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.
Academic Plan

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

Requirement

Credit Hours

University Requirements

21-22

Faculty Requirements

21

Specialization Requirements
(Major And Minor) 

74

Free Electives

11-12

Total

128

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Specialization Requirements (74 Credit Hours)

1. Compulsory courses: 59 Credit Hours Constitute of the followings: 

Course number

Prerequisite

CHEM112 | GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 2

CHEM111, CHEM132 or concurrent

CHEM132 | GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2 

CHEM141 or CHEM143 for Environmental Engineering students

CHEM222 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 1

CHEM112, CHEM241 

CHEM223 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB 2

CHEM222, CHEM242 

CHEM243 | QUANTITATIVE ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM112, CHEM132 

CHEM241 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM132

CHEM242 | ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM241

CHEM321 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1

CHEM331 or concurrent

CHEM322 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LAB 2

CHEM332 or concurrent

CHEM331 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM132 ,MATH2311 or department consent

CHEM332 | PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM331

CHEM333 | INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM132, MATH2311 or concurrent

CHEM3361 | PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUMENTAL QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

CHEM234

CHEM411 | SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY

Department consent

CHEM434 | INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM333

PHYS112 | GENERAL PHYSICS LAB 2

PHYS111, PHYS132 or concurrent

PHYS132 | GENERAL PHYSICS 2 

PHYS141, MATH1411

MATH1321 | CALCULUS 2

MATH1411

BIOC311 | BIOCHEMISTRY LAB 1

BIOC331 or concurrent

BIOC312 | BIOCHEMISTRY LAB 2

BIOC311, BIOC332 or concurrent

BIOC331 | BIOCHEMISTRY 1

BIOL131, (CHEM230 or concurrent, or CHEM242 or concurrent)

BIOC332 |  BIOCHEMISTRY 2

BIOC331

BIOC413 | CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY LAB

BIOC432 or concurrent

BIOC432 |CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY METHODS

BIOC311, (CHEM221 or CHEM234) or concurrent

 

2. Elective courses

First Group: 6 credit hours from the following courses:

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

CHEM330 

Industrial Chemistry 

CHEM242 

CHEM3341 

Polymer Chemistry 

CHEM242 

CHEM426 

Instrumental Analysis Lab 

CHEM3361 

CHEM430 

Bioinorganic Chemistry  

CHEM434 or concurrent 

CHEM432 

Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds 

CHEM223  

CHEM433 

Metabolic Chemistry  

CHEM242, BIOC331 

CHEM435 

Quantum Chemistry 

CHEM331, MATH1321 

CHEM436 

Inorganic Chemistry Lab 

CHEM434 or concurrent 

CHEM437 

Independent Study in Chemistry 

Fourth year level and Department consent 

CHEM438 

Special Topics  

Department consent  

Second Group: 9 credit hours from the following courses or any other chemistry course of 300 level or above

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

BIOL243 

General Microbiology 

BIOL111 

BIOL244 

Cell Biology 

BIOL111 

BIOC434 

Enzymology 

BIOC331 

BIOC435 

Endocrinology 

BIOC332 

BIOC438 

Special Topic in Biochemistry 

Fourth year level and Department consent 

CHEM430 

Bioinorganic Chemistry 

BIOL434 or concurrent 

CHEM433 

Metabolism Chemistry 

CHEM242, BIOL331