Chemistry and Brewing Science

Chemistry and Brewing Sciences: What a nice mix!

Experience a hands-on education and small class sizes in the Department of Chemistry and Brewing Science.

The Chemistry and Brewing Science Department offers four distinct programs: Chemistry Honours, Chemistry Major, Chemistry Minor, and a Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science.


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Average chemistry class size in the final 2 years.


Number of hours of brewing experience on state-of-the-art equipment students have in the Brewing Science program.


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Students working in the brewery
State-of-the-art facilities


The Chemistry Department places a strong emphasis on experimental work. To this end, the Chemistry department has expended considerable funds to provide outstanding laboratory facilities. Indeed, we feel that our undergraduate laboratories are as well-equipped as any undergraduate laboratories in Canada.

Chemistry Club
News and info about our department


Did you know Bishop’s has its own brewery and the beers crafted by our students and professors can be purchased not only at the Bishop’s Arches Brewery on campus, but also at various stores around Sherbrooke?

Courses & Programs

Chemistry is the center of science

The Chemistry and Brewing Science Department programs provide students with a balanced, rich, and practical education in all sub-disciplines of Chemistry (Analytical, Biochemical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical), and Brewing Sciences (Hops, Yeast, Brewing Water Chemistry, Malt and Malting, and Business of Brewing). Students graduating with a Chemistry degree from Bishop’s University have had an excellent record of being admitted to graduate schools and professional programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Education, etc.) or in finding employment in their field.

Undergraduate Degree ProgramsBachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry – Honours, Major, or Minor

The Chemistry Honours program prepares a student for graduate studies in chemistry, for Medicine and Dentistry, as well as for direct professional employment.

The Chemistry Major program prepares students for industrial or other employment that requires an extensive knowledge of chemistry. The program has sufficient flexibility to allow students to obtain a second major or a minor in another academic discipline.

Both the Honours and Major programs fulfils the academic requirements for membership in the Chemical Institute of Canada and for accreditation by l’Ordre des chimistes du Québec.

Graduate ProgramsGraduate Certificate in Brewing Science

The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science program is to provide a comprehensive education on the science of the ingredients of beer, the brewing process, and the analytical methods specific to the brewing industry. This education is fortified by more than 200 hours of brewing experience on state-of-the-art equipment.

The Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science is a program designed specifically to meet the growing need for well-trained, scientifically educated brewers and/or brewing analysts in the craft and industrial brewing sectors.

Number one in faculty awards
Maclean’s University Rankings

Teaching & Research Excellence

Bishop’s was voted #1 in faculty awards and #2 for course instructors. The professors are committed to your success and are heavily involved in undergraduate laboratories, which enhances interaction between faculty members and students and results in a friendly and very productive learning experience in experimental science.

Small class sizes
You are not a number

Small class sizes

Class sizes in chemistry and brewing sciences courses are small, which promotes close personal interaction between faculty members and students.

Awards and scholarships
Money matters

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Through the help of government, alumni, current students, faculty and staff, the Bishop’s Foundation, corporations and private donors, over 53% of our students receive financial assistance through scholarships, awards, grants, bursaries and loans. Just because you aren’t top of your class, or super involved outside the classroom, or can’t run the fastest doesn’t mean you won’t be eligible. We have hundreds of scholarships and awards that have a wide variety of requirements…you never know what you might receive!

Dr. Dale Wood in the brewery
What’s brewing Doc?

About your teachers

Dr. Dale Wood has inspired students from various disciplines to enter his lab and study the science of brewing. Over the years, his individual course offering has grown into what became Eastern Canada’s first academic brewery. After two years in Belgium, Dr. Alexandre Drouin came back in Sherbrooke where he joined Tranzyme Pharma as an NSERC postdoctoral scientist and worked on the development of new drugs for gastrointestinal diseases. He finally joined Bishop’s University in September 2012 as an assistant professor where he teaches all organic chemistry courses and labs.


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