Chemistry is a Physical Science that studies the structures, compositions, reactions and other properties of substances. Both Chemistry and Physics study matter and energy and their interactions, but while Physics focuses more on the nuclear part of the atom;
Chemistry tends to focus on the properties of substances and their interactions, particularly reactions that involve electrons. Chemistry is often referred to as the Central Science because it connects the Physical Sciences such as Physics with the Life Sciences & Applied Sciences such as Medicine and Engineering.
Basic Chemistry investigates the properties, composition, and structure of matter as well as the laws that govern the combination of elements and reactions of substances. Applied Chemistry deals with developing new products and processes or improving existing ones.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the basic scientific principles that underpin Chemistry such as Analytical and Organic Chemistry.
• Develop proficiency in practical knowledge of laboratory techniques and practices through which chemical products are developed.
• Develop mastery in testing procedures as well as the ability to analyse components and physical properties of materials.
• Be able to analyse substances to determine their chemical and physical properties, such as their structure and composition.
• Be able to write technical reports with emphasis on detailed methodology and accurate and reliable findings.
Chemistry is an ever-expanding discipline. Led by research, it plays a major role in the discovery and development of new and improved drugs, fuels, plastics, detergents, and thousands of industrial and household products.
Even though Chemistry has traditionally being applied in the sciences particularly medicine, engineering, agriculture and pharmacy, today it finds wide applicability in Business, Law and Manufacturing.
Whether it is forensics, plumbing or fire-fighting, Chemistry is being used to develop new and improved products and processes. Increasingly, expertise in one or several areas of Chemistry is recognised as essential for scientific research projects. In pharmaceutical research for example, chemists may work with biologists to develop new drugs and with engineers to design ways to mass produce them. The use of computers and sophisticated laboratory instrumentation for modelling, simulation, and experimental analysis is also gaining wide acceptance in Chemistry.
Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning and projects or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines
See General Admission Requirements and Procedures pages.
Class discussion. Note dictation, Practical Sessions.
Career opportunities for B.Sc Chemistry graduates are wide spanning Industry, Academia and MDAs. Graduates typically work in Quality Control, Chemical Analysis, Pollution Control, Environmental Monitoring, Teaching and Medical & Forensic Laboratories. Industries that usually employ chemists are:
• Cosmetics manufacturing
• Fertiliser manufacturing
• Food processing
• Metal products
• Paint manufacturing
• Petroleum Exploration & Refining
• Plastic products
• Paper manufacturing