Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the structure, composition, properties and reactions of matter. For this reason, chemistry is often referred to as the “the central science” because it is central to the understanding the world we live in and also is a bridge between many other scientific disciplines such as physics, biology, geology and earth sciences.

Chemists continue make an enormous contribution to society, for example:  development of batteries for portable electronic devices; discovery of drugs and medicines for treating disease; polymers for drug delivery, medical implants and aerospace, flavors and preservatives used in food or water purification and many others. A world of opportunities awaits students who major in chemistry.

Khalifa’s BSc in Chemistry is designed to educate students to be able to design, develop, and investigate chemical processes at the fundamental level. The early stages of the 4-year program give you a broad introduction to all areas of chemistry including organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry. You will also study supporting subjects to ensure a broad education. You will spend time in the lecture room and in our well-equipped laboratories learning the practical and theoretical skills needed for modern chemistry.

In later years, you will study up-to-date, cutting-edge topics and specialize in a particular area. This includes an Internship and a research project conducted with one of the Faculty members. Three degree-tracks, designed to serve the country’s needs, are currently available:

  • The Environmental Chemistry track promotes sustainable development through environmental monitoring and assessment, green chemistry and renewable energies.
  • The Materials Chemistry track considers downstream petroleum-based industries such as polymers and plastics and also novel nanomaterials such as carbon and metal oxide materials.
  • The Forensic Chemistry track will support the analytical and investigative skills linked with industrial and medical applications as well as criminology in the police force and other investigative agencies.

The program allows you to understand the modern theories of chemical behaviour and how they are applied to a wide range of situations. You will also develop experimental skills for chemical synthesis and measurement and in experimental design. You will become expert in numeracy, scientific literacy, critical thinking and IT, so that, as a chemistry graduate, you will be well-prepared for a wide range of careers.

Graduates from chemistry programs are employed in a huge range of careers. They have the skills and knowledge needed for work in technical areas or scientific research and development in materials, polymer and petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, energy, forensics, food science and the environment as well as in government policy. They are also well-suited to broader roles in education and teaching, journalism and scientific publishing, administration, banking and finance. Many graduates go on to postgraduate (Masters) study or research (PhD) to follow industrial or academic research.

You can find out more about the types of career available to chemistry graduates by reading information from the Chemistry professional bodies, the American Chemical Society or the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

 

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/college-to-career/chemistry-careers.html

http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/your-future-chemistry

Program Objectives

The BSc in Chemistry aims to produce graduates who will:

  • Possess substantial technical skills and theoretical knowledge in chemistry, and will be able to apply these appropriately in a variety of professional or academic contexts.
  • Be competent in a broad range of technical and non-technical transferable skills, which are needed to have successful careers and assume leadership roles in industry, business and the government sector.
  • Be prepared to pursue advanced studies in a range of disciplines, including but not limited to those allied to chemistry.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating with a BSc in Chemistry will have achieved the following set of knowledge-based, performance/skills-based, and affective competencies:

  1. Students will have specialized knowledge of the major sub-disciplines within chemistry, and will have the capacity to apply that knowledge in a professional context.
  2. Students will have a broad understanding of the sciences, mathematics and other disciplines relevant to chemistry and will be able to integrate that knowledge to solve problems.
  3. Students will be able to efficiently search for, retrieve and critically evaluate technical literature and data.
  4. Students will be able to design and implement laboratory / computational experiments, analyse the resulting data, and apply appropriate safety measures.
  5. Students will be able to use the scientific method, apply critical thinking and reason analytically to solve chemical problems and conduct research.
  6. Students will be able to communicate effectively in oral or written form, to a range of scientific and non-scientific audiences. Students will be able to work productively in multidisciplinary teams to solve problems, debate different points of view, and exercise self-reflection following professional norms.
  7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the societal and economic importance of chemistry, and the significance of ethical and environmental concerns for acting responsibly among chemists.

The normal length of the program is 127 credits. To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Chemistry, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover an extended set of the University General Education Requirements (GER), as well as the Chemistry Core and Technical Elective Requirements.

Chemistry Math/Sciences Requirement (5 credits)

The BSc in Chemistry requires the following additional Math/Science courses, in addition to the GER:

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
CHEM105 Health and Safety in Science 1 cr.
CHEM200 Quantitative Methods in Physical Sciences 4 cr.

Chemistry Core Requirements (58 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
CHEM106 Chemical Information Research Skills 3 cr.
CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM231 Physical Chemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM332 Physical Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM330 Introduction to Computational Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM311 Biochemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM241 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM342 Spectroscopic and Separation Methods in Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM343 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Techniques in Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM351 Main Group Compounds: Structure, Reactivity and Characterization 4 cr.
CHEM352 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM301 Internship 1 cr.
CHEM401 Senior Thesis I 3 cr.
CHEM402 Senior Thesis II 3 cr.

Additional Program Structure and Requirements

Free electives are intended to provide students with flexibility to develop depth and/or breadth of theoretical and/or experiential knowledge to support their career paths and individual interests. Students can choose from the below list to satisfy their math/ science/ engineering elective requirements for Chemistry within their undergraduate research or independent study opportunities. Additional courses may be approved by the Department as math/ science/ engineering electives.

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
ENGR112 Introduction to Computing 4 cr.
CMPE211 Object Oriented Programming 3 cr.
ENGR295 Web and Mobile App Development 3 cr.
MATH211 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 4 cr.
MATH212 Calculus III 4 cr.
MATH213 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 cr.
CIVE238 Geology for Civil Engineering 3 cr.
ISYE271 Modern Methods of Manufacturing 4 cr.
ELCE222 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices 4 cr.
AERO220 Aerospace Materials 3 cr.
CHEM495 Special Topics in Chemistry 3 cr.

Chemistry Technical Elective Requirements (12 credits)

To satisfy a total of 12 credits of technical electives, every student must select one of the degree tracks offered by the Department depending on student’s general interests for the sub-discipline, on higher study plans, on scholarship type, or pre-defined employment areas and opportunities.

At present, three areas of specializations are offered: (i) Environmental Chemistry, (ii) Forensic Chemistry, and (iii) Materials Chemistry.

BSc in Chemistry students need to select 12 credits from the following list:

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
CHEM461 Environmental Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM462 Pollution Science and Control – Management, Technology and Regulations 4 cr.
CHEM463 Methods for Environmental Trace Analysis 4 cr.
CHEM471 Fundamentals of Forensic Science 4 cr.
CHEM472 Forensic Chemistry and Evidence Analysis 4 cr.
BMED413 Applications of Bio-Molecular Tools 4 cr.
CHEM481 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 4 cr.
CHEM482 Nanochemistry 4 cr.
CHEM483 Polymer Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM391* Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
CHEM491* Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
CHEM495* Special Topics in Chemistry 3 cr.

*At most four credits of the technical electives may be satisfied from a different track after departmental approval. In special cases, a student will be allowed to satisfy at most four credits of technical electives via alternative advanced chemistry free elective topics, subjected to departmental approval. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study.

FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
Year 1 ENGL111 English Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 English Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
CHEM105 Health and Safety in Science 1 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM106 Chemical Information Research Skills 3 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr.
Summer
Year 2 HUMAxxx Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr. Math/Science/Engineering Elective 3 cr.
CHEM200 Quantitative Methods in Physical Sciences 4 cr. CHEM231 Physical Chemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I 4 cr. CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II 4 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. CHEM241 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
Summer HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr.
Year 3 CHEM330 Introduction to Computational Chemistry 4 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr.
CHEM332 Physical Chemistry II 4 cr. CHEM311 Biochemistry I 4 cr.
CHEM342 Spectroscopic and Separation Methods in Analytical Chemistry 4 cr. CHEM343 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Techniques in Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM351 Main Group Compounds: Structure, Reactivity and Characterization 4 cr. CHEM352 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
Summer CHEM301 Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 BUSS201 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance 3 cr. BUSS301 Inside Organizations 3 cr.
HUMAxxx Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr. CHEM498 Senior Research Project II 3 cr.
CHEM497 Senior Research Project I 3 cr. Technical Elective 4 cr.
Technical Elective 4 cr. Technical Elective 4 cr.
Math/Science/Engineering Free Elective 3 cr.

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