From learning in the classroom to research in the laboratory, the Chemistry program’s mission is to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in God’s creation, equip students with the knowledge and skills of chemistry, and act with responsibility so that the power of chemistry can be used to care for God’s creation and bring human flourishing.

The Environmental Studies program’s mission is to carry out scholarly research and deliver undergraduate programs that foster an appreciation of God’s good creation, an awareness of the challenging issues of our age and impact human activities have on the environment, to show our love of God and of our neighbour through wise action that results in people’s needs for resources are sustainably met, and equip our students (and others) to live out their calling to unfold and conserve creation while being agents of positive change.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our chemistry and biochemistry programs will:

  • Express a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty, order, and complexity of God’s creation at the level of atoms and molecules
  • Understand and apply the key ideas, theories, and practices in the various sub-disciplines of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, environmental, and biochemistry
  • Apply laboratory skills and use laboratory instrumentation to solve or answer interesting questions in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Propose good research questions, carry out well-designed experiments, and clearly communicate their research results
  • Understand the role of chemistry in shaping the modern world, for good and for bad, as well as seeing that chemistry plays an important role in finding solutions to current environmental and human health challenges.

Graduates of our environmental studies and sciences programs will:

  • Explain how population growth, use and abuse of resources, pollution and disturbance, and extinctions contribute to our modern environmental concerns;
  • Appreciate how the Biblical themes of creation (our good world belongs to God), fall (the world is broken), redemption (Christ died for humans and the rest of creation too!) and restoration (we work for restoration with hope and an eager expectation of Christ’s return) apply to the discipline of environmental studies, and;
  • Recognize that humans depend on and are part of creation and that human flourishing cannot happen if the rest of creation is suffering.



Honours Major


Major Minor

Environmental Science

Honours Major Major

Environmental Studies

Major Minor



Additional Information


Newly renovated research lab with new research instrumentation enhances students’ lab experience and provides additional opportunities for senior student research projects.

Chemistry and Environmental Studies Department Faculty

Dr. Edward Berkelaar

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Ph.D. (2000), Ecotoxicology, University of Guelph; Dissertation: Accumulation of cadmium by durum... Read More

Dr. Darren Brouwer

Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. (2003), Chemistry, University of British Columbia; Dissertation: Location, Disorder, and... Read More


Prof. Steven Decoster

M.Sc. (1993), Bio-Engineering Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.; Aggregaatsdiploma... Read More