Frequently Asked Questions
More information is available at Faculty of Science FAQ
Q1 : I am worried that I may not be able to find a job if I major in xxx (Chem, Appl. Chem.
or FST). Graduates are doing well now but what if the industry does not grow?
Q2 : What is the difference between Chemistry, Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering?
Q3 : Can I get into Science with these "A" Level grades (e.g. all C's)?
The Applied Chemistry Programme offered by the Department of Chemistry is a relatively young programme: the first intake (into Year 2) was in 1997/98. Since then, more than 250 students have graduated from the programme, over 50% of them with an Honours degree. In addition, many students have obtained an M.Sc., and several have already completed studies for their Ph.D. The majority of Applied Chemistry graduates found work in Singapore, but some are overseas for further studies.
Since 2005/06, Applied Chemistry is a 4-year programme. Once admitted, students are allowed to complete the 4-year course and register for the Honours Project module even if their CAP is below 3.50 at the end of Level 3000. However, students can leave the course after fulfilling the requirements for the (3-year) B.Appl. Sci. degree, for example if they intend to enroll in a masters programme overseas where the requirement is a B.Sc. in Chemistry.
A limited number of students may be admitted provisionally into the programme even if they do not fulfill the CAP requirement, provided their performance in CM1161 and other chemistry modules justifies discretionary consideration. However, provisional admission does not entitle to later take the Honours Project module; students have to obtain a CAP of minimum 3.50 before their status changes from "provisional" to regular.
Q1 : Is it hard to be admitted into Applied Chemistry?
Q2 : What is the difference between Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering?
Q3 : Are my job prospects better if I chose Applied Chemistry?
Q4 : Can I participate in SEP (student exchange programme) if I chose Applied Chemistry?
More FAQ for Applied Chemistry
Q1 : What is Advanced Placement Credit (APC) and how do I apply for APC?
Q2 : Which major(s) in polytechnics can be considered to be admitted to Chemistry?
What are the exemptions?
Q3 : I would like to know more about the new four-year degree programme.
Q4 : Where can I find resources for my course?
Food Sciences and Technology (FST)
Q1 : Why can't I find the Dept of Food Science and Technology (FST)?
Q2 : How do I gain entry to the Food Science and Technology Programme?
Q3 : Which major(s) in polytechnics can be considered to be admitted to FST? What are the exemptions?
Q4 : What is the minimum requirement for entry?
Q5 : Are the numbers of students admitted to FST limited? If so, how do I know the
chances of admission?
Q6 : Do I have to attend an interview for the admission the FST programme?
Q7 : Will I be accepted if I do not have 'A' level Biology?
Q8 : What will I learn in FST? What degree will I get at the end of my studies?
Q9 : Will there be opportunities to go abroad in the FST programme?
Q10 : If admitted to the programme, can I still participate in other programmes in the
Faculty or University?
Q11 : What are the job prospects of FST graduates?
Q12 : Are there any scholarships or awards specifically for FST students?
Q13 : What are the Graduate (postgraduate) programmes in FST?