Everything we know is either matter or energy. Understanding the ways in which matter and energy behave and interact is critical to an understanding of the universe at every level, from the submicroscopic constituents of matter to the macroscopic behaviour of galaxies and star clusters. This understanding comes through a mix of mathematical description, computational modelling and experimental investigations. These techniques are covered in Chemical & Physical Sciences I, which is the appropriate preparation for Level II programs in Astrophysics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Medical Physics, and Physics.
Why Chemical and Physical Sciences at McMaster?
Students in Chemical & Physical Sciences do not memorize facts or equations; they learn how to ask questions and answer these questions through problem solving. The Departments of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Physics & Astronomy are research intensive with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching.
On the teaching side, undergraduate students experience exciting and engaging lectures. Both Chemistry and Physics focus on providing hands-on lab experience, interactive classroom lectures as well as dynamic and exciting online content. The new PHYSICS 1C03 course is geared specifically to Chemical and Physical Science I students, which means small class size (~100 students) and lots of interaction with the professor. Additionally, the CHEM 1A03 and 1AA3 courses have been redesigned to provide the best possible instruction to students in the classroom, the lab, and online.
On the research side, undergraduate students have been involved in a number of exciting projects. The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology offers undergraduate research opportunities in six major areas: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Between 55 and 65 undergraduates are hired for summer research each year. In addition, the Department fully funds the summer undergraduate students to present their research at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC), which is held at various locations across Canada each year. The Chemical & Physical Science community at McMaster is close-knit and is a great choice for undergraduate education!