Chemistry is the study of matter – everything we can see, touch, feel and everything that we cannot - from the distant stars to invisible atoms. The Chemical Sciences programme offers two streams under the Chemistry Major: Chemistry, and Applied Chemistry.

In a Chemistry major, you will study the structure, properties and interactions of the matter around us. Most importantly, you will learn laboratory skills – these include but are not limited to; how to measure chemicals in the environment, how to observe a chemical transformation and how to make useful materials such as pharmaceuticals. The Chemistry major prepares you to work as a chemist, or in other occupations in which a scientific background is required.

Students planning to take chemistry as a major should enjoy working with their hands, building scientific gadgets and performing experiments. Perseverance, curiosity, the ability to concentrate on details and to work independently are essential. With a low student to staff ratio and your own academic advisor, you will receive professional mentoring and be taught hands-on operation of modern scientific instrumentation.

GenNEXT BSc Chemistry – 4 Years      SC Modules offered in Semester 2, January 2016/20177

The modules distributions of the two streams are listed below. The pure chemistry stream will teach the core chemical principles such as observation of chemical processes, chemical synthesis, chemical analysis and energetics of chemical processes. This option is suitable for those interested in core and pure chemistry. However, today’s scientific landscape sometimes makes it necessary to study chemistry in the broader context in relation to biological, physical, geological, engineering and a host of other disciplines, therefore we also offer an Applied Chemistry option to account for the overlapping need of the modern multidisciplinary collaborative science. In the Applied Chemistry stream, the first two years will follow the pure chemistry stream structure. However, students in their final year of Applied Chemistry will have different module options to choose from that they would like to specialize in.

Chemistry

Major Module requirement for Chemistry: not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SC-4000 modules.

Level

Module

Code

Module Title

MC

1000

Major Core

SC-1211
SC-1221
SC-1241

Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

4
4
4

 

Major Option

SC-1381

Computer Skills in Chemistry

2

2000

Major Core

SC-2212
SC-2222
SC-2242
SC-2261

Transition Metal Chemistry
Fundamental Groups in Organic Chemistry
Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications
Principles of Analytical Chemistry

4
4
4
4

3000

Major Core

SC-3262

Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis

4

 

Major Option

SC-3313
SC-3323

Organometallic Chemistry
Organic Synthesis and Design

4
4

4000

Major Core

SC-4290

Chemistry Project (2 semesters)

8

 

Major Option

SC-4317
SC-4318
SC-4325
SC-4326
SC-4327
SC-4328
SC-4329
SC-4346
SC-4363
SC-4365
SC-4366
SC-4367
SC-4381
SC-4382
SC-4383

Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
Nuclear Chemistry
Reactive Intermediates in Organic Syntheses
Carbocyclic Rings and Multistep Syntheses
Bio-Organic Chemistry
Selected Topics in Advanced Spectroscopy
Medical Natural Products
Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
Modern Analytical Techniques
Environmental Chemistry
Food Chemistry and Chemical Analysis of Food
Biosensors, Biochips and Nanobiotechnology
Drug Design, Delivery and Development
Industrial and Applied Chemistry
Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
4
2
2
2
4
2

Applied Chemistry

Major Module requirement for Applied Chemistry: not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SC-4000 modules.

Level

Module

Code

Module Title

MC

1000

Major Core

SC-1211
SC-1221
SC-1241

Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

4
4
4

 

Major Option

SC-1381
SB-2243

Computer Skills in Chemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry

2
4

2000

Major Core

SC-2212
SC-2222
SC-2242
SC-2243
SC-2261

Transition Metal Chemistry
Fundamental Groups in Organic Chemistry
Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications
Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry
Principles of Analytical Chemistry

4
4
4
4
4

3000

Major Core

SC-3262

Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis

4

 

Major Option

SC-3313
SC-3323

Organometallic Chemistry
Organic Synthesis and Design

4
4

4000

Major Core

SC-4290

Chemistry Project (2 semesters)

8

 

Major Option

SC-4317
SC-4318
SC-4319
SC-4325
SC-4326
SC-4327
SC-4328
SC-4346
SC-4368

Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
Nuclear Chemistry
Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Reactive Intermediates in Organic Syntheses
Carbocyclic Rings and Multistep Syntheses
Bio-Organic Chemistry
Selected Topics in Advanced Spectroscopy
Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy Biosensors, Biochips and Nanobiotechnology

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
4

Major Option
(Compulsory to take at least 12 MC)

SC-4311
SC-4329
SC-4363
SC-4365
SC-4381
SB-4241
SB-4242
SC-4366
SC-4382
SC-4368
SC-4383
SB-4314

Semiconductors as Photocatalysts
Medicinal Natural Products
Modern Analytical Techniques
Environmental Chemistry
Drug Design, Delivery and Development
Advanced Biochemistry
Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Food Chemistry and Chemical Analysis of Food
Industrial and Applied Chemistry
Biosensors, Biochips and Nanobiotechnology
Biologycal and Medical Chemistry
Biotechnology

2
2
2
4
2
2
4
4
2
4
2
2
4

Please click here to view the programme structure for Applied Chemistry major.

Breadth modules

We offer 2 breadth modules to non-chemistry major students:

  1. SC-1401 Chemistry of the Environment (4 MC)
  2. SC-1482 Chemistry in Everyday Life (2 MC)
  3. SC-1483 Chemistry in Everyday Life (4 MC)

Teaching and Assessment:

The core modules for the GenNext Bachelor of Science major in Chemical Sciences contain basic, intermediate and advanced topics in analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students will attend lectures, tutorial, seminars and hands-on practical classes and their final year project. In addition to essential elements of a GenNext degree and laboratory skills, computing and IT skills are also incorporated in the modules as employers increasingly prefer job applicants to be not only computer literate, but also capable of applying computer skills to modelling and simulation tasks. Nowadays, most laboratory instruments are also computerised and the ability to operate and understand the equipment will be part of these modules.

Assessment methods vary depending on the type of modules taken and most of the modules involve both coursework-based assessment (such as practical reports, assignments, tests and seminar) and examination.

Careers:

There are many career paths available to chemistry graduates. Chemistry graduates work in many different capacities from finance to sales in multinational companies such as Shell, TOTAL, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes; and in the government sector - in Health, Environment, Water Services, Fisheries and the Agriculture. Graduates may go on to study chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, or other advanced qualifications.

Many chemists work in research and development. They investigate the properties, composition, and structure of matter and the laws that govern the combination of elements and reactions of substances. This information is used to create new products and processes, or improve existing ones. Chemists also work in production and quality control in chemical manufacturing plants. They prepare instructions for plant workers, which specify ingredients, mixing times, and temperatures for each stage in the process. They monitor automated processes to ensure proper product yield, and they test samples to certify that the product meets industry and government standards.

Facilities

The Chemical Sciences section is ably equipped with modern scientific instrumentation to provide the students with hands-on experiences in using these instruments during practical classes and final year projects. These instruments include high-field NMR, CHN analyser, GC-MS, HPLC, UF-HPLC, IC, FTIR, UV-Vis spectrometers, AAS, ICP-OES, Voltammetric analyzers, automated Kjedahl total protein analyzer, automated total fat analyzer, automated fiber analyzer, PCR, electrochemical analyzer, electrochemiluminescence analyzer, ELISA reader, fluoro-spectrometers and many more.

Contact:

Dr. Lim Lee Hoon
Chemical Sciences Programme Leader
nb.ude.dbu@mil.nooheel