Year of Science Lecture Series
Douglas College hosted a four-part lecture series in February 2011, covering some of the most topical, controversial subjects of our time. Watch the lectures here
How do you make Aspirin? Why do leaves turn colours in the fall? How does a battery generate electricity? Chemistry gives you the answers to questions like these.
Chemistry is the science of matter, dealing with the composition of substances, their properties and their reactions. Chemists are a curious bunch, constantly asking - and finding out the answers to - questions like "what is this made of?" and "what will happen to it if I heat it, freeze it, add another substance to it?"
At Douglas College, you'll learn why chemistry is an important stepping stone to understanding biology, geology, medicine, engineering and other sciences. We offer courses covering the structure of matter; chemical energetics and dynamics; and analytical, environmental, physical and organic chemistry. And if you're not quite ready for college-level courses, we also offer an introductory chemistry course to help prepare you for further study.
In the classroom and the lab you'll find that our small class sizes increase your contact with instructors, lab technicians and your classmates.
Take a look around our Web site and find out where chemistry can take you.
Did you know?
Did you know that Life Savers really do make blue sparks when you bite them? (Wintergreen flavour works the best).
Called triboluminescence, this phenomenon occurs when the sugar crystals in the candy are crushed. Electrons break free from the sugar and become positively charged. They are then attracted to nitrogen molecules in the air and emit ultraviolet radiation, which makes them glow. And if you're chomping on Wintergreen Life Savers, the methyl silicylate that gives them the minty taste will absorb the radiation and emit a blue light.