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Welcome to the University of Sharjah Welcome to The University of Sharjah (UOS), a University that provides first class education to students from the UAE, Arab countries, and students from around the globe. Contents 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 The University offers academic programs in a broad range of disciplines that truly define it as a world-class university. Programs cover an impressive range of fields and scope including the arts, humanities and social sciences, Islamic studies and Sharia law, international and civil law, communications and themedia, sciences, business, engineering and architecture, fine arts and design, medicine, pharmacy, dental Medicine, health sciences and community college programs. Studying at the University of Sharjah, a prominent and comprehensive university, offers many advantages. You will be exposed to numerous courses and program options that allow you to combine disciplines so that you may participate actively in addressing both today’s challenges and those of the future. You will also enjoy the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of options the program that best matches your talents, aptitude and interests. Lastly, at the University of Sharjah, you will experience a wonderful journey of self-discovery and learning that will bring your best abilities to the forefront. The College of Sciences Chemistry Applied Physics Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing Mathematics Biotechnology Future opportunities Admission Requirements Chemistry Applied Physics Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing 3 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

The College of Sciences The College provides its students with an intellectually challenging education in the field of sciences, enabling them to develop and enrich their society. The College aims to prepare students to become critical thinkers so that they may meet the challenges of tomorrow. The College of Sciences provides high quality education, which enables students to meet the changing needs of the job market and to continue with their higher graduate studies. Graduates from the College of Sciences locate jobs in corporations, oil companies, industries, laboratories of all kinds, environmental institutions, power facilities, hospitals, security and the military as well as the Ministry of Education. 4

Inaddition to theCollege’s significant contribution at the local, regional, and international levels, the College of Sciences offers a diverse range of B.Sc. programs and numerous basic science courses to all of the University’s colleges. Faculty in the College of Science boast vast experience and outstanding qualifications to deliver program specializations vital to the fields of science. All programs are delivered in state-of-theart classroom and research facilities to encourage optimal learning and research outcomes. The College hosts and participates in numerous international conferences that have established it at the forefront of research, innovation, advancement and community, regional and global service. VISION The visionof theCollegeof Sciences is toachievepreeminence and uniqueness among universities in the region through providing a positive academic environment; to achieve excellence in educational programs that are based upon research committed to the teaching process and community needs; to develop student skills and analytical and creative abilities; and to provide a positive academic environment within which to achieve these. MISSION The College of Sciences endeavors to provide undergraduate and graduate students with programs that impart both general and specialized knowledge. These programs are characterized by excellence and modernity and respond to the needs of the community, in addition to providing academic requirements for the University’s various colleges and specializations, and thereby lend support to its overall mission and programs. The College also aims to continually raise the standards of academic research and link research to teaching and learning, while at the same time addressing local and regional community needs. The College further endeavors to engage in and foster research cooperation with local, regional and international institutions. The College promotes and contributes towards human and professional development within the local community by organizing conferences, training courses and participating in workshops to enhance the skills of Emirati professionals. The College encourages seeking knowledge, building a repertoire of technical skills, and actively engaging in life-long learning to enrich creativity and analytical competencies. Finally, it aims to develop communication skills in both English and Arabic to enable students to realize success in their professions, leadership in their fields, and a commitment to the prosperity and welfare of the UAE and regional societies. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

GOALS The College of Sciences seeks to: • Improve the education of undergraduates and graduates in order to prepare new generations of scientists and technologically advanced graduates who understand not only basic scientific concepts, but also have a working knowledge of the latest innovations within the fields of science. • Build and maintain excellence in selected departments and programs across the applied sciences. • Enrich the community of scholarship and learning through diversity. • Improve the ability of students and faculty to conduct research, produce innovative work and integrate scholarship with teaching. • Expand and diversify the resources available to the College in order to achieve its goals. • Position the College of Science as a leader in the University’s quest to become among the most highly recognized international institutions of research. • Enhance University and community service and support the University in its external partnerships by providing appropriate expertise and leadership in the areas of science and technology. OBJECTIVES The objectives of the College of Sciences are as follows: • Provide excellent education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of science. • Provide service and deliver courses to other University colleges. • Build and maintain departmental and program excellence across the sciences. • Enrich the community of scholarship and learning through diversity. • Improve the ability of students and faculty to conduct research, produce creative work and integrate scholarship with teaching. • Expand and diversify the resources available to the College in order to achieve its goals • Provide training and consultancy in a variety of fields to the community at large. • Foster relationships and collaboration with other colleges, the community and institutions locally and internationally. PROGRAMS Bachelor of Science in Chemistry The mission of the Chemistry Program at the University of Sharjah is to provide high quality education to students aspiring to become chemistry professionals. Chemistry graduates will 6

Student Societies To encourage students to be active members of their respective colleges at the University, College of Sciences students have formed several student societies, one for each department in the College. Societies to date include the: • Chemistry Student Society • Physics Student Society • Computing Society • Math Student Society • Biotechnology Student Society Funding and financial support for these societies are provided by the University. enjoy the opportunity of working in various areas including petro chemistry, forensics, quality and safety control, environmental and waste management, pharmaceutics, research and development and at colleges, universities and schools. Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics Our program is designed to provide high quality education in physics at the undergraduate level. It is structured to enable physics graduates to face the general challenges of a professional career and to pursue graduate studies in physics or other related fields. As a graduate in this field, you will enjoy career opportunities at academic institutions, environmental agencies, industrial labs, energy and water resource authorities, medical institutions and in the military, the police, the oil industry, communications and research centers. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics The goal of the Mathematics Program is to provide students with a strong basis in pure and applied mathematics as well as related subjects such as computer science and statistics. This background will enable you as a graduate to cope with the revolutionary developments in information technology and other vital areas. Career opportunities include work within the teaching, banking and insurance sectors, the military, and local and international organizations related to mathematics and its applications. Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology The College of Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield in the UK, now offers a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology for the first time in the UAE. The program will familiarize you with performing highly technical procedures fundamental to biotechnology such as DNA extraction, polymerization by the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), electrophoresis, and tissue culture maintenance. Careers in biotechnology include opportunities in biomedical research, pathology laboratories, biotechnology industries, and agricultural support industries. You may also pursue careers in research and development, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, food processing, and manufacturing. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing The Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing Program is designed to provide quality education in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing at the undergraduate level. It is structured to fulfill the needs of the graduates to enable them to face the general challenges of a professional career in the field and/or pursue further studies in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing or related fields. The program aims to be recognized in the region in providing highly qualified graduates who can address the rapid technological challenges of the future. The program is committed to graduate highly qualified professionals equipped with latest knowledge in Petroleum, Geosciences and remote sensing areas and skills who can contribute to the economic development of the United Arab Emirates and the region. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in ABET accredited This program is designed in accordance with the mission and vision of the University and the College of Sciences to meet the needs of its students, the chemistry community and the society-at-large. The department assures both the quality and excellence of its curriculum and instructional pedagogy. Chemistry MISSION The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide high quality education at the undergraduate level, and to prepare chemistry professionals to participate and contribute to their societies. It aspires to carry out the UOS objective to instill in its student a spirit of independent research and a deep commitment to scientific thinking and continuous progress. 8

The Department of the Chemistry aims to accomplish the following: • Provide a high quality, intellectually challenging education in chemistry that prepares our graduates to make a positive contribution to society. • Provide sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to satisfy accreditation requirements. • Challenge and equip students to be critical, independent learners, experienced in evidence-based assessment of problems, both at the University and throughout life. • Provide training in research and in preparation for higher degrees within a stimulating and supportive environment. • Make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in chemistry at national and international levels. • Act as a focus and source of expertise in chemistry for the United Arab Emirates and the region. • Prepare chemistry professionals, who can initiate change and adapt to it and who will collaborate within inter-disciplinary teams. • Provide highly qualified professionals prepared to work in chemistry laboratories in such diverse areas as chemical industries and educational and research institutions in the United Arab Emirates and the region. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Chemistry is used extensively in many industrial processes including manufacturing of plastics, synthetic fabrics, paint, detergents, pharmaceutics, air fresheners, laundry bleaches, weed killers, and many others. Chemistry also provides basic knowledge in a number of areas that affect our daily lives including water desalination, oil refining, electronics, photography, etc. The development of chemical industries in the UAE has expanded the opportunities for chemists to function at numerous levels. The major objectives of the Chemistry program are to: • Prepare professionals to participate and contribute to the UAE’s future development. • Develop students’ knowledge, reinforce their interest in science, and build their team-work skills. • Equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment and for pursuing post-graduate studies. UNPARALLELED RESOURCES There are nine modern teaching and two research laboratories in the Department of Chemistry. All these laboratories are equipped to accommodate major coursework in chemistry and to enable our faculty members to carry out their research. Faculty research interests span the areas of analytical, electro, organic catalysts, andpolymer chemistry. In addition, the faculty are involved in a vast range of interdisciplinary team research work both at the University of Sharjah and beyond. The quality of research in the department has seen recognition through a range of prestigious awards received by our faculty members. PROGRAM OF STUDY In addition to the basic chemistry courses (organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical), the chemistry program offers various specialized courses related to the UAE chemical industry. These specialized courses include petrochemicals, polymers, and industrial organic and inorganic chemistry. Other complementary courses related to the industrial processes are offered by other departments at the University. AFTER GRADUATION Job opportunities for chemistry graduates include: Petroleum and petrochemical industries, environmental, waste management, fine and heavy chemical industries, quality and safety control, forensic laboratories, medicinal and clinical laboratories, desalination and power plants, research, teaching, and consultation. 9 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in The Applied Physics program is designed to provide high quality education in physics at the undergraduate level. It is structured to fulfill the needs of physics graduates to enable them to face the general challenges of a professional career in the field and/or pursue further studies in physics or related fields. Applied Physics The Applied Physics Program is the only program in the United Arab Emirates that offers a bachelor’s degree in the field of Applied Physics with emphasis on the streams of medical, petro, environmental, industrial physics and education. These streams were selected by based on the needs of the local and international job markets, where there is high demand for physicists with skills in the above areas. Graduates from the applied physics program may anticipate employment in hospitals, environmental agencies, civil defense, petroleum industries, and at educational and research institutions. 10

In addition to commitment to teaching, our staff is involved in several community outreach projects aimed at bridging the gap between the University and the community. Among these projects are regular physics exhibitions at local high schools, workshops and public seminars as well as the regular consultations we offer to various sectors of the community. Our teaching staff is involved in a wide range of research activites covering X-ray fluorescence and diffraction, applied acoustics and the biomedical application of ultrasound, radiation, the thermal properties of solid materials, solar cell growth and characterization, optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, characterization and computer modeling of metallic nano-particles and atmospheric physics (remote sensing). UNPARALLELED RESOURCES Most physics courses in the department require students’ hand-on experience. The Applied Physics Department is equipped with eight advanced teaching laboratories and six research labs containing state-of-the-art facilities for experimentation, resources and research equipment. In addition, our faculty members are involved in various research activities spanning a broad range of basic and applied sciences. PROGRAM OF STUDY The Applied Physics Department grants a B.Sc. in Applied Physics in one of five streams: • Medical Physics • Petrophysics • Environmental Physics • Industrial Physics • Education (in collaboration with the Department of Education) These streams were chosen in response to job vacancy statistics and market needs. The streams are designed such that students spend the first two years of the program taking general courses that classify as department, college and University requirements. Students are allowed to enroll in their choice of streams as early as the first year. Since most of the specialized courses are designated for the upper years, the program allows students to make an educated and well-informed decision should they decide to change from one stream to another. AFTER GRADUATION Physics graduates may seek work opportunities in hospitals, environmental agencies, industrial and medical labs, energy and water resource corporations, the military and police, the oil and gas industries, communications, and at sales and research centers. Graduates from the Education and Applied Physics program may assume positions in the areas of teaching, educational supervision, and administrative supervision. THE SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS (SPS) In addition to participating in social and cultural events, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) aspires to promote activities related to science and technology with emphasis on physics and its applications. The society is open to students from various departments including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Medical Sciences. SPS members are very active and participate in various scientific and cultural events held periodically at the University of Sharjah. They also engage in organizing events held regularly in the Applied Physics Department. In line with the University of Sharjah’s vision, the Department of Physics encourages its faculty to conduct individual or collaborative research. Currently, the faculty members are involved in research projects in pure and applied physics including applied acoustics, thermal characterization of materials, spectroscopy, XRF, VLF, solar energy, radiation physics and computational physics. The department is home to the National Xray Fluorescence Laboratory setup under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and provides services to government other entities through out the country. Moreover, the Department of Applied Physics places special emphasis on other activities in addition to teaching and research. For example, community service and seminar activities are an integral part of the department’s annual plan. Seminars are arranged throughout the academic year on various topics presented by staff members or guests from outside the department. Community service is regarded as an important tool for raising the public’s awareness of physics and physics applications. The department participates in community service through training programs, visits to local schools, participation in physics exhibitions and hosting the UAE National Physics Olympiad. 11 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing The Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing Program is designed to provide quality education in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing at the undergraduate level. It is structured to fulfill the needs of the graduates to enable them to face the general challenges of a professional career in the field and/or pursue further studies in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing or related fields. The program aims to be recognized in the region in providing highly qualified graduates who can address the rapid technological challenges of the future. The program is committed to graduate highly qualified professionals equipped with latest knowledge in Petroleum, Geosciences and remote sensing areas and skills who can contribute to the economic development of the United Arab Emirates and the region. 12

PROGRAM GOALS 1. Provide students with the knowledge and skills, including problem analysis, solving, and design, necessary for a successful career in Petroleum Geosciences and remote sensing. 2. Equip students with skills of critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and communications, and use them to solve complex problems in Petroleum Geosciences and remote sensing. 3. Prepare students to develop knowledge using modern design tools and new technologies in sciences and learn through appropriate lifelong education processes. 4. Prepare students to be admitted to and succeed in graduate study in internationally recognized universities. AFTER GRADUATION Graduates from the PGRS will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum mainly in petroleum sectors. Geoscientists are in high demand in many oil and gas industries, mineral and water exploration, geo-imaging and remote sensing, natural risks management, environmental monitoring, forensic geosciences and archaeological excavation and preservation , as well as research positions in industry and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in thepetroleum geosciences curriculum create opportunities for continued educational pursuits and/or higher graduate study in geosciences. The main potential employers and probable outlets for Geoscientists in the UAE are: - National and international oil and gas companies such as ADNOC, ADMA and ADCO, ENOC, Dubai Oil and gas, Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Total and Schlumberger. - Governmental agencies with activities related to soil, water, energy, and environment; such as Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Energy, Abu Dhabi and other Environmental Agency as well as Municipalities in all the Emirates. - Academic and educational institutions. - Civil Engineering Bureaus, construction companies and cement and rock quarries industry at both large and small scale entrepreneurs. - Police authority in forensic laboratories. - Archaeological and Heritage Museums. 13 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Mathematics is a great piece of science founded on a rigorous and solid basis of axioms, rules, and theorems, with well-defined terms, and highly technical structure and language, which took centuries to get to such an almost perfect level. Mathematics has been deservedly given the name “Queen of Sciences”, and is considered the indispensable tool for understanding other branches of natural sciences, and for contributing to their advancement and development. Established in 2007, the Department of Mathematics provides the opportunity for University of Sharjah students to learn fundamental scientific and mathematical concepts in a friendly atmosphere, fulfill intellectual curiosity, engage in exploration and independent thinking, and practice high ethics. The department offers a wide array of courses for all types of learners in pure and applied mathematics and their applications. 14

With this reality in mind and to fulfill the vision of the President of the University, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan binMohammedAl Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah andMember of the Supreme Council of the UAE, our bachelor’s program in mathematics has been created to establish our department as a premier center of excellence in the Middle East. Currently under consideration is a program in the Mathematics of Finance, in collaboration with the College of Business Administration, in addition to a postgraduate program in mathematics. Our graduates have excellent opportunities in the job market, both private and governmental. Another fundamental component of the department is that it provides service courses for any of the other University colleges and departments. MISSION The Department of Mathematics seeks to provide quality education aimed at preparing high caliber professionals capable of succeeding in life and contributing to the development of the country in line with our everchanging world. The department aspires to carry out the UOS vision to instill in its students a spirit of independent research and a deep commitment to scientific thinking and continuous progress. OBJECTIVES The mathematics program is designed to achieve the following goals: • Prepare graduates to make a positive contribution to society in the academic, business, industrial, and governmental domains. • Provide students with a strong basis in pure and applied mathematics as well as related subjects such as computer science and statistics. This basis will enable them to cope with the most recent developments in the information technology (IT) revolution. • Enable students to understand the mathematical foundationsof computer scienceandtousemathematical software in solving problems of a computational nature. • Enhance student abilities for self-learning through the mastery of a wide range of educational skills. • Train students to appreciate the intimate relationships that exist between various fields of science such as mathematics, computer science, statistics and other disciplines. • Contribute to the University’s coremission of spreading knowledge in both its abstract and applicable forms. • Ensure that all programs meet the necessary accreditation requirements of professional organizations. PROGRAM OF STUDY In addition to offering a B.Sc. in Mathematics, we also provide University required service courses in mathematics and statistics to students majoring in Engineering, Business Administration, Health Science, Pharmacy and Applied Sciences. The B.Sc. in Mathematics is a four-year undergraduate program. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program that is designed to provide integration of structure and function within the mathematical sciences. It presents a continually expanding level of experience, starting in the first semester of the program. The program aims to prepare students for future career challenges by providing themwith lifelong learning skills, human relation skills and the ethical basis necessary for success in a continuously changing world. AFTER GRADUATION Mathematics graduates will have the opportunity to work in the domains of teaching, banking, insurance, the military, communication, research centers, or at electricity and water authorities or petroleum companies. They may also find jobs in many local and international organizations related to mathematics and its applications. Our faculty members are active professionals in the fields they are teaching, graduates of prestigious universities and active in research and self development. Our professors, through insightful teaching and careful guidance, help students develop meaningful and lasting connections with science and mathematics, while providing invaluable skills for living more interesting, productive, and well-rounded lives 15 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

Bachelor of Science in The College of Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield in the UK, now offers a Bachelor of Science Program in Biotechnology for the first time in UAE. Biotechnology TheBachelor of Sciencesdegree inbiotechnology is an interdisciplinaryprogramthat brings together auniquecombination of skills and a wide range of scientific disciplines to maximize the benefits of both teaching and research. The degree includes the study of cell biology, tissue culture, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, hybridoma technology, and plant biotechnology in addition to other important areas such as ethics, scientific writing and bioinformatics. This necessitates that the specializations of the departmental faculty span a broad range of basic sciences to cover thoroughly each topic presented. In addition, the program is linked to local biotechnology industries that provide specialized input into the curriculum including training during the final year. 16

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES To meet the program goals, students acquire proficiency in the following areas: • Performing highly technical procedures fundamental to biotechnology such as DNA extraction, polymerization by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), electrophoresis and tissue culture maintenance. • Conducting independent research in one of the key areas of biotechnology. Students obtain this strength through conducting an independent research project in their final year. • Developing skills for effective writing, oral communication and managing laboratory activities. • Performing protein analysis and DNA sequencing, using computer technology including the Internet and software designed for such purposes and for statistical analysis and graphical display. • Learning about ethics and their implications related to biotechnology. UNPARALLELED RESOURCES The biotechnology program in the Department of Applied Biology brings a unique combination of skills and wide range of scientific disciplines together and maximizes the benefit of both teaching and research. The specializations of the faculty span a broad range of basic sciences, from Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Immunology. PROGRAM OF STUDY The Biotechnology program curriculum provides an academic foundation in essential science disciplines, including biostatistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and computer science. Students spend the majority of their time studying in more specialized fields in molecular biology, recombinant DNA and biochemistry. Much of the learning takes place in the lab, where students gain practical training in these fields. This training is supported by sophisticated instrumentation and research facilities. The objective of the first year of study is to provide students with fundamental knowledge by teaching them the theoretical basics of chemistry, biology and physics. In the second year, the syllabus requires the consolidation of basic science subjects (statistics, organic and analytical chemistry). Some subjects will provide students with technical knowledge as well as offering them guidance in data analysis and management. Starting from the third year, instruction in biotechnology becomes more specialized. AFTER GRADUATION Graduates from the Biotechnology programhave a promising future ahead. They will have a plethora of opportunities to be employed in various positions including: • Lab specialists in food processing and manufacturing, pharmaceutical companies, medical and pathology diagnostics labs, reproductive biology industries, plant biotechnology and a range of veterinary and agricultural support industries. • Forensic, medical and quality control laboratory specialists for conducting DNA analysis related to criminal investigations and diagnosis of microbial and genetic diseases. • Environmental consultants to assess and monitor environmental contamination and help in developing landfill sites and implementing environmental bioremediation programs. • Scientific journalists and media presenters writing articles and helping to prepare broadcast programs to communicate the importance of scientific development to the public. • Sales representatives/marketing professionals to sell and provide advice about special scientific products to clients in research and to help solve specific problems related to equipment applications and experimental procedures. 17 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

Future Opportunities SCIENCES MASTER PROGRAMS Master of Science in Biotechnology The M.Sc. program provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their potential as well as qualify them for ca- reers in biotechnology and applied areas of life sciences, as well as in teaching. The suc- cessful M.Sc. candidate will therefore be pre- pared for responsible positions in industry, government laboratories, consultations, aca- demic positions, or for further study. Program Objectives: The Biotechnology MSc program is oriented to achieve the following objectives: 1. To provide graduates with advanced knowledge and applicable research principles and methods in biological sciences which include cellular biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, human genetics, cytogenetics, microbiology, and immunology. 2. To provide the students with required biotechnology skills which enables them to operate effectively in a new learning or professional context such as higher education, specialized industrial labs, pharmaceuticals and forensics. 3. To enrich graduates with advanced skills of scientific writing, and oral presentation to analyze research findings and conclusions. 4. To train graduates to manage laboratory activities and engage in effective scientific work as individuals and as team members. 5. To enable students to carry out a research project in a biotechnology discipline. 6. To improve students' ability in assessing and critically evaluating ethical issues related to biotechnology implications. Master of Science in Chemistry Program Objectives The objectives of the MSc Chemistry program are: A. Provide excellent education at the graduate levels in all fields of Chemistry. B. Provide graduates with technical and communication skills necessary to make sound and responsible and ethical decisions and conclusions. C. Prepare graduates to take up leadership positions with skills to seek to open life-long learning opportunities. D. Prepare students to conduct high quality pioneer research in chemistry and related fields that enable them to pursue higher degrees. Minimum total credits hours required for the graduation from the Msc program in Chemistry is 34. Oral Examinations in Thesis Track Students are required to undertake an oral examination of the thesis. The master's thesis will be examined by a board which consists of faculty members, including the thesis supervisor. Reference is made to the Regulations governing the Master’s Thesis Defense. 18

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES The College of Sciences is offering a "Master of Science in Astronomy and Space Sciences." The aims of this MSc in Astronomy and Space Sciences are to augment and enhance the knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level through a combination of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, interpersonal, research, skills, and expertise required for a career working in Astronomy/Space Sciences and their applications. The new program will improve employability through the development of the postgraduate skills required for a successful transition to a research role in academia or professional research centers. This will be achieved through the delivery of Masters-level taught elements as well as the completion of new research projects. The proposed program will be delivered through a range of learning experiences such as lectures and hands-on experiences through the newly Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology, and other local and international related facilities such as the UAE Space Agency and Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Center. Program Objectives: 1- Provide students with the quality education to understand the astronomical, physical world as well as space sciences concepts, and conceive the overall structure of the Universe. 2- Equip students with the attributes of advanced astronomical knowledge and space sciences technologies and address future challenges in the field. 3- Provide students with practical experience in space sciences research, project development, and management. 4- Prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative research in University, government, and industrial sectors. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND REMOTE SENSING The Master of Science GISRS is designed to provide the students with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required for working in a wide range of careers that deals with geospatial data and applications. Moreover, the proposed program aims at establishing a geospatiallycentered teaching and research environment and providing world-class knowledge and expertise for multi-disciplinary research in Engineering, Computer, Environmental, Social and Earth Sciences, Sustainable Development, as well as Information and Data Management Technologies. Program Objectives MSGISRS Program Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 1- Explain the scientific and theoretical concepts of geospatial data analysis and modelling. 2- Acquire process, analyse geospatial data, and appropriately display results. 3- Apply GIS and RS knowledge and algorithms in solving environmental, urban, social and economic problems. 4- Communicate both research and analysis results orally and in writing. 5- Develop independent and collaborative research and conduct critical literature analysis. 6- Identify the legal and ethical principles that govern geospatial profession and research work. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES Introduction The University of Sharjah (UoS) and the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences, and Technology (SAASST) represent the main centers of education in Sharjah. UoS is one of the largest universities in the UAE, with more than 16,000 students spread all over its many branches across the Emirate. Hundreds of degrees in various fields are offered, and both astronomy and space sciences represent an integral part of the university program. To strengthen these two fields and in addition to its Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics and Astronomy, the University has developed a new graduate program in «Astronomy and Space Sciences.» In this regard, the College of Sciences is offering a «Master of Science in Astronomy and Space Sciences.» The aims of this MSc in Astronomy and Space Sciences are to augment and enhance the knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level through a combination of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, interpersonal, research, skills, and expertise required for a career working in Astronomy/Space Sciences and their applications. Program Objectives: The essential objective of the MSASS is to strengthen the academic and professional knowledge of students. The program is also intended to provide students with the required experience in their chosen area of focus. The specific objectives of the program are to: 1. Provide students with the quality education to understand the astronomical, physical world as well as space sciences concepts, and conceive the overall structure of the Universe. 2. Equip students with the attributes of advanced astronomical knowledge and space sciences technologies and address future challenges in the field. 3. Provide students with practical experience in space sciences research, project development, and management. 4. Prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative research in University, government, and industrial sectors. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND REMOTE SENSING Introduction Sustainable development, land use planning and environmental monitoring is widely recognized and depends greatly on the availability and credibility of geospatial data such as digital maps, terrestrial surveys, aerial photographs and satellite imagery. The methods required for these types of investigations and analysis of the resulting databases, which link information to maps stored in digital form, constitute the field of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GISRS). The application of GISRS in the UAE Governmental and private agencies is of high demand, this include Road and Transport Authority, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Energy and other Environmental agency as well as Municipalities. Extraordinary demands are also required from national and International Oil and Gas, Civil Engineering and Construction Industry as well as Academic and Educational Institutions. 19 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

research in academic, governmental and applied science contexts. During this educative process, students will participate in knowledge generation and improvement, research synthesis, and knowledge/technology transfer Program Goals The goals of the program are to enable students to: 1. Provide students with in-depth knowledge of advanced topics in their chosen sub-discipline of physics 2. Graduate students with the skills necessary to carry out independent research. 3. Develop students' communication and teamwork skills. 4. Produce graduates who are well prepared for the workplace or further studies (Ph.D.) in physics. Program Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 1. Solve complex problems in physical applications. 2. Use modern methods to carry out research and solve real life problems. 3. Properly document and present the results of research work. 4. Work effectively in teams and manage group tasks. 5. Apply appropriate ethical standards to issues related to science, research, and work. 6. Critically evaluate current information in the field of Physics University of Sharjah is well recognized as one of the leading centers in the area in the field of GISRS and related technologies (including spatial and non-spatial data survey, remote sensing, photogrammetry, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and digital mapping. For the University of Sharjah, the MSc in GISRS is an inherent component of the integrative geospatial initiative that includes the following existing components: • B.Sc. in Petroleum Geology and Remote Sensing, • M.Sc. & BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, • Computer Science • GIS and Remote Sensing Center at Research Institute of Science and Engineering (RISE) • Research Projects (RISE). Program Objectives: MSGISRS Program Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 1. Explain the scientific and theoretical concepts of geospatial data analysis and modelling. 2. Acquire process, analyse geospatial data, and appropriately display results. 3. Apply GIS and RS knowledge and algorithms in solving environmental, urban, social and economic problems. 4. Communicate both research and analysis results orally and in writing. 5. Develop independent and collaborative research and conduct critical literature analysis. 6. Identify the legal and ethical principles that govern geospatial profession and research work. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS Introduction The Master of Science in Physics (MScP) program spans a wide spectrum of physics topics that extend from nanostructures to astronomical dimensions. Integration of experimental and theoretical education and research is in the core of the program with the ultimate goal of yielding distinguished knowledge and cutting edge research skills. The academic aims of the program are to prepare students for professional roles in the area of applied physics, with the knowledge and skills to advance the discipline from the academic, research and practical standpoints. The MScP programwill prepare the students to address the current and future challenges in disciplines such as scientific industries, government laboratories, consultations, research and development, management and investment in Physics, and academic positions. The intent is also to prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative 20

Admission Requirements MAKING THE GRADE Students with a minimum overall average of 70% on the UAE Secondary School Scientific Certificate or its equivalent, as approved by the Ministry of Education, may apply for admission to the College of Sciences. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TESTS All new students applying to the College of Sciences are required to obtain a passing score on one of the English language proficiency exams recognized by the University of Sharjah. Students may take the institutional TOEFL exam at the University of Sharjah upon registration and must achieve a minimum score of 500. The University of Sharjah also accepts a minimum of 61 on the international iBT TOEFL (Internet-based exam), or a minimum of 5.0 on the academic IELTS exam provided that the student’s test score certificate is still in effect. PLACEMENT TESTS Students admitted to the Computer Science, Applied Physics or Mathematics programs are required to take the University’s placement exams in mathematics and physics. Students passing these exams are eligible to take math and physics and it is not necessary for them to take remedial courses in these two subjects. A student failing either of these exams is required take a remedial course in the subject. A remedial course is treated as any other University course and students failing the course are required to repeat it. ACCEPTANCE Admitted students are assigned to their majors based upon college capacity and the student’s preference and grade average. An applicant’s high school certificate or other certificate/degree must have been obtained within a minimum of four years from the date of application. 21 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

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