The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

BS in Chemistry (Premed Program)

Chemistry is the “central discipline” of science programs such as science education, engineering, pharmacy, biology and all of health and medical sciences.

The undergraduate (BS) Chemistry program at LAU provide students with a broad-based education, which includes exposure to the core areas of chemistry (analytical, physical, organic and inorganic), and recently emerging technologies in both a classroom setting and in the laboratory within the context of the liberal arts curriculum.

The program encompasses the latest methodologies and applications in the study of chemistry and provides students with access to advanced instrumental techniques, particularly through the integration of information technology solutions for chemical applications.

While studying, students develop critical-thinking skills through problem-based learning as well as adequate oral and written communication skills for scientific information. Also, students will have the chance to acquire basic skills in research methodology, data analysis and interpretation through their coursework and the senior study project.

Ultimately, students will graduate as well-rounded individuals with a broad knowledge in the chemical field and hence will be well prepared for local, national and international job markets in the sectors of education, industry and health. Moreover, the program prepares students for postgraduate study in scientific fields such as chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical sciences and medicine. 

Curriculum (for current students)

Students must complete 92 credits of the following requirements.

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements (34 credits)

Core requirements (42 credits)

Number Course Cr
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3
CHM202 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM203 Qualitative Analysis 1
CHM204 Quantitative Analysis 2
CHM311 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM313 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHM312 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM314 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHM330 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHM332 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM334 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHM420 Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHM499 Senior Study 3

Elective courses (minimum 6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:

Number Course Cr
BCH300 Essentials of Biochemistry 4
PHA312 Medicinal Chemistry (I) 3
NUT312 Food Chemistry 3
CHM340 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHM401 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHM402 Chemistry of Materials 3
CHM403 Polymer Science 3
CHM404 Forensic Chemistry 3
CHM405 Statistical Mechanics 3

Elective laboratory course (minimum 2 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

Number Course Cr
CHM412 Synthesis and Identification of Organic Compounds 2
CHM423 Synthesis and Identification of Inorganic Compounds 2
CHM424 Synthesis and Identification of Nanomaterials 2
CHM425 Computational Chemistry 2

Other requirements

Mathematics requirements (6 credits)

Number Course Cr
MTH201 Calculus III 3
Choose one of the following (3 credits):
MTH301 Linear Algebra 3
MTH303 Numerical Methods 3
MTH304 Differential Equation 3
MTH305 Probability and Statistics 3
STA205 Biostatistics 3

Physics requirements (7 credits)

Number Course Cr
PHY201 Electricity and Magnetism 4
Choose one of the following (3 credits):
CIE200 Statics 3
PHY301 Classical Physics for Life Sciences 3
PHY321 Introduction to Modern Physics 3

Free electives (6 credits) 

Curriculum (effective as of fall 2019)

A total of 94 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:

Core Course requirements (42 credits)

Number Course Cr
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3
CHM203 Qualitative Analysis 1
CHM204 Quantitative Analysis 2
CHM301 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM302 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHM311 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM312 Organic Chemistry II 1
CHM313 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHM314 Organic Chemistry II Lab 3
CHM330 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHM332 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM334 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHM421 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHM422 Inorganic Chemistry II 3
CHM423 Syn. & Id. of Inorg. Comp. 2
CHM425 Computational Chemistry 2
CHM499 Senior Study 3

Elective courses (minimum 6 credits)

Number Course Cr
BCH301 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
CHM340 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHM402 Chemistry of Materials 3
CHM403 Polymer Science 3
CHM404 Forensic Chemistry 3
CHM405 Statistical Mechanics 3
CHM488 Topics in Chemistry 3

Elective laboratory course (minimum 2 credits)

Number Course Cr
CHM406 Forensic Chemistry Lab 2
CHM412 Synthesis and Identification of Organic Compounds 2
CHM424 Synthesis and Identification of Nanomaterials 2

Other requirements (14 credits)

Mathematics requirements (6 credits)

Number Course Cr
MTH201 Calculus III (LAE) 3
Choose one of the following (3 credits):
MTH301 Linear Algebra 3
MTH303 Numerical Methods 3
MTH304 Differential Equation 3
MTH305 Probability and Statistics 3

Physics requirements (7 credits)

Number Course Cr
PHY201 Electricity and Magnetism 4
Choose one of the following (3 credits):
PHY301 Classical Physics for Life Sciences 3
PHY321 Introduction to Modern Physics 3

Computer skills requirements (1 credit)

Number Course Cr
CSC201 Computer Applications 1

Free electives (3 credits) 


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