Chemistry

About the department

Welcome to the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Beirut Arab University, Debbieh Site. Our department offers degree programs (B.S., M.S and PhD) in Biology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science. Our aim is to promote and contribute to the development and dissemination of basic and applied biological and environmental knowledge through high quality teaching, research and community services programs. The laboratory building houses an adequate number of laboratories offering suitable space for teaching and research. The diversity of scientific interests within the department contributes to an exciting, interactive, and supportive environment, where we all strive to achieve our goals and ambitions.

Mission

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.

Objectives

The aim of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is to:
  1. Provide students with the basic theoretical principles and practical concepts of core and applied chemistry disciplines.
  2. Develop students’ skills in analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication and research skills.
  3. Prepare students for graduate study or professional careers in chemistry.
  4. Provide students with hands-on experiences with state-of-the art scientific instruments and equipment.

Learning Outcomes

The Chemistry program enables students, by the time of graduation, to achieve the following outcomes:
Knowledge and Understanding:
  1. The basic science including chemical principles and theories, terminology, nomenclatures, units and basic mathematics and physics.
  2. The detailed knowledge of the subfields of chemistry, including analytical and physical chemistry, as well as inorganic and organic chemistry.
  3. The fundamental facts, principles and theories of selected topics in applied chemistry including petrochemical industry, chemistry of polymers, catalysis, heterocyclic chemistry, physical photochemistry, medicinal chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, and industrial inorganic chemistry.
Intellectual abilities:
  1. Demonstrate essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the main fields in chemistry.
  2. Analyze and solve qualitative and quantitative synthetic chemical problems.
  3. Analyze experimental data for meaningful interpretations, critically assess data in the literature and extract useful data from it.
Practical Skills:
  1. Follow practical instructions safely and accurately.
  2. Conduct experiments and use appropriate experimental apparatus effectively.
  3. Operate chemical instrumentation. Read, evaluate and interpret data
Transferable Skills:
  1. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Use information technology skills, especially in the areas of information retrieval, literature searching and use of library databases.
  3. Work independently and collaborate effectively.
  4. Manage time by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.
  5. Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace or in professional field after graduation.

Career Opportunities

Chemistry graduates are qualified to either continue their postgraduate studies, or work in educational or research institutions, laboratories, industries, pharmaceutical or health companies. The available options include the following: School Teacher, University Teacher, Lab Assistant, Research Assistant, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Corrosion Control and Electroplating, Paints, Polymers and Materials Development, Food and Water industries, Drug, Pharmaceutical, Health, Environmental Monitoring, Quality Control, Forensic and many others.

Degrees offered