environment for learning and creating the chemistry of tomorrow.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Chemistry