Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


Program Description

Chemistry is one of the fields in the forefront of the current technological revolution and, as such, it plays a crucial role in solving many of the problems faced by today’s society. Chemists work in all facets of life including the development of new drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, the creation of better methods for the production of food, clothing, and shelters, and the discovery of environment-friendly energy sources. They also work on solving problems such as acid rain, ozone depletion, and climate change.

The Bachelor of Science program in chemistry is available for students who intend to pursue graduate studies, secondary school teaching, or a professional career in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related industry. The programs provide a strong background in the modern areas of chemistry with emphasis on hands-on laboratory work. They also provide the opportunity for exceptionally talented students to conduct independent research under the guidance of the faculty. The program also prepares students for further education in health, environmental sciences, and biotechnology.

Program Goals

I. General Goals:

  1. Provide rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical knowledge and experimentation. The program is sufficiently flexible in its electives to provide an excellent preparation for careers in many different areas of chemistry.
  2. Provide the local society with high-quality professionals to participate in the development of local chemical and related industries by enhancing the quality and solving problems that face the industry sector.

II. Specific Goals:

  1. To provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge in different pure and applied chemistry fields.
  2. To provide students with all skills that enable them to deal with problems and issues related to their specialty and give innovative solutions to these problems.
  3. To provide students with knowledge and skills needed for teaching chemistry in schools.
  4. To give students a solid background to be able to continue their graduate studies in fields related to chemistry, or be actively involved in scientific research.
  5. To provide students with various soft skills such as communication skills, adaptability, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical observation.

The four-year study program of applied chemistry includes theoretical and practical courses in different fields of pure, applied and industrial chemistry. The program is designed to meet the modern international and educational requirements and the needs of the local society by providing highly qualified graduates in chemical, food and related industries. After getting the bachelor degree in applied chemistry at PPU, graduates of this program are able to find jobs in a wide spectrum of professions in the related fields, such as:

  1. Production sectors in chemical, pharmaceutical food and other industries (plastic, cosmetics, etc.)
  2. Quality control units in related industries.
  3. Trade companies dealing with chemical equipment, etc.
  4. Governmental sectors in ministries of health, industry, and environment.
  5. Research institutes and units
  6. Teaching in schools.

The applied chemistry program is constructed with special quantitative and qualitative emphasis on practical courses and projects. They provide students with the required technical and research skills and enable them to use the most modern chemical and analytical equipment in their future career.

Intended Learning Outcome

Upon graduation, students should be able to:

A. Chemistry Related Knowledge

  1. Recognize fundamentals of chemistry including structure, reactivity and properties of chemical substances, and the states of matter.
  2. Explain the essential facts, principles, and theories across the four principal areas of chemistry, i.e. analytical, organic, inorganic and physical.

B. Chemistry Related Intellectual Skills

  1. Formulate and analyze a wide range of analytical and synthetic chemical problems by applying chemical principles.
  2. Analyze and interpret experimental data, critically assess data in the literature and extract useful data from it.
  3. Carry out directed research by selecting appropriate topics and procedures, and presenting the results.
  4. Demonstrate the appreciation of chemical topics relevance to social and daily life such as environmental issues.
  5. Show appreciation of chemistry and its interface with social and daily life such as environmental issues, and arouse audience’s interest in chemistry.
  6. Use a global perspective in conjunction with knowledge of science to view issues in chemistry.

C. Chemistry Related Practical Skills

  1. Assess and manage the risks of chemical substances and laboratory procedures by evaluating their potential impact on the environment.
  2. Conduct standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and instrumental work.
  3. Operate a range of chemical instrumentation with adequate hands-on experiences.

D. Transferable Skills

  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with professionals and/or lay audience.
  2. Demonstrate information technology skills, especially in the areas of information retrieval, literature searching and use of library databases.
  3. Work independently and collaborate effectively with other people in a team.
  4. Self-evaluate their own learning progress, and develop motivation and learning skills.
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Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) has witnessed quantum leaps in a short three-decade time during which it had been developed from a community college with few scattered buildings and limited pro ... Read More

Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) has witnessed quantum leaps in a short three-decade time during which it had been developed from a community college with few scattered buildings and limited programs to a full entrepreneur University with several colleges offering graduate and undergraduate programs. The University’s diversified academic programs were not only tailored responding to the community needs, but they have also been developed qualitatively to compete in national and regional dimensions. Development on the level of research and community services provided have also been witnessing major leaps in the establishment of several multi-disciplinary centers of excellences that possess quality-certified laboratories and facilities that are capable of providing professional standardized testing and consultancies to various national development sectors. Read less