The aim of the Chemistry Department at Alexander College is to provide exceptional opportunities for students in learning the fundamental principles of chemistry through a combination of engaging lectures and interactive laboratory programs.
Our chemistry courses stress understanding of chemical principles, as well as the experimental basis of the science by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The AC Difference
Chemistry at AC is the right place for those who seek an excellent and stimulating education. Many opportunities are awaiting for you including a range of accredited course offerings, devoted faculty members, small class sizes and excellent lab facilities.
Majoring in chemistry can help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for a career centered in the scientific world, research, teaching or various fields of industry including chemicals, medical, health sciences, pharmacology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.
The course begins with a review of core concepts, then covers gases, thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, properties of solutions including freezing point depression and boiling point elevation, and oxidation and reduction. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory experiments. It can be used as a prerequisite for Chemistry 101 by students without Chemistry 12.
ENGL 098, MATH 100 (recommended)
UBC CHEM 1st (3), Not for credit in Science or Applied Science.
SFU CHEM 111 (4)
UVIC CHEM 091 (0)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)
TRU CHEM 1XXX (3), Not for credit in BSc
This laboratory-lecture course is designed for students who want to pursue a major or minor degree program in science. The course provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry with emphasis on the theory of atomic and molecular structure and bonding. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory experiments.
ENGL 098, CHEM 12 or CHEM 100, MATH 12
UBC CHEM 1st (4)
SFU CHEM 121 (4)
UVic CHEM 101 (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)
TRU CHEM 1510 (3)
This laboratory-lecture course is designed for students who want to pursue a major or minor degree program in science. The course provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry with emphasis on chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, and organic chemistry. The course consists of lectures, tutorials, and integrated laboratory experiments.
ENGL 098, CHEM 101
UBC CHEM 1st (4)
SFU CHEM 122 (2) & SFU CHEM 126 (2)
UVIC CHEM 1XX (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)
TRU CHEM 1500 (3)
Students will study the fundamental aspects of modern organic chemistry as illustrated by the structure, physical and spectroscopic properties and reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, dienes, alkynes, halogen compounds, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones. The laboratory component is designed to complement the lecture material and give students experience with basic analytical techniques.
ENGL 099, CHEM 102
UBC CHEM 2nd (4)
SFU CHEM 281 (4)
UVIC CHEM 231 (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)
TRU CHEM 2120 (3)
Students will study the structure and reactions of aromatics, polycyclic aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds, and their enolates, and an introduction to the chemistry of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The laboratory component is designed to complement the lecture material and give students experience with basic analytical techniques. Note: This course is a continuation of CHEM 201.
ENGL 099, CHEM 201
UBC CHEM 2nd (4) or ALEX CHEM 201 (4) & ALEX CHEM 202 (4) = UBC CHEM 203 (4) & UBC CHEM 213 (3) & UBC CHEM 245 (1)
SFU CHEM 283 (3) & CHEM 286 (1)
UVIC CHEM 232 (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4) or ALEX CHEM 201 (4) & ALEX CHEM 202 (4) = UNBC CHEM 201 (3) & UNBC CHEM 203 (3) & UNBC CHEM 250 (1) & UNBC CHEM 251 (1)
TRU CHEM 2220 (3)
Dr. Jason Mirzaei is a chemistry lecturer at Alexander College. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Manitoba, for his work on developing functional nanomaterials, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC. He has authored and co-authored more than 15 refereed publications and has received several awards and scholarships for his dedication to research and teaching excellence.
Since 2010, Dr. Mirzaei has taught and supervised first to third year students in general, physical and organic chemistry courses. He is especially interested in the use of innovative instructional techniques including online assignment systems, interactive simulations, videos, and social media for teaching chemistry. Being a passionate educator, he has been very keen to explore pedagogical principles and new teaching practices. He has completed serval certifications and workshops in teaching including the Certification in Higher Education Teaching (CHET) program delivered by the Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba and Instruction Skills Workshop at Alexander College.
When he is not working, Dr. Mirzaei enjoys spending time with his family, listening to various podcasts, travelling locally and internationally, and inventing new ideas
Dr. Grob received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany for designing highly efficient and sensitive separation methods for surface-active substances using non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis.
Dr. Grob immigrated to Canada and worked as a research associate at the University of British Columbia for 10 years. Her research focus was in medicinal chemistry where she investigated the modes of action of anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs through chromatography and mass spectrometry. Dr. Grob published her work in multiple scientific journals and cooperated closely with pharmaceutical companies that worked in joint venture with the University of British Columbia and specifically appointed her for her research.
Dr. Grob is an A+ graduate from the Provincial Instructor Diploma program granted to her by the Ministry of Advanced education and in addition earned several teaching certificates including the Instruction Skills Workshop certificate from the University of British Columbia and from Alexander College.
The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is a national not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering through its three constituent societies.
Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
A non-profit educational organization created in 2005 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students.
A collection of short videos about each of the elements in the Periodic Table, produced by the University of Nottingham.