Chemistry

How can fish and other aquatic life survive when water freezes in winter? What are the components of the air you breathe in? Which has greater global warming potential - Methane or Carbon Dioxide? What happens when lightning streaks through the atmosphere? What is done to prevent barnacles from growing on the hulls of ships and what are the environmental consequences of this action? Have you ever wondered about questions like these?

Chemistry supplies answers to these and countless other questions, and by its very nature, occupies a central position among the sciences. Our lives have benefited enormously from Chemistry. It is in our own interest, as literate citizens and consumers, to understand the far-reaching effects, whether positive or negative, that Chemistry has on our lives and to be able to make informed decisions about the role Chemistry has played in our world. It is not surprising for topics in Chemistry to range from the mathematical such as Quantum Chemistry to the biological such as bioactive molecules.

Program Structure & Curriculum Rationale

The aims of the BSc (Hons) - Chemistry program are (i) to provide an advanced understanding of the core principles and topics of Chemistry and to enable students to acquire specialized knowledge and training of selected areas of chemistry by means of specialization, and (ii) to impart knowledge and life skills to students so that they would not only be conversant with their fields but also have the versatility to learn new trades and adapt to a variety of jobs in today’s knowledge-based economy.

The overall structure of the program is shown in Figure 1. Foundational and introductory modules form the bulk of the Levels 1 and 2 modules. These modules are designed to provide a broad foundation in the three principal branches of chemistry: inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Analytical chemistry is incorporated into the curriculum in Level 2. At Levels 3 and 4, the program not only offers a thorough study of chemistry but also provides the opportunity for elective freedom and the pursuit of specialization in areas such as materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry and environment & energy.

The curriculum also emphasizes experimental studies and discusses the interdependence of experimental and theoretical work. In Levels 1 – 3, students in this program are required to read 5 essential practical modules. Each practical module is a 10-week course which comprises 2 hours of lecture and 6 hours of laboratory work each week. In Level 4, student must complete a mandatory year-long honours year research project which provides training in research skills.

The course has been planned to incorporate maximum flexibility. Students can select predominantly from modules which provide a more detailed coverage of the area of focus, or opt for a larger proportion of modules which provide broadening into other chemical disciplines relevant to industry and/or research.

The BSc (Hons) – Chemistry program is accredited to the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

The list of Levels 3 and 4 CM modules which will be offered in AY2016/2017 are shown below:

http://www.chemistry.nus.edu.sg/_file/education/Module%20listing_AY1617_updated.pdf

 

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

For requirements for Chemistry as second major in the new Double Major framework, please click here.

To be awarded a B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Chemistry (with or without specialization), candidates are advised to check the NUS Bulletin for their respective matriculation year.



B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry


To qualify for the Honours Programme in Chemistry, the student must

  • A CAP of at least 3.20 
  • Completed chemistry major requirements under the B.Sc. programme 
  • Fulfilled 100 MCs or more

The Honours programme comprises 4 Level 4 lecture modules (16 MC), and either (a) CM4199A (research project, thesis, poster and seminar presentation) or (b) CM4299 (5 – 6 month full-time internship in a chemistry related area, report, portfolio and seminar presentation) either of which is equivalent to another 4 modules (16 MC).
In addition to the above major requirements, students undertaking the B.Sc. (Hons.) programme are also required to fulfil 8 MCs of faculty requirements by
(i) 4 MCs from any one of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences and 'Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Sciences'; but not from the following subject groups: Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
(ii) 4 MCs of Non CM prefixed module from any subject group

 

CM4199A HONOURS PROJECT IN CHEMISTRY

 

The project involves two semesters of supervised research. The student will submit a final thesis (or report), give a progress seminar presentation about half way through the project work and present a poster at the end of the project. The final year project is one of two possible alternatives required as part of the honours class in our department. It aims to teach the student how to plan experiments, how to work scientifically to solve a problem and how to present these results to the scientific community in writing, as a succinct poster and a presentation.



CM4299 APPLIED PROJECT IN CHEMISTRY

 

In this module the student will participate in a full-time five to six-month-long internship in a chemistry related industry. The internship is self-sourced, but need not be project based, and may only be loosely related to chemistry. As such, the detailed scientific merit of the actual work performed will not be directly assessed. The granting of 16 MC and a passing grade by the University does not come lightly. The academic credit and grade will not be given for simply working for six months, informing the Department every two weeks regarding what the intern has been doing, then reporting back at the end of the internship on what was performed. The intern must prove that they achieved the intended learning outcomes of this module. This can only be done through proper maintenance of a Reflective Journal (described in the document in the link below) during the course of the internship. If the student does not wish to maintain a Reflective Journal then the Chemistry Department will not grant a passing grade for the internship as it is central to maximizing the learning experience and meeting the intended learning outcomes of the module. The internship culminates in the submission and presentation of a report and a portfolio demonstrating how the candidate has met the learning outcomes.
The details of CM4299 Applied Project in Chemistry including assessments and rubrics can be found here.


Students are required to fulfill the Level 3 Major requirements before proceeding to the Hons Programmes. Department will not accept “unofficial” Hons student i.e. fulfilling the Year 3 major module(s) concurrently in Hons Programme.


 

Specialization

(For those matriculated in AY2016/17 or after; for those maticulated before AY2016/17, please refer to the NUS bulletin.)

 

Students who complete the BSc (Hons) Degree Programme and satisfy specific requirements have an option to file for graduation with specialization in one of the following areas:

  • * Materials Chemistry
  • * Medicinal Chemistry
  • * Environment and Energy

 

A. BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Materials Chemistry
To be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Materials Chemistry, students are required to read and pass all essential modules at Level 1000 and Level 2000 under Chemistry Major Requirements and the following modules at Level 3000 and Level 4000 as set out in the tables below:.

 

(i) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) in the area of Materials Chemistry.

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry

CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3251 Nanochemistry

SP2251

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or non-specified CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialisation Requirement (24MCs)
a) At least four modules or 16MC from (1) selected from:
CM3251, CM3252, CM3253, CM4251, CM4252, CM4253, CM4254 and CM4258
b) CM4199A (8MCs can be counted towards Specialisation requirement)

CM3252 Polymer Chemistry 1

CM1131 and CM2121

CM3253 Materials Chemistry 1

CM1131 and CM2111

CM4251 Characterization Techniques in Materials Chemistry

CM3252 and CM3253

CM4252 Polymer Chemistry 2

CM3252

CM4253 Materials Chemistry 2

CM3253

CM4254 Chemistry of Semi-Conductors

CM3232

CM4258 Advanced Polymer Science

CM3252

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (in the area of Materials Chemistry)

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

CM4199A is a 16-MC module; 8 MCs could be counted toward Specialization requirement.

Total

52 MCs


aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 Module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.

 

(ii) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) not in the area of Materials Chemistry or CM4299 (Applied Project in Chemistry)

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry

CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3251 Nanochemistry

SP2251

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or specified non-CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialization Requirement (24MC)
a) At least six modules or 24MC from (1) selected from:
CM3251, CM3252, CM3253, CM4251, CM4252, CM4253, CM4254 and CM4258

CM3252 Polymer Chemistry 1

CM1131 and CM2121

CM3253 Materials Chemistry 1

CM1131 and CM2111

CM4251 Characterization Techniques in Materials Chemistry

CM3252 and CM3253

CM4252 Polymer Chemistry 2

CM3252

CM4253 Materials Chemistry 2

CM3253

CM4254 Chemistry of Semi-Conductors

CM3232

CM4258 Advanced Polymer Science

CM3252

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (not in the area of Materials Chemistry)

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more
with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

Total

52 MCs

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 Module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.

 

B. BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Medicinal Chemistry

 

To be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Medicinal Chemistry, students are required to read and pass all essential modules at Level 1000 and Level 2000 under Chemistry Major Requirements and the following modules at Level 3000 and Level 4000 as set out in the tables below:

 

(i) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) in the area of Medicinal Chemistry.

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000
CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3221 Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach
CM2121

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or specified non-CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialisation Requirement (24MC)
a) At least four modules or 16MC from (1) selected from:
CM3221, CM3225, CM4271, CM4225, CM4227, CM4273, CM4274, CM4215, CM5224a, CM5245a and PR4205
b) CM4199A (8MC can be counted towards Specialization requirement)

 

CM3225 Biomolecules

CM2121

CM4271 Medicinal Chemistry
CM2121 and CM3225

CM4225 Organic Spectroscopy

CM2121
CM4227 Chemical Biology
CM1121 or CM1401 and
LSM1101 or LSM1401
CM4273 Computational Drug Design
CM3221 or CM3222
CM4274 The Art and Methodology in Total Synthesis
CM3221
CM4215 Bioinorganic Chemistry
CM3211 or CM3212 or CM3268
CM5224 Emerging Concepts of Drug Discoverya
By permission
CM5245 Bioanalytical Chemistrya
By permission
PR4205 Bioorganic Principles of Medicinal Chemistry

PR3101

Other CM (or approved) modules

.
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (in the area of Medicinal Chemistry)

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more
with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

CM4199A is a 16-MC module; 8 MCs could be counted toward Specialization requirement.

Total

52 MCs

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.

 

(ii) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) not in the area of Medicinal Chemistry.

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000
CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3221 Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach
CM2121

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or specified non-CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialization Requirement (24MC)
a) At least six modules or 24MC from (1) selected from:
CM3221, CM3225, CM4271, CM4225, CM4227, CM4273, CM4274, CM4215, CM5224a, CM5245a and PR4205

 

CM3225 Biomolecules
CM2121
CM4271 Medicinal Chemistry
CM2121 and CM3225

CM4225 Organic Spectroscopy

CM2121
CM4227 Chemical Biology
CM1121 or CM1401 and
LSM1101 or LSM1401
CM4273 Computational Drug Design
CM3221 or CM3222
CM4274 The Art and Methodology in Total Synthesis
CM3221
CM4215 Bioinorganic Chemistry

CM3211 or CM3212 or CM3268

CM5224 Emerging Concepts of Drug Discoverya
By permission
CM5245 Bioanalytical Chemistrya
By permission
PR4205 Bioorganic Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
PR3101

Other CM (or approved) modules

.
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (not in the area of Medicinal Chemistry); OR CM4299 Applied Project in Chemistry

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more
with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

Total

52 MCs

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.

 

 

C. BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Environment and Energy

 

To be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Specialization in Environment and Energy, students are required to read and pass all essential modules at Level 1000 and Level 2000 under Chemistry Major Requirements and the following modules at Level 3000 and Level 4000 as set out in the tables below:

(i) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) in the area of Environment & Energy.

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry

CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3242 Instrumental Analysis II

CM2142 or CM2166

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or specified non-CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialization Requirement (24MC)
a) At least four modules or 16MC from (1) selected from:
CM3242, CM3261, CM4241, CM4242, CM4269 and CM4282
b) CM4199A (8MC can be counted towards Specialization requirement)

CM3261 Environmental Chemistry

CM3241 or CM2142 or
CM2166 or by permission

CM4241 Trace Analysis

CM3242 or by permission

CM4242 Advanced Analytical Techniques

CM3242 or by permission

CM4269 Sustainable and Green Chemistry

CM1121 and CM1131 and
(CM2121 or CM2101)

CM4282 Energy Resources

CM1131 and CM1111

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (in the area of Environment and Energy)

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more
with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

CM4199A is a 16-MC module; 8 MCs could be counted toward Specialization requirement.

Total

52 MCs

 

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.

 

(iii) For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) not in the area of Environment and Energy, or CM4299 (Applied Project in Chemistry).

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM2111, CM2121 and
CM2191

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry

CM2101, CM2142 and
CM2192

3000/

4000

CM3242 Instrumental Analysis II

CM2142 or CM2166

(1) 28 MCs of Level 3000 and 4000 CM (or non-specified non-CM) modules, excluding CM4199A, with at least four such modules at Level 4000a 

 

(2) Specialization Requirement (24MC)
a) At least six modules or 24MC from (1) selected from: CM3242, CM3261, CM4241, CM4242, CM4269 and CM4282

CM3261 Environmental Chemistry

CM3241 or CM2142 or
CM2166 or by permission

CM4241 Trace Analysis

CM3242 or by permission

CM4242 Advanced Analytical Techniques

CM3242 or by permission

CM4269 Sustainable and Green Chemistry

CM1121 and CM1131 and
(CM2121 or CM2101)

CM4282 Energy Resources

CM1131 and CM1111

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (not in the area of Environment and Energy)

OR

CM4299 Applied Project in Chemistry

Fulfilment of 100MCs or more
with a CAP of 3.20 and above

16 MCs

Total

52 MCs

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module. This Level 5000 module cannot be used again to satisfy graduate studies requirement.