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Major Title Major in Chemistry (Intensive)
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2018-2019

The Intensive Major in Chemistry aims to provide students with a strong foundation on major areas of chemistry. The curriculum includes core courses covering topics in physical, inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry. The curriculum emphasizes comprehensive coverage in theoretical knowledge, laboratory skills, and research experience.  A wide selection of elective courses is also available for student preparation to pursue learning in specializations such as chemical biology, computation chemistry, and materials. Graduates of the Intensive Chemistry Major programme will be proficient in the principles and experimental skills of chemistry. The programme will also equip students with transferable skills in both theoretical and experimental investigations in sciences. Graduates are expected to be well-prepared for further studies in chemistry and related disciplines and to pursue professional careers in scientific and technical fields.

This intensive major has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

demonstrate an understanding across a wide range of topics in chemistry, from basic areas such as analytical, inorganic, organic & physical chemistry, to advanced topics related to current research in chemistry (by means of coursework, laboratory-based and/or research-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

demonstrate an in-depth understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical & practical problems (by means of coursework, laboratory-based and/or research-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

have developed an awareness & understanding of scientific and ethical issues where chemistry relates to other disciplines, and an appreciation of the impact of chemistry in the modern world (by means of coursework, laboratory-based and/or research-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 4 :

have substantially developed advanced experimental skills including chemical synthesis, analysis & operation of modern instrumentation, and data analysis skills with the ability to interpret experimental information & infer appropriate conclusions (by requiring of no less than 300 hours of laboratory classes in the curriculum)

PLO 5 :

demonstrate problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creativity & effective written & oral communication skills, and to co-operate with other people & participate as an effective team member (by means of coursework, laboratory-based learning, group project & presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

PLO 6 :

gain experience in working in the real-life industrial or research environment, and enhance their initiative, interpersonal skills, time management skills & project organization skills (by arrangement for chemistry research project of no less than 24 weeks, or student internship opportunities plus directed studies of no less than three weeks with chemistry-related companies or research laboratories)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry

Required courses (144 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (54 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses: Science Foundation Courses (12 credits)
SCNC1111 Scientific method and reasoning (6) (Note 1)
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of modern science (6) (Note 1)
Disciplinary Core Courses (36 credits)
CHEM1042 General chemistry I (6) (Note 1)
CHEM1043 General chemistry II (6) (Note 1)
CHEM2241 Analytical chemistry I (6) (Note 1)
CHEM2341 Inorganic chemistry I (6) (Note 1)
CHEM2441 Organic chemistry I (6) (Note 1)
CHEM2541 Introductory physical chemistry (6) (Note 1)
Disciplinary Electives (6 credits)
(Students are encouraged to meet with a Chemistry Course Selection Advisor in the course selection period to discuss which of the following courses they should take based on their previous background in Mathematics.)
CHEM1044 Mathematics in chemistry (6)
COMP1117 Computer programming (6)
MATH1011 University mathematics I (6)
MATH1013 University mathematics II (6)
STAT1601 Elementary statistical methods (6)
STAT1603 Introductory statistics (6)
2. Advanced level courses (78 credits)
Disciplinary Core Course (66 credits)
CHEM3143 Introduction to materials chemistry (6)
CHEM3241 Analytical chemistry II: chemical instrumentation (6) (Note 1)
CHEM3341 Inorganic chemistry II (6) (Note 1)
CHEM3441 Organic chemistry II (6) (Note 1)
CHEM3443 Organic chemistry laboratory (6) (Note 1)
CHEM3445 Integrated laboratory (6)
CHEM3541 Physical chemistry: Introduction to quantum chemistry (6) (Note 1)
CHEM3542 Physical chemistry: statistical thermodynamics and kinetics theory (6)
CHEM4142 Symmetry, group theory and applications (6)
CHEM4144 Advanced materials (6)
CHEM4241 Modern chemical instrumentation and applications (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
(Note that one of the two elective courses selected must contain a laboratory component. Courses marked with (lab) have a laboratory component. The list of electives given below may be subject to change.)
CHEM4143 Interfacial science and technology (6)
CHEM4145 Medicinal chemistry (6)
CHEM4147 Supramolecular chemistry (6)
CHEM4148 Frontiers in Modern Chemical Science (6)
CHEM4242 Analytical chemistry (6) (lab)
CHEM4341 Advanced inorganic chemistry (6)
CHEM4342 Organometallic chemistry (6) (lab)
CHEM4441 Advanced organic chemistry (6)
CHEM4443 Integrated organic synthesis (6) (lab)
CHEM4444 Chemical biology (6)
CHEM4542 Computational chemistry (6) (lab)
CHEM4543 Advanced physical chemistry (6)
CHEM4544 Electrochemical science and technology (6) (lab)
3. Capstone requirement (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
CHEM3999 Directed studies in chemistry (6)
CHEM4966 Chemistry internship (6)
CHEM4999 Chemistry project (12)

1. These are core courses in the regular Chemistry Major (96 credits) curriculum.

2. Students must have level 3 or above in HKDSE Chemistry or equivalent to take this major.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are advised to take CHEM1041 Foundations of chemistry.

3. As this curriculum is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), students must follow the curriculum in full (i.e. no replacement courses are possible) in order to graduate with this accredited programme. For students who have credit transfer from exchange studies, for example) a student took CHEM3A and CHEM3B in a host university during his/her exchange studies and these two courses have been approved by the Faculty of Science to be considered equivalent as CHEM3241 and CHEM3341, they will be considered taking those HKU-version courses and in the example shown here, the student is deemed to have taken CHEM3241 and CHEM3341 to fulfil the accredited curriculum.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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