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Course Requirements

TOTAL UNIT REQUIREMENT

12 credits for a PhD. Direct entry PhD students and MSc students planning to transfer to the PhD must complete 12 credits in the first 24 months of their program (at least 9 of the 12 credits must be at the 500-level or above) plus CHEM 540.

12 credits for an MSc. (The MSc thesis counts as 18 more credits giving a total of 30) plus CHEM 540.

RECOMMENDED COURSES

a) Courses in the major field

  • Chem 501 and 503 for physical chemists;
  • Chem 533 and 534 for analytical chemists;
  • Chem 561 and 573 for organic chemists;
  • Chem ​521B and 529 for inorganic chemists.

b) Seminar courses

  • Chem 540 A, B, and C (1 credit).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

MSc students must complete at least 9 credits at the 500-level or above.

Within the first 24 months, direct entry PhD students (or MSc students who wish to transfer to the PhD) must complete a minimum of 12 credits of coursework with a first class (minimum 80%) average.  Of these, at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above, and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing (80% or better).  Clear evidence of research ability or potential must also be shown.

OPTIONAL COURSES

May be taken from:

a) suitable approved courses numbered 300 or higher offered by other departments.
b) approved Chemistry undergraduate courses numbered 400 or higher.
c) Chemistry graduate courses.

Special arrangements are required for:

1) graduate students who have completed an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry at another University.
2) graduate students involved in interdisciplinary studies (e.g. chemical oceanography, etc.).
3) graduate students who have completed graduate courses in other Chemistry Departments.
4) graduate students admitted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies on a probationary basis.

NOTE: Outside courses require the approval of the Departments concerned.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

(The following is taken from the UBC Calendar, Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations).

1. For transfer to a Ph.D. program, or to be confirmed in a PhD program from the direct entry PhD program, after 24 months of study the requirements are:

  • Twelve credits with First-class average;
  • At least nine credits at the 500 level;
  • At least nine credits must be First Class standing;
  • Clear evidence of research ability or potential.

(This rule is applicable to all students who do not have a previous Masters Degree).

2. To remain in a program:

(a) M.Sc. rules are:

A candidate may be required to withdraw if progress has not been satisfactory as shown by course work that does not meet the requirements (given below), an excessive number of credits below 68% or courses with incomplete standing, unsatisfactory progress on the thesis, or failure to satisfy additional requirements of the Department or the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

(For individual courses the passing mark in graduate work is 68%. Only three credits of course work with 60-67% may be counted towards a Master's program; for all other courses credited to the program, at least 68% must be obtained. A student who obtains more than one grade below 60% will be required to withdraw. In the Chemistry Department an average of less than 75% with a major course grade of less than 68% is generally unsatisfactory and the student would be required to withdraw).

(b) Ph.D. rules are:

A candidate may be required to withdraw if progress has not been satisfactory as shown by course work, the comprehensive examination, progress on the thesis, or other requirements of the Department or the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

(This rule is also applicable to students who have a previous Master's Degree. A Ph.D. student who has a M.Sc. degree is expected to obtain a standing similar to those without M.Sc. degrees. However, fewer than 12 credits may be taken in the first year. An average of less than 75% has generally been unsatisfactory and the student may be required to withdraw. A student who obtains more than one grade below 68% will be required to withdraw.

When permission has been granted to repeat a course it must be completed with the required standing within the next academic year. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of registration and withdrawal from graduate work.