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Department of Chemistry Courses

  • Undergraduate

  • The Department offers two courses at the Bachelor of Science level, which comprise the Bachelor of Industrial Science (SSI) and the Bachelor of Pure Science (SST) courses. Both of these courses are 3-year programmes requiring passing credits of between 96-102 credit hours depending on the major fields. Upon completion of all the required credits, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree.


  • This course is conducted through lectures, tutorials and laboratory work in 6 semesters (3 years). The student are required to take chemistry subjects along with several skill subjects such as basic computer programming, marketing, management and financial management.
  • This course is conducted through lectures, tutorials and lab works in 6 semesters (3 years). The student are required to take chemistry subjects incorporating several subjects such as history of nobel winners, critical and creative thinking and research methodology and information retrieval.

The main objective of the Bachelor of Science course is to produce competent, efficient and skilled scientists and technologists at the undergraduate level, in order to fulfill the needs of industries, research and development for the public and private sectors.

The Bachelor of Science curriculum was designed to provide relevant and up-to-date combinations of core and elective subjects. The curriculum was also devised with the intention to strengthen the fundamentals of science and mathematics in the earlier stage of the course. To achieve this, all students in the Bachelor of Science Programme must take two Faculty core subjects in Semester I of Year 1, in addition to programme core subjects and General University Subjects.

Students who opt for the Bachelor of Industrial Science courses must undergo a 10-week Industrial Training and depending on their majors,are required to take three management subjects. Students under the Bachelor of Pure Science programme do not undergo the Industrial Training program and do not require the three management subjects but replaced these subjects with three science or mathematic subjects.

The distribution of credits for the Industrial Science course is given in the following table:-
SubjectDistribution of credits
Faculty Core6
Programme core59
General University8
Overall Total Credit102

It is compulsory for industrial science students to undergo a 10-week industrial training in a private or public sector during the short semester at the end of Year 2. The purpose of Industrial Training is to equip graduates with practical technical knowledge besides exposing them to industrial working environment. All the subjects, offered by the faculty, with the exception of selected subjects approved by the University’s Senate, carry credit values. In general, one credit hour is equivalent to fourteen hours of lecture or thirty hours of laboratory work/project.

  • Postgraduate Program
    • Master of Science (Chemistry)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry)
    Graduates can be involved in any industrial field based on petrochemistry, rubber, woods and oil palm, food industry, fertilizer, plastic, metal, textile and electronic such as:
    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Chemist
    • Environmental Health Specialist
    • Hydro geologist
    • Occupational Safety Specialist
    • Patent Agent
    • Science Laboratory Technician
    • Water Purification Chemist
    • Food Scientist/Technologist
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Quality Control Manager
    • Toxicologist
    • Water Scientist
    • Biochemist
    • Crime Lab Analyst
    • Forensic Chemist
    • Water/wastewater Plant Manager

      • Agricultural Service Firms
      • Biotechnical Firms
      • Chemical Manufacturers
      • Colleges and Universities
      • Environmental Consulting Firms
      • Food Products Companies
      • Hospitals
      • Laboratories
      • Manufacturing Companies
      • Petroleum Companies
      • Pharmaceutical Companies
      • Research Institutes
      Government Agencies
      • Agricultural Experiment Stations
      • Center for Disease Control
      • Department of Agriculture
      • Department of Defense
      • Department of Energy
      • Department of Health and Human Services
      • Environmental Protection Agency
      • Food and Drug Administration

    For enquiries, please contact:
    Associate Professor Dr Mustaffa Shamsuddin
    Phone : (+607) 5534008 Fax: (+607) 5566162 Email:

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