Specialization

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry with Specialization in

Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or Environment and Energy

  1. The current Applied Chemistry Programme (BApplSc and BApplSc Hons) in the Department of Chemistry will cease to recruit students in AY2013-14.

  2. Commencing AY2013-14, the Department of Chemistry will introduce Specialization in Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Environment & Energy within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry Programme. Specialization in Analytics and Forensics may be introduced at a later date.

  3. Students can only opt for one Specialization.

  4. Students, including current students matriculated before AY2013-14, can file for Specialization after they have fulfilled the requirements. The clause BSc Hons in Chemistry with Specialization in (area of specialization) shall appear in their transcript. Students have to ensure that they have declared the specialization in CORS in their graduating semester.

  5. Students can choose not to select any of the Specialization areas and remain in the Chemistry BSc Hons degree programme reading a combination of modules in analytical, inorganic, organic and/or physical chemistry, and those offered in the specialization areas.

Course Structure

Level

BSc Hons in Chemistry with Specialization (Minimum Requirements)

Cumulative MCs

1000

CM1131 Physical Chemistry 1

CM1111 Inorganic Chemistry 1

CM1121 Organic Chemistry 1

CM1191 Experiments in Chemistry 1

MA1421 Basic Applied Mathematics for Sciences or MA1102R Calculus

LSM1401 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or equivalent

24
2000

CM2101 Physical Chemistry 2

CM2111 Inorganic Chemistry 2

CM2121 Organic Chemistry 2

CM2142 Analytical Chemistry 1

CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

48

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry

56

3000/

4000

  • (a) If CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry is in area of Specialization, any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000a and at least four such modules in area of Specialization;b

OR
(b) If CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry is not in area of Specialization, any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000a and at least six such modules in area of Specialization;

88
4000

CM4199A Honours Project in Chemistry (16 MCs)

104

aStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module.

b8 MCs of the Honours Project in Chemistry (16 MCs) could be counted toward Specialization requirement.


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:

A. 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 Chemistrya

CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistrya

CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3251 Nanochemistrya

SP2251

32 MCs

Any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000c; and at least four such modules selected from CM3251, CM3252, CM3253, CM4251, CM4252, CM4253 and CM4254 as part of Specialization requirement.

CM3252 Polymer Chemistry 1b

CM1131 and CM2121

CM3253 Materials Chemistry 1b

CM1131 and CM2111

CM4251 Characterization Techniques in Materials Chemistry b

CM3252 and CM3253

CM4252 Polymer Chemistry 2b

CM3252

CM4253 Materials Chemistry 2b

CM3253

CM4254 Chemistry of Semi-Conductorsb

CM3232

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

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

Fulfilment of 100 MCs or more with a CAP of 3.50 and above

16 MCs

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

Total

56 MCs


aExisting module.

bNew module.

cStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module.



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

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistrya

CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistrya

CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3251 Nanochemistrya

SP2251

32 MCs

Any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000c; and at least six such modules selected from CM3251, CM3252, CM3253, CM4251, CM4252, CM4253 and CM4254 as Specialization requirement.

CM3252 Polymer Chemistry 1b

CM1131 and CM2121

CM3253 Materials Chemistry 1b

CM1131 and CM2111

CM4251 Characterization Techniques in Materials Chemistry b

CM3252 and CM3253

CM4252 Polymer Chemistry 2b

CM3252

CM4253 Materials Chemistry 2b

CM3253

CM4254 Chemistry of Semi-Conductorsb

CM3232

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

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

Fulfilment of 100 MCs or more with a CAP of 3.50 and above

16 MCs

Total

56 MCs

aExisting module.

bNew module.

cStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module.



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:

C. 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
CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3221 Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy
CM2121

(1) 32 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: CM3221, CM3225, CM4271, 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
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
CM2121
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)
Honours Eligibility Requirements for Specific Cohort

16 MCs

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

Total

56 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.



D. 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
CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3221 Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy
CM2121

(1) 32 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, CM4227, CM4273, CM4274, CM4215, CM5224a, CM5245a and PR4205

CM3225 Biomolecules
CM2121
CM4271 Medicinal Chemistry
CM2121 and CM3225
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
CM2121
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)
Honours Eligibility Requirements for specific cohort

16 MCs

Total

56 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.



Specialization In Environment & Energy

To be awarded a BSc Hons in Chemistry with Specialization in Environment & 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:

E. 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 Chemistrya

CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistrya

CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3242 Instrumental Analysis IIa

CM2142 or CM2166

32 MCs

Any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000c; and at least four such modules selected from CM3242, CM3261, CM4241, CM4242, CM4269 and CM4282 as part of Specialization requirement.

CM3261 Environmental Chemistrya

CM3241 or CM2142 or CM2166 or by permission

CM4241 Trace Analysisa

CM3242 or by permission

CM4242 Advanced Analytical Techniquesa

CM3242 or by permission

CM4269 Sustainable and Green Chemistrya

CM1121 and CM1131 and (CM2121 or CM2101)

CM4282 Energy Resourcesb

 CM1131 and CM2111

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

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

Fulfilment of 100 MCs or more with a CAP of 3.50 and above

16 MCs

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

Total

56 MCs

aExisting module.

bNew module.

cStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module.



F. For students who complete CM4199A (Honours Project in Chemistry) not in the area of Environment & Energy.

Level

Module Code/Title

Prerequisites

Requirements

3000

CM3291 Advanced Experiments in Inorganic and Organic Chemistrya

CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

8 MCs

Essential modules for Chemistry Major

CM3292 Advanced Experiments in Analytical and Physical Chemistrya

CM2192 Experiments in Chemistry 3

3000/

4000

CM3242 Instrumental Analysis IIa

CM2142 or CM2166

32 MCs

Any eight CM modules at Level 3000 or 4000 with at least four such modules at Level 4000c; including CM3242, CM3261, CM4241, CM4242, CM4269 and CM4282 as part of Specialization requirement.

CM3261 Environmental Chemistrya

CM3241 or CM2142 or CM2166 or by permission

CM4241 Trace Analysisa

CM3242 or by permission

CM4242 Advanced Analytical Techniquesa

CM3242 or by permission

CM4269 Sustainable and Green Chemistrya

CM1121 and CM1131 and (CM2121 or CM2101)

CM4282 Energy Resourcesb

 CM1131 and CM2111

Other CM (or approved) modules

 
4000

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

Fulfilment of 100 MCs or more with a CAP of 3.50 and above

16 MCs

Total

56 MCs

aExisting module.

bNew module.

cStudents may take up to one Level 5000 module in place of a Level 4000 module.



New Modules

CM3252 Polymer Chemistry 1

Polymer science is the study of plastic materials of everyday life and the development of new materials that meet technological needs. This module covers classification and synthesis of polymers by different polymerization techniques; copolymerization reactions and industrial polymers. Physical properties of polymers both in the solid state and in solution will also be discussed. Knowledge in laboratory techniques in polymerization, determination of molecular weight and stability and spectroscopic studies will be introduced.

CM3253 Materials Chemistry 1

Fundamentals of solid state chemistry will first cover the primary and secondary types of bonding in solids followed by lattice energy in ionic solids. Crystalline solids and their crystal structure will be studied. Metals, insulators and semiconductors will be distinguished using the band theory of solids. Defects occur in crystals point, line and surface and their effects on properties of solid materials will be explained. Factors affecting crystallization and glass formation, and different components of glasses and their uses will be discussed. Formation of different types of glasses and their applications will be highlighted.

CM4251 Characterization Techniques in Materials Chemistry

Preparation and characterization of materials form crucial and vital aspects of materials research. Highly developed instruments are now available to apply an interdisciplinary study to understand the structure-property relationship. This module provides undergraduates an introduction to modern materials characterization techniques which comprise surface analysis techniques, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, thermal analyses, mechanical tastings and spectroscopies.

CM4252 Polymer Chemistry 2

This module prepares the students for the polymer related industry. It covers the chemistry of polymer degradation under the influence of heat, oxygen and UV light and ways of retardation. The science and technology of elastomers or rubber like polymeric materials will be discussed and compared to solid plastics. The synthesis, properties and applications of contemporary engineering and specialty polymers and the role of additives in plastics will also be discussed.

CM4253 Materials Chemistry 2

This module aims to discuss important contemporary topics in the field of materials chemistry, e.g. nanostructured materials, hybrid composites, and polymeric materials as active components in electronic applications. Self-assembly of monolayers on metal surfaces and semiconductors, and other nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, grapheme) will be covered. Material synthesis, processability in device matrix and stability will be emphasized, together with structure-performance relationship. Formal teaching may be accompanied by presentations and case studies delivered by selected Industry researchers.

CM4254 Chemistry of Semiconductors

An understanding of dimensional dependence of energy levels, Fermi energy, and band gap in crystals form the basis for learning newly developed devices and applications in transistors, solar cells, etc. The principles of device operation and fabrication will be introduced in relation to electrical and structural properties of Silicon, GaAs and the operation of p-n junctions and transistors. Chemistry in the fabrication of integrated circuits from growth of single crystals, photolithography, etching, dielectric deposition to packaging of circuit, and electrochemistry of semiconductors, charge transfer across electrolyte-semiconductor interface, band bending and Mott Schottky analysis will be covered.

CM4273 Computational Drug Design

This module introduces modern computational methods used in drug discovery and drug development. It covers topics such as drug design process, structure and ligand based drug design, molecular mechanics methods, homology model, molecular docking, pharmacophore models, quantitative structure-reactivity relationship (QSAR), de novo ligand design, quantum mechanics techniques, cheminformatics, database search tools, and virtual screening. Hands-on experience in using computational software and visualization tools will be provided.

CM4274 The Art and Methodology in Total Synthesis

This module comprises of a study of the total synthesis of useful functional molecules. Both general and advanced strategies are covered. Concepts of the classical multistep and the greener cascade sequences are explored. The concepts and strategies are illustrated with classical and modern examples.

CM4282 Energy Resources

This module comprises of a physico-chemical study of the energy resources and the environmental and economic implications of their exploitation. Following the history of energy consumption, the current situation is summarized, and the implications of the continuation of the status quo identified. Concepts of fitness for purpose, and environmental and economic sustainability are explored. Key technologies areas cover generation, use efficiency, and storage and transmission. These are illustrated with quantitative case studies.



For further information, contact:

Assoc Prof Lam Yulin

chmlamyl@nus.edu.sg

Assoc Prof Lai Yee Hing

chmlaiyh@nus.edu.sg

Ms Wong Suk Tak, Carrie

chmwst@nus.edu.sg