Faculty of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry



The mission of the undergraduate chemistry program is to deliver a broad­based and challenging chemistry experience that will train students for graduate programs in science or to become professionals in a variety of school, government or private industry positions. The program will foster a culture that values our students, strives to help them become self­learners and promotes an understanding that social consciousness and ethical behavior are essential features of a principled chemistry community.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will demonstrate the...
fundamental knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to solve challenging and relevant problems in the four basic areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical) and related fields.
2. Graduates will have the ability to design and conduct experiments, to analyze and interpret experimental results, and to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical forms.
3. Graduates will work ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide. They will recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will recognize the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories.
b. Understand the ethical, philosophical, and social dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.
c. Apply mathematical foundations, physical principles and modeling basics to solve chemical problems and help to explore new areas of science.
d. Use classical techniques and modern instrumentation and record properly the results of their experiment.
e. Conduct experiments, analyze data, and interpret results, while observing responsible scientific conduct.
f. Employ critical thinking and efficient problem­solving skills in the four basic areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical).
g. Communicate the results of their work to biochemists, biologists or to a lay audience.
h. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
i. Find employment in industry or government, be accepted on graduate studies or find employment in school systems.
96 credits
General Education
Arts and Humanities
6 credits
Behavioral and Social Sciences
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
English Communication
3 credits
MAT216General Mathematics
3 credits
This course provides the basics needed by students to progress in their specialty courses. Topics covered include: function of a real variable, elementary functions, Taylor's expansion, simple integral and methods of integration, differential equations, multivariable functions, continuity, partial derivative, the chain rule, differential, introduction to double integrals, methods of integration, Matrix calculus, determinants, and linear systems.
PHY210General Physics
3 credits
The objective of this course is the introduction of various laws, principles and physical mechanisms, whose understanding is essential to students pursuing studies in various branches of science. This course consists of several independent parts. The first one deals with dynamics, the different types of motion, Newton's laws, and conservation of energy. The second part deals with hydrostatics and fluid dynamics. The third part deals with thermodynamics, calorimeters, the first principle and the basic transformations, the ideal gas, and thermodynamic cycles. The fourth part concerns the analysis of simple electrical circuits using Kirchhoff laws and the movement of a particle in an electromagnetic field. In the fifth part we talk about relativity, the theory of photons, and the photoelectric effect. Upon completion of this course the students will have acquired sufficient knowledge of several basic principles in physics and be familiar with these various topics.
History of Lebanon
3 credits
STA220Probability and Applied Statistics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT213 Or MAT215 Or MAT216 Or MAT218 Or NUT210 Or NTR210
This course prepares students for the practical use of probability and statistics in the biomedical field (agronomy, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, medicine, etc.). Topics covered are: elements of descriptive statistics, population, statistical unit, frequency distribution characteristic of central tendency and dispersion; concepts of probability and combinatorics, conditional probability and Bayes' formula, applications, discrete and continuous random variables, expectation and moments, weak law of large numbers, empirical frequencies and probabilities customary laws (Binomial, Multinomial, Poisson, Normal) and asymptotic behavior, the law of large numbers, sampling and estimation, introduction to the use of hypothesis tests, and the Chi­2 contingency table.
Religious Sciences
3 credits
1 credits
Common Core
INF304CS for Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology
3 credits
This course aims to familiarize students of chemistry, biochemistry and biology with the use of advanced software to provide models to illustrate their field of study. Topics include: advanced use of Excel and chemistry applications; tools for drawing molecules; processing molecules in 2D and 3D; introduction to cheminformatics, introduction to bioinformatics and molecular modeling; the structure of proteins (Protein Data Bank and pdb file); demonstration and use of PyMol; and sequence alignment using BioEdit.
INF216Introduction to Programming
3 credits
This course provides students with a practical method for resolving problems using the programming language Visual Basic. It covers: methods for problems analysis; an introduction to the Visual Basic language, basic concepts of the language, types, expressions, control structures (selection, repetition), one dimensional arrays, two dimensional arrays, strings, procedures and functions; and writing and executing programs.
BCH470Laboratory of Biochemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: BCH410 Or BCH415 Or BCH320 Or BCM320
Students learn how to prepare a buffer solution and how to determine its capacity and its pKa. They also learn to distinguish major biochemical molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins) by using specific qualitative tests for this purpose. Glucose in plasma, lipids, triglycerides, proteins in serum, and level of creatinine in urine are evaluated by using spectro­photo­colorimetric techniques.
PHY215Optics and Modern Physics
3 credits
The goal of the course is to introduce, first, geometric optics to study the phenomena of light and the behavior of the light beam passing from one medium to another. In the second part we will study the acoustic wave model to understand the propagation of vibrational waves and their overlays. In the last part, the course gives an introduction to basic concepts of relativity. This course is designed to educate students in the process of scientific discovery in general and the important role of experimentation in the development of scientific models of nature.
BCH320Structural Biochemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM317 Or CHM311 Or CHE311
This course is based on an understanding of the different biochemical processes taking place in the human body. It enables students to acquire a basic foundation in biochemistry so they are able to competently address all areas related to medical biochemistry. Structural biochemistry defines the structure of the various molecules of living matter such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, nucleotides and vitamins.
CHM425Analysis Techniques
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM222
This course is intended to provide a set of basic knowledge on a number of methods encountered in chemical and biochemical analyzes, qualitative and quantitative, in sectors as varied as the chemical industry, food processing, environmental science, pollution and medical science.
CHM222Chemistry of Solutions
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212
This course brings together the necessary knowledge to understand the reactions in solutions that are the fundamentals of many methods used both in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry or biology, as well as in pharmaceutical analysis. After a reminder of key points and generalities, the course develops four main components: acid­base equilibria, complexation equilibria, redox reactions and the formation reactions of poorly soluble compounds.
CHM426Food Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM311 Or CHM317
This course gives students information on various matter changes during conservation and technological treatments. It defines the main biochemical compositions of foodstuffs such as milk, meat, cereals, oils, etc. It also outlines the various toxic compounds naturally present in food as well as the range of additives.
CHM212General Chemistry
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to present a general outline on chemistry. Through this course chemistry is introduced in its various aspects: the structure of the atom, the various models, and the properties of the elements in the periodic table; various chemical bonds, the Lewis structure, VSEPR rules; thermochemistry, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium; kinetic chemistry, reactions rate orders, the Arrhenius law; solutions chemistry, acids and bases and various acid­base equilibrium; complexation, liquid solid equilibrium and solubility product; and redox titration and electrochemical cells.
CHM321Inorganic Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212
This course looks at: the different types of bonds in the solid (covalent, ionic, hydrogen, and van der Waals forces); crystallography structure and mesh patterns; the crystalline forms (cubic, hexagonal); crystal planes; Bravais lattice; stackings (degree of compactness, theoretical density); interstitial sites; ionic solids (some examples of the different types); structural defects (point defects, linear defects, interfacial defects); and solid characterization by XRD.
CHM438Internship and Conferences
1 credits
Students are required to undergo training in an institution where the work domain covers their field of study. After training, the students are required to write a detailed report regarding their work and defend it in an oral presentation.
CHM471Lab of Chromatography and Spectroscopy
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM370
This laboratory aims to introduce students to the different experimental techniques of quantification and characterization: the separation process and spectroscopic evaluation. All techniques deal with multidisciplinary skills for those with an interest in industrial chemistry, biochemistry and SVT.
CHM370Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM222 And CHM270
The purpose of this lab is to give students the opportunity to practice the knowledge they have learned in class. They will use the following techniques: titration of a polyacid, preparation and properties of buffer solutions, titration by indirect redox, complexometric assay, conductometric titration, study of solubility, color indicators, and determination of an equilibrium constant by the method of partition coefficients.
CHM270Laboratory of General Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212 Or CHM210 Or CHE210
The general chemistry laboratory aims to develop different skills for the practical application of theoretical knowledge of general chemistry. Techniques to be learned: preparation and dilution of solutions, experimental verification of the Nernst equation, realization of different types of acid­base and redox titration by volumetric, calorimetric, pH­metric or potentiometric monitoring, and the study of solubility and precipitation reactions and characterization of ions present in a given matrix. The goal of the lab course is to ensure that students are capable of understanding the chemical concepts and to carry out experiments safely and carefully in the laboratory, to obtain data accurately and to manipulate the data correctly.
CHM371Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (CHM311 Or CHM317) And CHM270
The objective of this practical work is to illustrate by experiment the concepts covered in the course of organic chemistry for students in chemistry and biochemistry and for medical students.
CHM420Macromolecules, Polymers and Materials
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of polymers and the very large world of plastics to students. The various methods of synthesis and the types of classification of the polymers and copolymers will be detailed. The course then looks at physicochemical properties (structural and geometric, mechanical, thermal, electrical) and various additives used in the manufacture of plastics (plasticizers, fillers, lubricants, stabilizers) will be presented. The kinetic and thermodynamic data of the various steps in the reactions of polymerization and copolymerization will be studied (anionic, cationic and radical). The composition and structure of the copolymers will be evaluated according to the reactivity ratios.
CHM317Organic Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212
Organic chemistry is an introduction to the structure, reactivity, and properties of organic compounds. This course is intended to introduce students to the major concepts in organic chemistry and prepare them for the upper level classes in chemistry and biochemistry they will take in the coming semesters and the organic chemistry requirements for medical schools. Topics to include: introduction and review of electronic structure and bonding in organic molecules; nomenclature of organic compounds; structure and properties of alkanes, cycloalkanes, and alkyl halides; stereoisomerism and chirality of organic compounds; and the structure, properties and reactivity of alkynes and alkenes.
CHM411Organic Chemistry II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM311 Or CHM317
This course covers: types of reactions (substitution, addition, elimination, radical, rearrangement); energetic diagrams (kinetic); mechanisms and reaction intermediates (SN1, SN2, E1, E2, etc.); reactivity and reactions: alkanes, alkenes (Markovnikov rule, Kharash, polymerisation), dienes (Diels­Alder), alkynes; reactivity of halogenated derives (SN2 and Walden inversion, SN1, effect of different parameters, E2 and rule of Saîtzef, E1); benzenic hydrocarbons: electrophilic substitution SE2 (Friedel Crafts alkylation, acylation, effect of the substituent, etc.); aldehydes and ketones (Canizzaro, Wittig, etc.); and organometalics.
CHM325Physical Chemistry I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212
The objectives of this course are to provide knowledge and mastery of the basic tools of thermodynamics necessary for learning chemical sciences to assess observable phenomena characteristic parameters and apply some basic principles to other aspects of chemistry. Topics: first principle and enthalpy; thermochemistry; second principle and entropy; Gibbs; bioenergetic aspects; and chemical equilibria. The different kinds of chemical reactions are also covered in this course, in order to establish the fundamental bases to calculate the reaction rates of a system. Students will be introduced to concepts of chemical kinetics and surface chemistry. They will explore chemical kinetics: reaction rate, order of reaction, simple reactions, complex reactions, and activation energy. The course also covers kinetic theory, and homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
CHM412Physical Chemistry II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM325
This course describes the aggregation states of matter: gas, liquid, solid. We introduce the thermodynamics of mixtures, physical transformations of pure substances, phase diagrams, thermodynamic criteria for equilibrium between phases, state equation, kinetic theory of gas, statistics distribution of Maxwell and Boltzmann, intermolecular collisions, effusion velocity, diffusion, viscosity, the vapor and sublimation pressure, surface tension, viscosity and solubility will be studied. Properties and interpretation of the conductivity of solids will be evaluated according to the chemical constitution of a solid. At the end of the course, students will present a research project on a selected topic in the field.
CHM422Process Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM311 Or CHM317
This course provides students with an overview of industrial chemistry and enables them to develop a process diagram and prepare to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their subsequent studies. We also define the different types of chemical reactors, the balance mass and energy, the operating parameters of the processes and their acquisition mode. Finally, an economic and environmental study related to the chemistry of the process will be followed. At the end of the course, students will present a research project on a selected topic in the field.
CHM340Spectroscopic Methods
3 credits
This course focuses on various spectroscopic methods. The goal is to introduce students to the theory and practice of various spectroscopic techniques used in chemistry and related sciences. The students will also learn the instrumentation and applications (UV­vis, IR, SAA, fluorescence, NMR and mass spectroscopy).
CHM330Theoretical Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212
The course material covers quantum theory for chemists and introduces the basic theoretical concepts of molecular orbital theory and spectroscopy. The successful students will develop a clear understanding of the origin of molecular orbitals in chemistry, how they are used to understand chemical bonding, and know how simple quantum model systems can be applied to understand spectroscopic data.
Faculty Electives
Faculty Electives
9 credits
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