Chemistry is the study of matter – everything we can see, touch, feel and everything that we cannot - from the distant stars to invisible atoms.
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.
Modules offered under chemistry are listed below:
Major Module requirement for Chemistry: not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SC-4000 modules.
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
Computing Skills for Chemistry
Transition Metal Chemistry
Fundamental Groups in Organic Chemistry
Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications
Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry
Principles of Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
Organic Synthesis and Design
Chemistry Project (2 semesters)
Semiconductors as Photocatalysts
Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Reactive Intermediates in Organic Syntheses
Carbocyclic Rings and Multistep Syntheses
Selected Topics in Advanced Spectroscopy
Medical Natural Products
Equilibrium Electrochemistry and Ion Transport
Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
Surface Chemical Phenomena
Statistical Thermodynamics and Reaction Kinetics
Modern Analytical Techniques
Food Chemistry and Chemical Analysis of Food
Biosensors, Biochips and Nanobiotechnology
Drug Design, Delivery and Development
Industrial and Applied Chemistry
Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
We offer 2 breadth modules to non-chemistry major students:
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Hartini binti Hj Mohd Yasin
Chemical Sciences Programme Leader
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, BE1410.
+673 (2) 460922+673 (2) 461502 (fax)
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