Faculty of Sciences

Master of Science in Chemistry

Hybrid

Mission

The graduate chemistry program values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum. In pursuit of this mission, the graduate chemistry program aims to prepare students for careers ranging from teaching at postsecondary institutions to conducting research in universities (PhD program), industrial settings, and government laboratories.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will have the ability to design systems, components,...
or processes to meet specified objectives for industrial or laboratory chemical issues within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
2. Graduates will be familiar with research design methodology and be able to use problem­solving techniques associated with interdisciplinary research. They will have the ability to engage in a Doctoral Program (PhD program) with scholars in a variety of interdisciplinary chemical fields.
3. Graduates will have the ability to present chemical information coherently through oral and written discourse and to generate technical documents describing their results for editing and publication in peer reviewed scientific journals.
4. Graduates will recognize the importance of continued self­improvement, to engage in lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will design a system or process within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
b. Employ critical thinking and efficient problem­solving skills in the industrial production process, in separation units and recycling processes.
c. Function in multidisciplinary teams and recognize how their expertise will be applicable in the execution of interdisciplinary industrial problems.
d. Apply the research methodology and statistical analysis to the interpretation and evaluation of critical scientific data.
e. Communicate scientific results in writing and in oral presentation.
f. Generate technical documents describing their results for editing and publication in peer reviewed scientific journals.
g. Identify the future career path and understand how the research training allows them to join the doctoral program or enter employment.
h. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
36 credits
Common Core
ENG510Advanced Academic English
2 credits
This course is designed for graduate students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another.
BCH513Ecotoxicology
3 credits
Ecotoxicology is a relatively new science, whose main objective is to analyze the mechanism responsible for the dysfunction of ecological systems. This course covers the fundamentals of ecotoxicology (toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic regulation) to introduce the students to a risk assessment approach. The different ecotoxicological fundamental principles are illustrated by numerous examples of common contaminants such as heavy metals, PAHs, organochlorine pesticides, etc. and emerging pollutants such as endocrine disruptors and nanoparticles. This course educates and informs students about the health risks associated with exposure to substances in industrial environments, in food and in the general environment. The knowledge gained will make them alert to and ready to declare any disruption to their health industry leaders and hygienists.
SCF600Research Methodology
1 credits
The objective of the course is to introduce students to scientific research. Topics covered are: interest and research objectives; methodologies used in scientific research, and how to define a problematic; data collection; documentary research; analyze the collected knowledge; structure of a Master thesis; write a report; write the bibliography; make a scientific poster; and how to approach making an oral presentation.
STA515Statistical Analysis Methods
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to strengthen the knowledge of students in the field of applied statistics by minimizing the mathematical approach and developing practical and methodological aspects. It presents the main techniques of most known statistical tests (descriptive and inferential statistics, explanatory methods, and data analysis). The course provides an overview and practical main methods available in software, with an aid to the interpretation of the results and through fully processed examples using the statistical software SPSS. Most of the themes will be covered by this course including the analysis of Variance (ANOVA test), comparisons of samples (t­test and Chi-square), single and multiple regression.
CHM511Techniques for Quality Control
3 credits
This course is dedicated to quality and control. It looks at how to implement quality control practices and which criteria are involved in quality control. To understand all dimensions of quality control, the fields of drugs, food and the environment are discussed. The focus on these areas is explained by the improvement requirements for continuous quality.
Specialization
CHM521Characterization Methods
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to give an overview of characterization techniques used for different types of materials. For each technique, we discuss the principle, instrumentation and we show some applications.
CHM631Chemistry and Technology of Polymers
3 credits
After a general introduction to polymers, this course covers the various configurational and conformational structures of polymers and their morphological state (amorphous, single crystals and semi­crystalline). The course then provides an overview of the methods of synthesis and implementation of polymers that have been developed. Next, we examine the various techniques used to characterize these materials (XRD, NMR). At the end of the course, we look at the thermal and mechanical properties of polymers.
CHM632Control and Optimization in the Chemical Industry
3 credits
This course has a wide-ranging content which is required for recognition of the course in a large industrial spectrum. It aims to understand the issues of interdisciplinarity in the industrial field. This course emphasizes the technical side (optimal production, stability), the economic aspects (price of returns, balance mass and energy) and social issues (safety and environment). At the end of the course, students will present a research project on a selected topic in the field.
CHM630Industrial Unit Operation
3 credits
Industrial unit operation is a subdivision of an industrial process which generally consists of a physical or chemical process. This course aims to provide the theoretical bases of some major unit operations classes: equilibrium between phases; dispersion­emulsion; decantation­sedimentation­centrifugation; LL extraction (simple and countercurrent); nucleation and crystallization; and filtration at constant volume or constant pressure. This course develops the classical methods for the resolution of such operations and describes the main technologies used for these operations. Students will present a research project for a selected unit operation.
CHM697AMaster Thesis
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: FSC600 Or SCF600 Or CHM600 Or BCH600
Students must complete a 6 credits research project applied to their major. They are expected to realize a research work in the laboratory, submit a written report and give an oral presentation.
CHM601Special Topics in Chemistry - I
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: FSC600 Or SCF600 Or CHM600 Or BCH600
Topics selected from recent literature on chemistry are studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. For the literature club, students will be responsible for submitting several one­page summaries of articles from the current scientific literature. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
CHM602Special Topics in Chemistry - II
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM601
Topics selected from recent literature on chemistry are studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. For the literature club, students will be responsible for submitting several one­page summaries of articles from the current scientific literature. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
CHM633Sustainable Chemistry
3 credits
Sustainable chemistry is a new way to design, implement and evaluate chemistry, taking into account new aspects relating to respect for the environment and sustainable development.
This new approach and consequent new practices, involves all stakeholders in the chain from research laboratories to end users via the chemical industry companies. Sustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally aware chemical products and processes.
CHM603Tutorial in Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM601
The topic of the Master’s thesis will be studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
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