Why Chemistry?

A degree in chemistry from Trinity Western University couples biblical principles with scientific practice—and delivers a solid foundation for scientific investigation in a multitude of careers.

Why Chemistry?

A degree in chemistry from Trinity Western University couples biblical principles with scientific practice—and delivers a solid foundation for scientific investigation in a multitude of careers.

Chemistry is known as the central science, because it interacts with all other sciences, and it explains the world around us.

A degree in chemistry can lead to a career in environmental science, nanotechnology, materials chemistry, sustainable and green chemistry, biotechnology, or a medical discipline.

Through our degree program, you will acquire theoretical principles and the laboratory skills you need for a career in chemistry, or a related career in which chemistry is an asset or requirement. As part of your chemistry studies, you may make aspirin in your introductory chemistry lab or test the pond water for compounds important in water quality.

Whether learning how to synthesize molecules, solving molecular structures, understanding the physical basis of chemical bonding, or understanding how a metal works when forming a mineral structure or in a catalytic biological enzyme, each class offers key principles and real-world applications. You will be trained by faculty who are experts in their individual fields and eager to share that expertise by mentoring students.


  • A major in Chemistry leading to a BSc (Honours) degree*
  • A major in General Chemistry leading to a BSc degree
  • A major in Chemistry, with an emphasis on Life Sciences, leading to a BSc**

*Accredited by the Chemical Institute of Canada; ideal for students going on to pursue further studies in chemistry.

**Ideal for pre-med students and careers in biochemistry.


“During my undergraduate degree at TWU, I had an excellent experience and I was fortunate to have really good professors. I was given the opportunity to do undergraduate research, which piqued my interest in chemistry, and ultimately led to my current enrolment in the PhD program at SFU. Through the research I conducted during my undergrad, I was able to develop skills in research that aren’t normally accessible until grad school, which stood out during my application to grad school. The lab experience at TWU both in research and courses was really hands-on, and was a great part of studying chemistry at TWU.”



CHEM 221 • Organic Chemistry

An introduction to theoretical, physical, and descriptive organic chemistry. A study of the properties of aliphatic, alicyclic, and simple aromatic compounds, and an introduction to spectroscopy. The laboratory course illustrates the operations, representative reactions, and syntheses of organic chemistry.

CHEM 370 • Environmental Chemistry

The study of chemical reactions as they relate to the environment. The course takes a biogeochemical approach with emphasis placed on the deleterious effects that human activities and technologies have had on atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial systems. Methods to alleviate environmental problems are considered.


Graduates of our Chemistry program are well prepared to continue on to graduate degrees to pursue academic or industry careers. Others obtain advanced degrees in medical, pharmaceutical, and dental schools. Career possibilities are endless—laboratory technicians, managers, or business owners in environmental, agricultural, and medical settings. Some combine chemistry and a love for education by teaching in elementary, high school, and university laboratories. A few are even in Christian ministry. Our program provides students with a solid education that prepares you for many possibilities.


Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Honours
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Laboratory Facilities

Trinity Western University boasts state of the art laboratories and facilities that provide students with "hands-on" experience on a range of modern instrumental techniques.

Careers in Chemistry
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TWU’s chemistry graduates find careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Technology management
  • Sciences of environment and agriculture
  • Science research and education

Faculty Profiles

Paul Brown, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of Chemistry (Retired Professor of Chemistry)

Miriam Buschhaus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Shane Durbach

Shane Durbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chadron Mark Friesen, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Co-Chair, Department of Chemistry

Rose Hirowatari, B.Sc.

Sessional Instructor of Chemistry

José E. Méndez Campos , MSc

Technician and Lab Instructor

J.D. (Jack) Van Dyke, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry