Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive chemistry program is led by award-winning faculty and produces students who are eager to make meaningful contributions to any project. Dalhousie Chemistry students specialize in one of the four major areas of chemistry: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.

Student skills

  • Chemical synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Purification of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Quantitative and compositional analysis of chemical species
  • Energetic (thermodynamic) measurements of chemical materials
  • Spectroscopy data collection and processing
  • Chemical reaction rate and product yield detection


  • Forensics
  • Metallurgy
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Research and development

Past roles

  • Research assistant
  • Material composition analyst
  • Brewery technician
  • Computer simulator
  • Lab technician
  • Youth science instructor
  • Science tutor

Past employers

  • Old Brewery
  • IWK Health Centre
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Cape Breton University
  • Acadia University
  • Environment Canada
  • SuperNOVA Youth Science Workshop
  • Defence Research & Development Canada

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Study Work term 2
4th year Work term 3 Study Study
5th year Graduation    

Chemistry co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 20.00


Faculty of Science: Chemistry website.