• Degree: Master
  • Campus: Debbieh
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Chemistry

Program Description

To obtain the Master degree in Chemistry, the student has to successfully complete a total of 36 credit hours including 30 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 2.33 and successfully defend the thesis (6 credit hours) in no less than two years.


Chairperson: Prof. Ashraf Abdel-Gaber

Professors: Prof. Ghassan Younes, Prof. Mohammad Sherif El Gayyar

Associate Professors:  Dr. Mohammad EL-Dakdouki

Assistant Professor: Dr. Rami Oweini

Part-time Lecturer:  Dr. Hiba Abdalla, Dr. Farah Zaitouni, Dr. Zalfa Nour, Dr. Berna Hamad, Dr. Mohammad Al- Eter

The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide high quality education which includes exposure to the core areas of chemistry. The Department offers a wide variety of courses to support other departments and faculties. It prepares chemistry professionals to meet the challenges encountered in their chosen careers, and supports research activities. The Chemistry Department also provides distinguished services to the community.

The Chemistry graduate program at BAU aims to provide the students with an advanced and deep knowledge of the various disciplines of chemistry, and to equip them with the tools, skills and attributes necessary for their development into leading professionals in academia and industry. To realize this mission, the students are engaged in advanced course work, in-depth studies and independent research to acquire the skills of assimilating new information and generating solutions to significant scientific problems. This is facilitated by a unique learning environment encompassing supportive faculty members with diverse research interests, well-equipped laboratories, and a broad network of national and international collaborations. Thus, the high quality graduate chemistry program at BAU continues to attract the best students from Lebanon and the region.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and in depth understanding of the major fields of chemistry including organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to collate, assimilate, and critically review the primary literature pertaining to their research projects.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to design research proposals in the field of specialization.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to independently carry out relevant research projects that can lead to publication(s) in a peer reviewed scientific journals.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to plan and conduct laboratory-based practical work efficiently and safely by following standard operating procedures.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in operating advanced instrumentation, and using a range of scientific software and computational tools.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to recognize and creatively provide solutions to significant chemical problems through logical thinking and critical analysis.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific data and research outcomes both orally and in writing to broad range of audiences.
  9. Demonstrate an ability to work in a team, exercise decision making capabilities, effectively manage time, and efficiently organize a project.

To obtain the Master Degree in Chemistry, The student has to successfully complete a total of 36 credit hours including 30 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 2.33 and successfully defend the thesis (6 credit hours) in no less than two years.

The advanced level of knowledge and skills acquired during the graduate studies in chemistry enables the student to seek job opportunities in a wide variety of workplaces, both in the public and private sectors. These includes, but not limited to:

  1. Pursue a PhD degree in any major field of chemistry including organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biological chemistry;
  2. Teaching career at the high school and university levels;
  3. Research positions at universities, chemical industry, governmental agencies and research councils;
  4. Chemist positions in food analysis, forensic sciences, and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Program Requirements Credits
Core Courses 18
Elective Courses 12
Thesis 6
Total 36

The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  2. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  3. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  4. Physical Chemistry Research Laboratory
  5. Organic Chemistry Research Laboratory
  6. Inorganic Research Laboratory
  7. Water Analysis Laboratory
  8. Specialized Center for Chemical Analysis

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
CHEM651 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
CHEM652 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
GNSC621 Technical Writing And Research Skills 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MC
------- Elective (Departmental) 6 (6crs.: 6lec.) DE
Second Semester
CHEM653 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
CHEM654 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
MATH654 Advanced Analysis and Applications 3 (3Crs.: 3Lec.) MJC
------- Elective Departmental 6 (6crs.: 6lec.) DE

Elective Courses (EC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
CHEM655 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
CHEM656 Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysis 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
CHEM657 Heterocyclic Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
CHEM660 Inorganic Reactions And Mechanisms 3 (3crs.: 3lec) EC
CHEM661 Chemistry Of Nanomaterials And Bioconjugates 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
CHEM662 Independent Study 3 (3crs.: 3lec) EC
CHEM663 Special Topics In Analytical Chemistry 3 (3crs. : 3lec) EC
CHEM664 Special Topics In Organic Chemistry 3 (3crs. : 3lec) EC
CHEM665 Special Topics In Inorganic Chemistry 3 (3crs. : 3lec) EC
CHEM666 Special Topics In Physical Chemistry 3 (3crs. : 3lec) EC

Mandatory Course (MC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
CHEM690 Thesis 6 (6 Crs.) MC