The Bachelor of Science is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; of which eight courses are at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level. The disciplines permitted as a major or minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 are:
Bachelor in Chemistry
Chemistry is the central science. All aspects of technical development require people with expertise in chemistry. A basic chemical education is required of doctors, dentists, engineers, agriculturalists, foresters, factory managers, etc. Thus, there is a continuing need for chemistry teachers in the region. In addition, there is an increasing need for graduates with some chemistry background for work in the industry as quality control staff, production managers and in a range of government and private research laboratories, e.g. mineral exploration, environmental pollution monitoring, agriculture. The contribution of chemistry graduates to regional development is considerable.
The teaching of chemistry at degree level at USP covers courses at the 100-, 200-, 300- and postgraduate levels. Courses at the 100- and 200-levels provide a basic framework in the important aspects of modern chemistry - atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, inorganic, spectroscopy, structure and mechanism in organic chemistry. This `basic' knowledge is then applied at the 300-level to topics of considerable regional importance - instrumental analysis, industrial chemistry, environmental chemistry and marine chemistry. In this way, students are given a clear indication of how the principles of chemistry are important in the world around them.
Postgraduate (400-level) courses combine an extension of the application of fundamental principles in situations of regional importance with a more advanced treatment of some of the basic aspects of chemistry not covered in detail in undergraduate courses, e.g. soil, food and water chemistry, natural products chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry and recent advances in chromatography and spectroscopy.