Throughout its history the department has maintained a strong undergraduate program. The B.Sc. curriculum taught accounted for 162 credit hours. The undergraduate curriculum has been reformed so as to place students at the leading edge of inquiry into chemical knowledge while maintaining high standard of teaching. In order to gain research experience, the department introduced compulsory undergraduate research for all final year students for the first time in the college of science. Our faculty members also offer various elective courses in fields of their own specialties such as Forensic Chemistry, Chemical Safety, corrosion and many others. The department worked hard to introduce minor programs into its degree in order to improve job opportunities for the graduates and to cope with the market demand. Minor programs currently offered with our degree include minor in business administration, geology, computer science physics etc. The department continued to expand regularly with an increase in student’s intake by the university.
The Department of Chemistry aspires to maintain its standing as a center of excellence for training in chemistry and applied chemistry in our sub-region. Our mission is to achieve excellence in the area of chemical science, research and community service by promoting the principles of scientific analysis and creative thinking, and supporting the scientific development of Oman.
In June 2014 the undergraduate program was accredited by Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC)
BSc in Applied Chemistry
BSc in Chemistry
The Department offers two undergraduate programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in Fundamental Chemistry and Applied Chemistry. The undergraduate curricula have been designed in accordance with international standards and practices. The curricula were developed to meet special needs of local prospective employers as well as the academic and research advances taking place in chemical sciences.
- To provide a broad foundation in chemistry that stresses on scientific reasoning and analytical problem solving perspectives.
- To install a sense of enthusiasm in chemistry students about importance of chemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context.
- To expose the students to a wide range of experimental techniques using modern instrumentation.
- To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge and practical skills that have a value in chemical and non-chemical employment.
- To train graduates who can apply their knowledge and skills in analysis of works related to the fundamental areas of chemistry.
- To provide students with a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed for further studies in specialized areas of chemistry or multidisciplinary areas involving chemistry.
- To equip individuals with the necessary skills and competencies to enable them to seek jobs and progress in their academic career.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of major concepts in all major disciplines of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic and physical.
- Students will employ critical thinking and the scientific method to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of chemical experiments.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of appropriate instrumentation to collect and record data from chemical experiments.
- Students will know and follow proper procedures and regulations for safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals.
- Students will demonstrate an awareness of the impact of chemistry on the environment, society, and other cultures outside the scientific community.
- Students will be able to carry out scientific experiments as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.
- Students will be skilled in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning as applied to scientific problems.
- Students will be able to communicate the results of scientific work in oral, written and electronic formats to both scientists and the public at large.
- Students will be able to explain why chemistry is an integral activity for addressing social, economic, and environmental problems.