Bachelor of Science or B.Sc. in Chemistry is an undergraduate course which introduces students to the fundamentals of chemical sciences. It is a 3 year course and is divided in 6 semesters.
B.Sc. chemistry is one of the oldest undergraduate science courses to be introduced in the Indian education system. It addresses the issue of generating, trained and skilled professionals specifically in the field of Chemistry. The basic eligibility for admission to the course is a 10+2 with science subjects including chemistry.
The average tuition fee for B.Sc. Chemistry in government aided college ranges from 10,000 INR to 20,000 INR for three years. For private institutions, the fee may be as high as 1.5 Lakh INR.
Once the course is over, a B.Sc. graduate can seek employment in various public and private sector organizations. Some of the job designations which are ideal for a B.Sc. Chemistry graduate are Clinical Researcher, Chemist, Technical Writer, Cytologist etc. The initial salary in these positions varies from 8,000 INR to 15,000 INR per month.
B.Sc. Chemistry is a specialized course for students who wish to learn the fundamentals of chemistry and various branches of chemical science. Having learned the basics of Chemistry in 10+2, students can expect to gain an in-depth knowledge of how chemicals and chemical processes work. This course prepares a student for challenges in the chemical industry.
This course also addresses the rabid changes going on in the chemical industry and provides students with enough insights to adapt to new developments and changes in the field of chemistry.
B.Sc. Chemistry is offered to undergraduate students with an aptitude for Chemistry. This course is apt for students who have an interest in exploring the mechanism of chemical processes and the fundamental nature of chemicals.
This course is also ideal for students who seek to work as chemists or wish to join chemical industry in near future. Since the course also focuses on the fundamentals of atomic chemistry, it is also a good for those seeking a future in this field.
The course is of three years duration, with two semesters in each year, making it a total of 6 semesters. For distance programs the minimum duration is 3 years and maximum duration is 6 years during which a student needs to fulfill the requirements of the course.
After B.Sc. Chemistry, a student can opt from many Post-graduate courses available in India. A natural progression for a B.Sc. Chemistry student is an M.Sc. in Chemistry which is available at universities the likes of University of Delhi and Christ University, Bangalore. Other options in the field of Chemistry include, M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry which is available at Fergusson College, Pune or an M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry available at Nizam College, Hyderabad. Some other options are:
B.Sc. Chemistry is available at many Science Colleges in India. Some of the top institutes for B.Sc. Chemistry from across the country are listed below:
Name of Institute
St. Stephen’s College
Madras Christian College
The Oxford College of Science
St. Xavier’s College
St. Xavier’s College
Scottish Church College
National Post Graduate College
Sacred Heart College
Jai Hind College
LalBahadurShastri PG College
Anugrah Narayan College
MP Deo Memorial Science College
The minimum eligibility for admission to B.Sc. Chemistry course is 10+2 in science stream (either PCB or PCM).
While most colleges require to have 60% marks in 10+2 there are others such as Ashutosh College, Kolkata which accept students with an aggregate 50% marks in 10+2 and 45% marks in Chemistry.
Admission to B.Sc. Chemistry to a majority of colleges in India is merit-based. However, a few universities Banaras Hindu University and JamiaMilliaIslamia University conduct an entrance test for admission to the program.
Colleges which follow merit-based admission process, generally release a cut off percentage for admission to the program. The admission forms are available in the month of May/June after the results for 10+2 are declared. Universities like University of Delhi release a central cut off list for affiliated colleges. Students who fulfill the cut-off criteria are then granted admission in the respective colleges.
The forms for entrance examinations are also available in the months of May and June and the exam is ideally conducted in the month of June. The entrance test is of 2-3 hours duration and contains objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. Students are assessed on the basis of their performance in the entrance test and marks scored in 10+2 examination.
Certain universities like Annamalai University allow students who have completed the first and second year of B.Sc. Chemistry from a UGC recognized university, to take admission in the third year of the program. However, there is a condition applied that students from such colleges which have a similar syllabi to that of Annamalai University only are eligible for lateral entry.