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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

College of Sciences
Study System
Total Credit Hours
123 Cr.Hrs
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry envisions itself to be a center of excellence in teaching chemical sciences, community based-research, creative activities, and outreach services. 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 University of Sharjah's objective to instill in its student a spirit of independent research and a deep commitment to scientific thinking and continuous progress. The Department of Chemistry offers a BS program in chemistry, which is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates in 2006 and 2018, also by the ASAC from ABET on 2018.

Program Objectives
The Bachelor of Science degree program in chemistry has the following goals:

  1. Students are able to be critical and independent learners, and should recognize, recall, show an understanding of scientific knowledge, and communicate information. Graduates will be able to update their professional skills continuously to design integrated systems of people, information, energy, machines, materials and financial resources.
  2. Students are able to design, perform, analyze the results of chemical experiments, and be able to select appropriate practical methods and implement the safety techniques.
  3. Students are able to act as a source of expertise and assume responsibility in handling instrumentation independently and in team, and be able to formulate and present technical reports concisely.
  4. Students are able to carry out independent research in preparation for pursuing higher degrees and be observant to the ethical standards.

Program Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of the BS program in Chemistry, graduates will be able to:

  1.  Draw defendable conclusions from data.
  2. Solve problems using systematic methods.
  3. Rationalize properties and structures using the principles of chemistry.
  4. Identify relationships between chemical principles and the other sciences.
  5. Correctly describe chemical principles and theories.
  6. Use correct chemical nomenclature, structural symbols, and terminology to accurately describe a process.
  7. Write a formal publication-quality report which concisely and unambiguously summarizes results of an experiment and states a conclusion and reviews a scientific topic.
  8. Assess the safety of a procedure and take the necessary precautions, based on the issues of safety regulations, ethics and societal issues in the use of chemicals in the laboratory work.
  9. Correctly use the proper tools and other equipment in laboratories.
  10. Be able to work in research and industrial institutions.

Career Opportunities
Chemistry graduates have the opportunity to work in various areas such as:

  1. Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries.
  2. Environmental and Waste Management.
  3. Police Forensic and Criminal Laboratories.
  4. Quality Control and Safety Laboratories.
  5. Fine and Heavy Chemical Industries.
  6. Research Laboratories.
  7. Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries.
  8. Medical and Clinical Laboratories.
  9. Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Laboratories.
  10. Laboratory Supervisors and Teaching Assistants.
  11. Education.
  12. Postgraduate: MSc and PhD

Admission Requirements:
Admission requirements for the Chemistry program in the College of Sciences include:

  • Completion of a secondary school diploma or its equivalent (Scientific Stream).
  • An overall average of 70% or greater in courses from a recognized secondary school.
  • TOEFL score of at least 500 or (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 and 5.0 or more in each part.

Program Overview
The Department of Chemistry offers a BS program in chemistry, which is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates in 2006 and 2018, also by the ASAC from ABET on 2018. The BS Chemistry program is designed in accordance with the mission and vision of the University and the College of Sciences to meet the needs of the students, the chemistry community, and the society. Quality and excellence in both the curriculum and the instructional pedagogy are ensured. Student undertaking this program should complete a total of 123 credit hours which are distributed as:


BS in Chemistry (123 Credits)
Mandatory Core Credits15155080
Electives Core Credits9-1524
Free Elective Credits--66
Supporting Credits--1313


I. University Requirements
Every student working for a B.Sc. degree in a science program is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains.  12 mandatory credit hours are selected from Domains 1, 2, 3, and 7 and 12 elective credit hours selected from domains 4, 5 and 6 as indicated below.

Domain 1: Islamic Studies, History & Culture (3 Credits)
Islamic Culture3

Domain 2: Languages (6 Credits)
Arabic Language, Literature & Culture: Take one of the following courses
0201102Arabic Language (for Arabic Speakers)3
0201105Arabic Language (for non-Arabic Speakers)3
English Language, Literature and Culture
English for Academic Purposes3

Domain 3: IT (3 Credits)
The University elective courses (12 credits) are to be chosen from the following 3 domains, where at least 1 course MUST be taken from each domain:

Domain 4: Literature & Humanities (3 Credits)
1440100Islamic Civilization3
0203100Islamic Civilization3
0602246Human Rights in Islam & International Declaration3
0201140Introduction to Arabic Literature 3
0203200History of the Sciences among the Muslim3
0203102History of the Arabian Gulf3
0900107History of Medical & Health Sciences3
0710109Arts & Medicine3

Domain 5: Applied Sciences, 3 Credits
1430101Astronomy and Space Sciences3
0401142Man and the Environment3
0500210Health Awareness and Nutrition3

Domain 6: Social Sciences & Education (3 Credits)
0206102Fundamentals of Islamic Education3
0204102UAE Society3
0206103Introduction to Psychology3
0301150Introduction to Economics3
0302150Introduction to Business Admin.3
0800107Media in Modern Societies3
0104130Analytical Biography of the Prophet3
Domain 6: Business Administration (3 Credits)
Fundamentals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship3
Domain 8: one 3-credit hours course from Domain 4, 5, or 6

II. College Requirements

Mandatory Courses
College requirements consist of 15 credit hours of foundation and skill courses required for all College of Sciences students. The college requirements are listed in the table below and described thereafter.

Course #Course TitleCreditPrerequisite
1411116Programming I4None
Physics I for Sciences3None
1430116Physics I Lab1Pre/Co: 1430110
1420101General Chemistry I 3None
1420102General Chemistry I Lab1Pre/Co: 1420101
1440131Calculus I 3None
The College Requirements for the B.Sc. degree in IT-Multimedia are list and described in Department of Computer Science section. The College Requirements for the B.Sc. degree in Physics are list and described in Department of Applied Physics section.

Descriptions of the required College of Sciences courses are given below.

1411116                            Programming I                                                                         4 (3:3)

This course introduces basic programming techniques with a high level programming language. Topics include general introduction to computers and Numbering systems, program development process, variables, data types, expressions, selection and repetition structures, functions/procedures, text files, arrays, and pointers. Prerequisite: None.

1420101                           General Chemistry I                                                                 (3-0:3)

Topics Covered include: Matter, Atomic structure; stoichemistry of chemical reactions; chemical reactions in solution; energy and thermochemistry; atomic and electronic structure; chemical bonding; periodic correlation; properties of gases; liquids and Solids; solutions. Prerequisite: None.

1420102                           General Chemistry I Laboratory                                            (0-3:1)

Experiments on qualitative and quantitative aspects of General Chemistry I. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1420101.

1430110                                Physics I for Science                                                            (3-0:3)

Motion in 1 and 2 dimensions, vectors, particle dynamics and Newton's laws; work and energy, momentum and collision, rotation of rigid body, elasticity, oscillatory motion, fluid mechanics and heat. Prerequisite: None.

1430116                                Physics I Laboratory                                                            (0-3:1)

Various experiments covering the topics mentioned in Physics I course. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1430110.

1440131                                Calculus I                                                                               (0-3:1)

Functions, domain and range, examples of functions. Limits and continuity. Derivatives, applications of derivatives in optimization, linearization and graphing, the Mean Value Theorem. Integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, areas, volumes of solids of revolution, arc length. Conic sections.  Prerequisite: None.

III. Program Requirements
A.   Mandatory Core Courses
The Chemistry core courses are listed in the table below:

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1420101General Chemistry I3-
1420102General Chemistry I Lab1Pre/Co: 1420 101
1420103General Chemistry II  31420101; 1420102
1420104General Chemistry II  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420103
1420221Analytical Chemistry31420103
1420222Analytical Chemistry  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420221
1420211Organic Chemistry (1)31420103
1420212Organic Chemistry I Lab1Pre/Co:1420211
1420217Organic Chemistry II  31420211
1420218Organic Chemistry II   Lab1Pre/Co: 1420212
1420241Physical Chemistry I 31420103
1420242Physical Chemistry I  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420241
1420331Inorganic Chemistry I 31420103
Identification of Organic Compounds 21420217
1420362Biochemistry Lab31420361
1420341Physical Chemistry II  31420241
1420342Physical Chemistry II  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420341
1420332Inorganic Chemistry II  31420331
1420333Inorganic Chemistry Lab1Pre/Co: 1420331
1420322Instrumental Analysis 31420221
1420323Instrumental Analysis  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420322
1420391Chemical Literature and Seminar3Note 1
1420490Chemistry Senior Project3Senior standing
1420452Industrial Training3Completing 80 CrHrs
Note 1: Third year standing or Departmental approval

B.    Elective Core Courses

Every student in the chemistry department must take 15 credit hours of elective chemistry courses chosen from the list given in the table below. The support and chemistry core courses are the preparatory courses, which are designed to meet the breadth requirement in chemistry. After completing the preparatory courses, students are strongly encouraged to choose from alternative groupings of electives (referred to as "groups") in different areas of chemistry to fulfill the depth requirement.

Course #Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisite
1420423Separation Methods in Chemical Analysis31420322
1420440Computational Chemistry31420342
1420442Quantum Chemistry31420342
1420451Polymer Chemistry31420217
1420454Environmental Chemistry31420322
1420433Homogeneous Catalysis31420332
1420410Organic Chemistry III31420217
1420412Chemistry of Natural Products31420217
1420429Forensic Chemistry
1420455Heterocyclic Chemistry        31420217
1420460Biochemistry of Plants31420361

C. Free Electives
Each student registered in the chemistry program is required to take 6 credits (2 courses) as general free elective courses. Such courses can be taken from the university's pool of courses at large upon the approval of the academic advisor. These courses are intended to broaden the knowledge of students by combining studies from chemistry with studies from other academic disciplines.


Study Plan
The BS program in Chemistry encompasses 123 credits hours that are spread over eight semesters and could be completed in four years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates student's normal progression through the study plan.

Year I, Semester 1 (17 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
Arabic Language or Arabic Language for non-Arabic Speakers3None
0202112English for Academic Purposes3None
1420101General Chemistry I 3None
1420102General Chemistry I Lab1Pre/Co: 1420 101
1430115Physics I 3 
1430116Physics I Lab1Pre/Co: 1430115
1440131Calculus I 3 

Year 1, Semester 2 (14 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1411100Introduction to IT3None
1420103General Chemistry II  31420101
General Chemistry II  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420103
1430117Physics II  31430116
1430118Physics II  Lab1Pre/Co: 1430117
1440132Calculus II  31440131

Year 2, Semester 3 (18 Credits)
Course #
1411116Programming I4None
0202213Critical Reading and Writing3None
1420221Analytical Chemistry31420103
1420222Analytical Chemistry  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420221
1420211Organic Chemistry I 31420103
1420212Organic Chemistry I Lab1Pre/Co: 1420211
14202xxSpecialized Elective3Note 1

Year 2, Semester 4 (14 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
 University Elective3 
Islamic Culture3 
1420217Organic Chemistry II  31420211
1420218Organic Chemistry II   Lab1Pre/Co: 1420217
1420241Physical Chemistry I 31420103
1420242Physical Chemistry I  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420241

Year 3, Semester 5 (16 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1420331Inorganic Chemistry I 31420103
Spectroscopic Identification of organic compounds21420217
1420322Instrumental Analysis 31420221
1420323Instrumental Analysis  Lab1Pre/C0: 1420321
1420341Physical Chemistry II  31420241
1420342Physical Chemistry II  Lab1Pre/Co: 1420341
0202207Technical Writing3 

Year 3, Semester 6 (17 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
14203xxSpecialized Elective3Note 1
Inorganic Chemistry II  31420331
1420333Inorganic Chemistry Lab1Pre/Co: 1420332
1420362Biochemistry Lab11420361
 University Elective3 
1420391Chemical Literature and Seminar3Note 1
Note 1: Third year standing or departmental approval

Year 3, Summer Training (3 Credits)
Course #
1420452Industrial Training3Completing 80 CrHrs

Year 4, Semester 7 (12 Credits)
Course #TileCrHrsPrerequisites
14204xxSpecialized Elective3Note 1
14204xxSpecialized Elective3Note 1
 University Elective3 
 General Free Elective3 

Year 4, Semester 8 (12 Credits)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
14204xxSpecialized Elective3Note 1
 General Free Elective3 
1420490Chemistry Senior Project3Senior standing
 University Elective3 

Course Description
Courses in the proposed program that are offered in the department of Chemistry start with (1420xxx). The program of study contains courses that are offered by other departments as well as from outside the college. Consistent with the university policies, chemistry courses in the program will be assigned numbers of the form (1420 ABC) where:

AYear (level) 
BAreas (as follows):

0: General Chemistry

1: Organic Chemistry

2: Analytical Chemistry

3: Inorganic Chemistry
4: Physical Chemistry

5: Applied Chemistry

6: Biochemistry

9: Seminars  and  Projects
CCourse sequence in area 

Core Courses
Descriptions of the core courses are given below.

1420101    General Chemistry I    3-0:3

Experiments on qualitative and quantitative aspects of general chemistry. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1420101.

1420103     General Chemistry II     3-0:3

Thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; chemical equilibrium; electrochemistry; nuclear reactions; properties of metals and metal complexes; organic compounds and macromolecules are covered. Prerequisite: 1420101.

1420104   General Chemistry II  Lab    0-3:1

 1420211   Organic Chemistry I   3-0:3

 Structure; stereochemistry; properties of organic compounds; synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, alicyclics, aromatic compounds; mechanisms of radical substitution, radical and electrophilic addition, electrophilic substitution are covered.  Prerequisite: 1420103

 1420212    Organic Chemistry I Lab     0-3:1

Various separation, purification, and synthesis techniques are covered.  Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1420211.

 1420217   Organic Chemistry II    3-0:3

Identification of organic compounds by spectroscopic methods; synthesis and properties of alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers; carboxylic acids; aldehydes and ketones; amines, phenols and derivatives are covered. Prerequisite: 1420211.

 Treatment of errors; gravimetric and volumetric techniques; acid / base, precipitation, complex formation, and redox titrations; extraction; and electrochemistry will be covered. Prerequisite: 1420103.

 1420222   Analytical Chemistry Lab    0-3:1

 Experiments related to the course main topics.  Pre/co: 1420221.

1420241    Physical Chemistry I    3-0:3

 1420242    Physical Chemistry I Lab    0-3:1

 Mass spectrometry; infrared spectroscopy; ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy; and proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance; functional groups by chemical tests; preparation of derivatives; and separation of mixtures are covered. Prerequisite: 1420217.

 1420323   Instrumental Analysis Lab  0-3:1

Experimental implementation of instruments related to materials covered in the theoretical course. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1420322.

1420331    Inorganic Chemistry I    3-0:3

Atomic structure; molecular structure and shape; symmetry and group theory; structure of solids; acids and bases; nomenclature of inorganic compounds; introduction to organometallic compounds of the main group elements; d-metal complexes; and electronic spectra will be covered.  Prerequisite: 1420103.

 Classical complexes; complexes of pi-accepter (pi-acid) ligands; organometallic compounds of transition metals; organometallic compounds in homogeneous catalytic reactions; bio-inorganic chemistry of iron, cobalt, and some other metals; hydrogen bonding; and the noble gases are covered.  Prerequisite: 1420331.

 1420333    Inorganic Chemistry Lab     0-3:1

Experiments based upon synthesis and physical measurements of coordination and organometallic.   Pre/Co-requisite: 1420332

 1420341    Physical Chemistry II     3-0:3

Electromagnetic radiation; old quantum theory, Schrodinger's wave quantum, quantum mechanical postulates; quantum mechanics of simple systems; pure and vibration rotation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy; electronic spectra, viscosity; diffusion and sedimentation.  Prerequisite: 1420241.

 1420342    Physical Chemistry II  Lab    0-3:1

Experiments involving electrochemistry; conductivities and transport properties of solutions; kinetics of reactions; measurements of surface properties; and transport properties of gases and liquids are covered.  Pre/Co-requisite: 1420341.

 A survey course concerning the use of traditional and automated methods for searching chemical information, with emphasis on on-line computer searching. Students will participate in giving and attending seminars of general chemical interest. Topics cover review of current literature and professional ethics n chemistry.  Prerequisite: 3rd year standing or departmental approval.

1420361   Biochemistry   3-0:3

 1420452      Industrial Training     0-8:3

 This course consists of a period of 6 weeks during the summer of the junior year training in an appropriate chemical industry or firm. The students will be evaluated based on their performance at the training site, and are required to submit a report and to present a seminar about their experience before receiving a grade for the course.  Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

 1420490     Chemistry Senior Project    1-6:3

Students are introduced to research under the direction of a member of faculty, different techniques and principles of chemistry will be introduced. Both a formal oral and written report of the results of the research must be presented.  Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Descriptions of the specialized electives in Chemistry are given below:

 1420410       Organic Chemistry III     3-0:3

 1420412     Chemistry of Natural Products     3-0:3

Biosynthesis of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, steroids, terpenes, alkaloids, postaglandins; Polysaccharrides, natural products from carbohydrates; aliphatic compounds; prostaglandins; antibiotic; aromatic compounds; terpenes; steroids; alkaloids; the penicillins; and coenzyme A, amino acids, peptides, proteins. Prerequisite: 1420217.

 1420420     Electrochemistry    3-0:3

This course covers advances in electrochemistry and electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry, and rotating disc electrodes.  Prerequisite: 1420322.

 1420440     Computational Chemistry     3-0:3

Application of Fortran programming and numerical methods to chemical problems in quantum mechanics; thermodynamics; and kinetics; with emphasis on literature review and implementation of ready-to-use programs in chemistry.  Prerequisite: 1420342.

 1420441     Photochemistry     3-0:3

A study of the fundamental photochemical and photophysical processes which follow absorption of radiation by molecules and the techniques used to study these processes.  Prerequisite: 1420341.

 1420451    Polymer Chemistry    3-0:3

Introduction to polymer science; polymerization reactions; mechanism and kinetic studies; physical and analytical characterization of polymers; polymers properties and synthesis; copolymerization reactions; additives in polymer industries; basic concepts of polymer technology are covered.  Prerequisite: 1420217.

1420453   Petrochemistry   3-0:3

A study of the numerous chemicals obtained directly or indirectly from petroleum, including their chemistry and their industrial production and applications. Prerequisite: 1420218.

 1420454     Environmental Chemistry    3-0:3

This course explains the relationship between chemistry and the environment from the chemical viewpoint, considering the following; Chemistry of the atmosphere; Air and air pollution; Natural waters; analysis and purification of wastewater. Aspects of energy sources and their environmental consequences; Environmental impact of organic and inorganic pollutants; introduction to methods of dangerous wastes disposal.  Prerequisite: 1420322.

 1420455    Heterocyclic Chemistry   3-0:3

This course is for students majoring in the field of chemistry. It is an introduction to the broad field of heterocyclic organic chemistry by reviewing the major classes of heterocyclic compounds in terms of nomenclature, structure, properties, preparations and reactions. 

Delivering the material will be based on a blended learning approach.  Prerequisite: 1420217

 1420460    Biochemistry of Plants   3-0:3

This course provides students with advanced knowledge about biochemical processes in plants including photosynthesis (light reaction and dark reaction), monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides biosynthesis and storage, nitrogen fixation and sulfur metabolism, lipid synthesis and storage, biosynthesis of flavonoids, antimicrobial peptides, peptide hormones, vitamins, and fibers are covered. Prerequisite: 1420361

 1420461   Nano chemistry    3-0:3

This course covers the basics of nanoscience and chemical methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials is different shapes. Specifically, this course will focus on technologically important materials such as quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, semiconductor nanowires, conductive nanorods, nanoscale polymers, graphene, nanodiamond, and nanosized materials. Fundamental properties and applications in energy and medicine of these nanomaterials are covered. Prerequisite: 1420332.

Courses offered to other majors

Course #Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisite
1427107Chemistry I for Medical Sciences3None
1427108Chemistry (II) for Medicine and Medical Sciences31427107
1427118General Chemistry Laboratory for Medical Sciences1Pre/Co 1427108
1426155General Chemistry for Health Sciences4None
1426217Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences31426155
1420225Analytical Chemistry for Health Sciences31426155
1420226Analytical Chemistry lab for Health Sciences1Pre/Co 1420225

Description of these courses as shown below.

1427107    General Chemistry 1 for Medical Sciences    3-0:3

Structure of the atom and the periodic table; structure and properties of ionic and covalent compounds; solutions; acids and bases and oxidation-reduction; the nucleus, radioactivity, and nuclear medicine; organic chemistry of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, functional groups (Alcohols, thiols, amines, amides, carboxylic acids, esters and amides). Perquisite: None.

1427108   General Chemistry-2 for Medical Sciences    3-0:3

This course describes the main basic biochemical pathways such as glycolysis, TCA cycles, electron transport chain, glycogenlysis and glycogenesis, ketogenesis, lipogenesis and lipolysis and urea cycle. It also describes the synthesis of nucleic acids including DNA and RNA. Prerequisite: 1427107

1427118    General Chemistry 2 lab for Medical Sciences     0-3:1

Experiments on qualitative and qualitative general chemistry, various organic synthesis, and purification and separation techniques are covered.   Prerequisite: 1420108.

Chemistry of saturated hydrocarbons, unsaturated, and aromatic compounds; alcohols, phenols, ethers, and thiols; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids and esters; amines and amides are covered. Experiments on qualitative and qualitative general chemistry, various organic synthesis, and purification and separation techniques also introduced.  Prerequisite: 1426155

1426155   General Chemistry for Health Sciences   4-3:3

Topics in this course include: measurements in chemistry; atoms and elements; nuclear radiation; compounds and their bonds; energy and states of matter; chemical reactions; chemical quantities; gases; solutions; and acid and bases. This course also covers experiments on qualitative and quantitative aspects of general chemistry.  Prerequisite: None.

 Experiments on qualitative and quantitative aspects of major topics of the course.  Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1426225.