U of T Scarborough’s undergraduate degree programs in Chemistry have received accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
“This is a major advancement for our programs and a huge vote of confidence for the rigour of our undergraduate teaching enterprise,” says George Arhonditsis, chair of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES).
This is a five-year accreditation, which included a lengthy and complicated application process as well as a site visit from the society. Accreditation recognizes that a program maintains national standards of education, and that graduates of accredited programs all have similar qualifications.
The newly accredited programs are Chemistry, Chemistry Co-op, Biological Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Co-op.
“It is very gratifying to see the culmination of this project and the enhancements to our chemistry programs it has enabled,” says William Gough, dean at U of T Scarborough and former DPES chair. Gough, Vice Principal Research Bernie Kraatz, who himself was DPES chair, and Arhonditsis each played a role in shepherding the application process through.
“I would like to thank our chemistry faculty members for their phenomenal work and impeccable productivity. It is a privilege to share our vision for the department with these outstanding group of committed educators,” says Arhonditsis. “And special thanks go to Professor Effie Sauer for her meticulous work with the preparation of our application.”