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. 


Students must complete 92 credits of the following requirements.

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements (34 credits)

Chemistry requirements (42 credits)

Number Course Cr
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3
CHM202 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM203 Qualitative Analysis 2
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 3 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
PHY321 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
PHY301 Classical Physics for Life Sciences 3

Free electives (6 credits) 

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