Science - Chemistry

  • Degree: Bachelor
  • Campus: Beirut, Debbieh, Tripoli
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Chemistry

Program Description

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete a total of 97 credit hours + IC3, where the standard duration of study is 6 semesters. There is one general semester of study for the students of the Chemistry Program.

Chairperson: Dr. Mohammad H. El-Dakdouki

Professors: Prof. Ghassan Younes

Assistant Professors:  Dr. Nour El Ghosh, Dr. Ibtissam Saad, Dr. Nawal Hakawati

Part-time Lecturer:  Prof. Daoud Nawfal, Dr. Amani Aridi, Dr. Khadija Hijazi, Dr. Noha Ghanem, Dr. Berna Hamad, Dr. Najah Wehbe, Dr. Fatima Yehya, Dr. Amer Ghannoum. 

The mission of the Department of Chemistry at BAU is to maintain its posture as a leading academic center to promote excellence in chemical education, advance chemical discovery, enhance the employability of our graduates, and strengthen community engagement and outreach activities. We are committed to continuously graduating future chemists who are ready to address global challenges contribute to scientific advancement, and embrace ethical standards and safe practices.

The aim of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is to:

  • Provide students with the basic theoretical principles and practical skills of core and applied chemistry disciplines.
  • Develop students’ skills in analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, communication, and research.
  • Prepare students for graduate studies or professional careers in chemistry-related areas.
  • Provide students with hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment.
  • Enhance the community service spirit within the students through participation in outreach activities

The Chemistry program enables students, by the time of graduation, to achieve the following outcomes:

a- Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. The basic science including chemical principles and theories, terminology, nomenclatures, units and basic mathematics and physics.
  2. The detailed knowledge of the subfields of chemistry, including analytical and physical chemistry, as well as inorganic and organic chemistry.
  3. The fundamental facts, principles and theories of selected topics in applied chemistry including petrochemical industry, chemistry of polymers, catalysis, heterocyclic chemistry, physical photochemistry, medicinal chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, and industrial inorganic chemistry.

b- Intellectual Skills:

  1. Demonstrate essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the main fields in chemistry.
  2. Analyze and solve qualitative and quantitative synthetic chemical problems.
  3. Analyze experimental data for meaningful interpretations, critically assess data in the literature and extract useful data from it.

c- Practical Skills:

  1. Follow practical instructions safely and accurately.
  2. Conduct experiments and use appropriate experimental apparatus effectively.
  3. Operate chemical instrumentation. Read, evaluate and interpret data.

d- Transferable Skills:

  1. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Use information technology skills, especially in the areas of information retrieval, literature searching and use of library databases.
  3. Work independently and collaborate effectively.
  4. Manage time by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.
  5. Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace or in professional field after graduation.

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete a total of 97 credit hours + IC3, where the standard duration of study is 6 semesters. There is one general semester of study for the students of the Chemistry Program.

Chemistry graduates are qualified to either continue their postgraduate studies, or work in educational or research institutions, laboratories, industries, pharmaceutical or health companies. The available options include the following: School Teacher, Lab Assistant, Research Assistant, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Corrosion Control and Electroplating, Paints, Polymers and Materials Development, Food and Water industries, Drug, Pharmaceutical, Health, Environmental Monitoring, Quality Control, Forensic and many others.

I. University Requirements Credits
* University Mandatory Courses 5
* University Elective Courses 11
II. Program Requirements Credits
Faculty Core Courses 19
Major Core Courses 44
Departmental Electives 12
**Faculty Electives 6
Total 97
*A total of 16 credits is required as University Requirements:

5 credits are selected from the University Mandatory courses list.

At least one course from social sciences and one course from humanities should be selected among the university elective courses.

** A total of 6 credits is required as faculty electives.

Students can enroll in any course offered by the Faculty of Science.

The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  2. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  3. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  4. Physical Chemistry Research Laboratory
  5. Organic Chemistry Research Laboratory
  6. Inorganic Research Laboratory
  7. Water Analysis Laboratory
  8. Specialized Center for Chemical Analysis

Academic Years
2013/2014: 32
2014/2015:  31
2015/2016: 27
2016/2017: 27
2017/2018: 26



Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
CHEM241 Principles of Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
CHEM241L Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
CMPS241 Introduction to Programming 3 (3Crs.:2 Lec.,2Lab) FC
MATH241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS243 General Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS243L General Physics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
------- University Requirements 3 (3crs.) CUR
Second Semester
CHEM242  Analytical Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM242L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3 Lab) MJC
CHEM244 Organic Chemistry I 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM248 Physical Chemistry I  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
MATH242 Probability and Statistics 3 (3Crs.:2Lec.,2 Lab) FC
------- University Requirements 3 (3crs.) CUR
Third Semester
CHEM341 Organic Chemistry II 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM341L Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
CHEM343 Chemical Kinetics 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) MJC
CHEM345 Inorganic Chemistry I 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM349 Physical Chemistry II 3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM349L Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
TSHS341 Teaching Science in High School 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) FC
------- University Requirements 2 (2crs.) CUR
Fourth Semester
CHEM342 Instrumental Analysis 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM342L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3 Lab) MJC
CHEM346 Bioorganic Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:2 Lec,2 Lab) MJC
CHEM348 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM348L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1  (1Cr.:3 Lab) MJC
------- University Requirements 3 (3crs.) CUR
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
Fifth Semester
CHEM441 Electrochemistry & Applications 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM441L Electrochemistry And Applications Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
------- Departmental Electives 3 (3crs.) DE
------- Faculty Electives 3 (3crs.) FE
------- University Requirements 5 (5crs.) CUR
Sixth Semester
CHEM442 Spectroscopic Identification Of Chemical Compounds 3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM442L Spectroscopic Identification Of Chemical Compounds Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
CHEM444 Senior Project 2 (2Crs.:2Lec) MJC
------- Faculty Electives 3 (3crs.) FE
------- Departmental Electives 6 (6crs.) DE

Departmental Elective (DE)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
CHEM355 Petrochemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM356 Environmental Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM357 Water Analysis 3 (3Crs.:2Lec,3Lab) DE
CHEM358 Surface And Colloid Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
CHEM359 Regulatory Aspects Of Industrial Chemicals 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM450 Introduction To Medicinal Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM451 Physical Organic Chemistry 3  (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM452 Nuclear And Radiochemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) DE
CHEM453  Materials Science 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
CHEM454 Topics In Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE