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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The BSc in Chemistry program at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology educates future scientists to design, develop, and investigate chemical processes at the fundamental scale. A chemistry education provides a holistic set of skills (e.g. computational, analytical, numerical and synthetic) and methodologies for looking at the physical world. Chemistry students further have an opportunity to pursue their interests in more specialized sub-disciplines of chemistry through available degree-tracks, designed to serve the country’s needs in three vital areas: environmental, materials and forensic sciences.

(i) The Environmental Chemistry track is expected to promote a sustainable development through environmental monitoring and assessment, green chemistry and renewable energies

(ii) The Materials Chemistry track will contribute to downstream petroleum-based industries such as the manufacture of polymers and plastics.

(iii) The Forensic Chemistry track will support the investigative skills linked with criminology and the police force.

Chemists synthesize life-saving drugs within the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences sectors and although this is a nascent industry within the UAE, the BSc in Chemistry program intends to pave the way for training a new generation of Emiratis who can play a leading role in developing this crucial sector of the UAE economy.

Upon successful completion of the degree, the BSc in Chemistry graduates can pursue further studies or careers in business, industry and academia, locally or internationally. Typical employment fields within the UAE and the Gulf region encompass quality control, technical jobs, consultancy or R&D in industrial and chemical laboratories, university and industrial research centers, environmental protection agencies, chemical manufacturing plants, forensic chemistry police, and education.

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.

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.

TThe 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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