Major Chemistry / Minor Biochemistry

The mission of the Bachelor program major in chemistry/minor in biochemistry is to provide students with the background needed for science related positions, and prepare its graduates for careers in chemistry and biological sciences nationally and internationally. The program equips its graduates for pursuing graduate studies in chemistry and professional programs such as pharmacy, medicine and dentistry.

  • Provide students with a broad foundation in chemistry and biochemistry while integrating basic related sciences to a wide variety of chemical and biochemical problems.
  • Apply chemical and biochemical principles in solving qualitative and quantitative chemical and biochemical problems.
  • Become proficient in chemical and biochemical laboratory techniques and be able to apply them with in work environment.
  • Equip students with the skills required to succeed in graduate school or professional school.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior, accountability as well as personal and academic integrity and demonstrate time and resource management.
  • Supplying appropriately trained graduates with required knowledge and skills to enhance employment and career opportunities in the relevant fields.
  • Understanding wide range of scientific principles and providing high quality teaching and provide appropriate learning environment for an undergraduate program.
  • Preparing students for admission in professional qualifications and post-graduate studies in the field.
  • Stimulating and challenging reasoning ability by teaching students to think as scientists.
  • Developing the abilities to apply analytical thinking and operating skills to find solution to chemical problems.
  • Analyzing data related to biological problems and develop solutions to the problem.
  • Applying the standard data analyses methodology and safety procedures and operations in a related laboratory.
  • Operating several basic related equipment and instruments.
  • Performing the required tasks for a research or experimental project
  • Enhancing oral and written communication skills, and problem solving abilities.
  • Ensuring that the student is capable of working confidently and adopting a mature, professional and safe approach in their work.
  • Teamwork and the ability to tackle a practical work, and analysis of the results, data, arguments and cases.
  • Information retrieval in relation to literature information sources, including online searches and information technology skills.
  • An ethical attitude and approach.

Graduates of the bachelor program in major chemistry/minor biochemistry  can be employed within the following:

  • Governmental sector:  including education, various ministries such as Ministry of Environment, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health, the Water Authority and Metrology,
  • Private sector: including science education and the pharmaceutical companies,
  • Industrial sector: including research centers and non-governmental organizations, and
  • Pursuing graduate studies at the national and international levels.

The academic requirements for the Major in Chemistry/Minor in Biochemistry consists of 128 credit hours distributed as follows:

Requirement

Credit Hours

University requirements

21

Faculty of Science  requirements

29

Program requirements

62

Elective courses

16

Total

128

Major in Chemistry/Minor in Biochemistry courses: 62 credit hours

A. Required courses: Major in Chemistry 36 credit hours

Course number

Prerequisite

CHEM112 | GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 2

CHEM 111, CHEM 132 or concurrent

CHEM233 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB

CHEM 112, CHEM 242 or concurrent

CHEM234 | ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 112, CHEM 132

CHEM241 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 132

CHEM242 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM 241

CHEM331 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 132,MATH 2311 or department consent

CHEM332 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM 331

CHEM333 | INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 132,MATH 2311 or concurrent

CHEM3361 | PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUMENTAL QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

CHEM234

CHEM411 | SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY

Department consent

CHEM434 | INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM 333

BIOL 131 or concurrent

PHYS112 | GENERAL PHYSICS LAB 2

PHYS 111, PHYS 132 or concurrent

MATH2311 | CALCULUS 3

MATH 1321

B. Elective Courses Major in Chemistry: 6 credit hours from the following

Course number

Prerequisite

CHEM335 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LAB

CHEM 332 or concurrent

CHEM426 | INSTRUMENTAL QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LABORATORY

CHEM 336

CHEM339 | SPECTROSCOPY

CHEM 242, CHEM 333 or concurrent

CHEM432 | IDENTIFICATION OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

CHEM 233

CHEM436 | INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB

CHEM 434 or concurrent

CHEM438 | Special Topic

Department consent

C. Minor in Biochemistry: 21 credit hours

Required courses: 12 credit hours

Course number

Prerequisite

BIOC311 | BIOCHEMISTRY LAB 1

BIOC331 or concurrent

BIOC312 | BIOCHEMISTRY LAB 2

BIOC311, BIOC332 or concurrent

BIOC331 | BIOCHEMISTRY 1

BIOL 111, CHEM 230 or concurrent, or CHEM 242 or concurrent

BIOC332 | BIOCHEMISTRY 2

BIOC331

BIOC413 | CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB

BIOC432 or concurrent

BIOC432 | CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY METHODS

BIOC311, (CHEM221 or CHEM234) or concurrent

Elective courses: 9 credit hours from the following courses or any other chemistry course of third level or above.

Course number

Prerequisite

BIOL243 | GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

BIOL111

BIOL244 | CELL BIOLOGY

BIOL 111

BIOC434 | ENZYMOLOGY

BIOC332

BIOC435 | ENDOCRINOLOGY

BIOC332

BIOC438 | Special Topic

Fourth level and department consent

CHEM430 | BIO-INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

BIOL 434 or concurrent

CHEM433 | CHEMISTRY OF XENOBIOTIC METABOLISM

CHEM 242, BIOL 331