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Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Chemistry) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    SCIENCE

  • DURATION

    3 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Chemical Science

  • COURSE TYPE

    Graduation

Updated On - June 13th 2019 By PRANJAL SINGHAL

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or B.Sc. Chemistry is an undergraduate course which introduces students to the fundamentals of chemical sciences. It is a 3-year course and is divided into 6 semesters. For distance program, the minimum duration is 3 years and the maximum duration is 6 years.

The basic eligibility for admission to the course is a 10+2 with science subjects including Chemistry.

Some of the top institutes offering this course are:

Admission to B.Sc. Chemistry to a majority of colleges in India is merit-based. However, a few universities like Banaras Hindu University and Jamia Millia Islamia University conduct an entrance test for admission to the program.

The average tuition fee in government aided college ranges from INR 10,000 to 20,000. For private institutions, the fee may be as high as INR 1.5 Lakhs.

On successful completion of the course, graduates can seek employment in various public and private sector organizations. Some of the job designations which are ideal are:

  • Clinical Researcher
  • Chemist
  • Technical Writer
  • Cytologist

The initial salary in these positions varies from INR 4-8 Lakhs per annum.

B.Sc. Chemistry: Course Highlights

Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelUndergraduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester system
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized educational board with Chemistry as the main subject
Admission ProcessMerit-based
Top Recruiting AreasPharmaceutical Companies, Chemical Laboratories, Clinical Laboratories, Educational Institutes, Health Care Industry, Cosmetics and Perfume Industry
Job ProfilesChemist, Pharma Assistant, Lab Assistant, Clinical Research Associate and others such. 
Course FeeINR 10,000-1,50,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 4-8 Lakhs per annum

B.Sc. Chemistry: What is it about?

This 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 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 (different from a pharmacist) or wish to join the chemical industry in the near future.

The course focuses on topics like atomic chemistry, organic chemistry, application of computer in chemistry, molecular modeling, polymer chemistry, green chemistry, IT skills for chemists, chemoinformatics, etc.

B.Sc. Chemistry: Top Institutes

Some of the top institutes offering this course across the country are listed below.

Name of InstituteCityAverage Annual Fees
St. Xavier’s CollegeMumbaiINR 6,700
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 20,000
Stella Maris CollegeChennaiINR 17,200
Mount Carmel CollegeBangaloreINR 42,000
Fergusson CollegePuneINR 3,000
Presidency CollegeChennaiINR 1,300
St. Joseph’s College DevagiriCalicutINR 3,000
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda CollegeChennaiINR 1,200
St. Xavier’s CollegeAhmedabadINR 10,000
Elphinstone CollegeMumbaiINR 5,700
Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 16,600
Ethiraj College for WomenChennaiINR 10,000

B.Sc. Chemistry: Eligibility

Interested aspirants for the course need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria: 

  • 10+2 completed from a recognized educational board.
  • Chemistry as one of the main subjects at 10+2 level.

B.Sc. Chemistry: Admission Process

Admission to B.Sc. Chemistry is generally merit-based. 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 the 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.

B.Sc. Chemistry: Lateral Entry

Candidates also have the option for a lateral entry admission to the course. Certain universities like Annamalai University allow students to take admission in the third year of the program. The candidates must have completed their first and second year of B.Sc. Chemistry from a UGC recognized university. However, the student should have studied a syllabus similar to that of Annamalai University to be eligible for lateral entry. 

B.Sc. Chemistry: Syllabus and Course Description

Apart from the courses in Chemistry, students also have to learn a minimum of two concurrent courses. Concurrent courses can be selected from language papers to inter-disciplinary papers. The course delivery methods in the program include classroom lectures, discussions, presentations, and industry visits. Lab practical comprise a major part of the curriculum and attendance in practical sessions is compulsory.

In B.Sc. Chemistry, practical exams hold equal importance as do the theoretical exams. In addition to the examinations held at the end of each semester, students are also assessed on certain parameters such as attendance, presentation, assignment and class participation for internal assessment marks. The final weightage for each of these parameters is given below:

ExaminationMarks Allotted
Theory100
Practical50

The syllabus for B.Sc. Chemistry at all universities in India follows a pattern set by UGC. An overview of the syllabus is given below:

B.Sc. Chemistry: Core Papers

Name of PaperTopicsDescription
Inorganic Chemistry
  • Atomic Structure
  • Periodicity of Elements
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • General Principles of Metallurgy
  • Chemistry of s and p Block Elements
  • Noble Gases
  • Inorganic Polymers
  • Transition Elements
  • Lanthanoids and Actinoids
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Catalysis by Organometallic Compounds
This paper focuses on Inorganic Chemistry. It covers all chemical compounds except Carbon-based organic compounds. This paper also includes various kinds of reaction which occur between two inorganic compounds.
Physical Chemistry
  • Gaseous State
  • Liquid State
  • Solid State
  • Ionic and Phase Equilibria
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Solutions and Colligative Properties
  • Conductance
  • Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Atoms and Molecules
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
This paper aims to impart knowledge about the application of theories in Physics to the study of Chemical substances and processes. 
Organic Chemistry
  • Stereochemistry
  • Chemistry of Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
  • Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Chemistry of Halogenated Hydrocarbons
  • Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives
  • Polynuclear Hydrocarbons
  • Heterocyclic Compounds
  • Alkaloids and Terpenes
  • Nucleic Acids, Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
  • Enzymes and Lipids
  • Concept of Energy in Biosystems
  • Organic Spectroscopy
  • Carbohydrates, Dyes, and Polymers
It is the branch of chemistry which aims to study carbon-based compounds, mainly hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons are found in almost every daily-use product and hence form an integral part of the curriculum.

B.Sc. Chemistry: Electives

Name of PaperTopicsDescription
Application of Computer in Chemistry
  • Basics
  • Roots of Equation
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Interpolation, Extrapolation and Curve Fitting
  • Conceptual Background of Molecular modelling
This paper discusses the application of computers in areas related t chemistry.
Analytical methods in Chemistry
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Aspects of Analysis
  • Optical Methods of Analysis
  • Thermal Methods of Analysis
  • Electroanalytical Methods
  • Separation Techniques
In this paper, students learn the different methods of analysis in Chemistry.
Molecular Modelling and Drug Design
  • Introduction to Molecular Modelling
  • Force Fields
  • Energy Minimization and Computer Simulation
  • Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Structure Prediction and Drug Design
This paper introduces to the arena of manipulating the structure of molecules and using the technique for Drug design.
Novel Inorganic Solids
  • Synthesis and Modification of Inorganic Solids
  • Inorganic Solids of Technological Importance
  • Nanomaterials
  • Introduction to engineering materials for mechanical construction
  • Composite Materials
  • Specialty Polymers
In this paper, students learn about the composition of Inorganic Solids which are of technological importance.
Polymer Chemistry
  • Introduction and History of Polymeric Industry
  • Functionality and its Importance
  • Kinetics of polymerization
  • Crystallization and crystallinity
  • Nature and Structure of Polymers
  • Determination of Molecular weight of Polymers
  • Glass Transition Temperature and determination of T(g)
  • Polymer Solution
  • Properties of Polymers
This course focuses specifically on the Polymers and their chemical composition.
Research Methodology for Chemistry
  • Literature Survey
  • Information Technology and Library Resources
  • Methods of Scientific Research and Writing Scientific Papers
  • Chemical Safety and Ethical handling of Chemicals
  • Data Analysis
  • Electronics
This paper is for students who aspire to pursue research based jobs or higher education in Chemical Sciences.
Green Chemistry
  • Introduction to Green Chemistry
  • Principles of Green Chemistry and Designing a Chemical Synthesis
  • Examples of Green Synthesis and some real world cases
  • Future Trends in Green Chemistry
Green Chemistry focuses on the development of sustainable and non-hazardous chemical substances.
Industrial Chemicals and Environment
  • Industrial Gases and Inorganic Chemicals
  • Industrial Metallurgy
  • Environment and its Segments
  • Energy & Environment
  • Biocatalysis
In this course, students learn about the chemicals utilized in various industries and their effect on the environment.
Inorganic Materials of Industrial Importance
  • Silicate Industries
  • Fertilizers
  • Surface Coating
  • Batteries
  • Alloys
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Explosives
This paper explores different Inorganic materials which have potential industrial usage.
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
  • Introduction to Spectroscopic methods of Analysis
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Separation Techniques
  • Elemental Analysis
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Electroanalytical Method
  • Radiochemical Method
  • X-Ray Analysis and electron spectroscopy
In this course, students learn about various instrument based methodologies for chemical analysis.
IT Skills for Chemists
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Programming
  • Introductory Writing Activities
  • Handling Numeric Data
  • Numeric Modelling
  • Statistical Analysis
It is an application based paper and informs students about IT skills which can be beneficial in the field of Chemistry.
Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • Introduction
  • Analysis of Soil
  • Analysis of Water
  • Analysis of Food Products
  • Chromatography
  • Ion-exchange
  • Analysis of Cosmetics
This course focuses on imparting basic analytical skills related to chemical substances.
Chemical Technology and Society
  • Chemical Technology
  • Society
This course explores the possible relation between Chemical Technology and Society.
Chemoinformatics
  • Introduction to Chemoinformatics
  • Representation of molecules and chemical reaction
  • Searching Chemical Structures
  • Applications
Chemoinformatics is the study of the application of computer and information technology to problems related to Chemistry.
Business Skill for Chemists
  • Business Basics
  • Chemistry in Industry
  • Making Money
  • Intellectual Property
This is a paper specific to business skills and knowledge for aspiring chemists.
Analytical Chemical Biochemistry
  • Basic understanding of the structures, properties and functions of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
  • Biochemistry of disease: A diagnostic approach by blood/ urine analysis
This paper focuses on the structural and functional analysis of Biochemical compounds.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
  • Fermentation
This paper delves into the science of Pharmaceuticals and its processes.

Some other electives are:

  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Cosmetics and Perfumes
  • Pesticide Chemistry
  • Green Methods in Chemistry
  • Intellectual Property Rights

B.Sc. Chemistry: Career Prospects

After successful completion of 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. 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. 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:

A Bachelor degree in Chemistry opens up job prospects in both the private and public sector. While the course aims at employment mostly in fields which require knowledge of chemical processes, this course’s reach is to other sectors as well in terms of employment.

In Public Sector, a B.Sc. graduate can apply for various government job vacancies which require a candidate to have a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible. There are job opportunities for B.Sc. Chemistry graduates in PSUs, Government departments, etc.

In Private sector, B.Sc. Chemistry graduates can find employment in the following sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Chemical Laboratories
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Educational Institutes
  • Health Care Industry
  • Cosmetics and Perfume Industry

Some of the top companies in Chemical, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical industry are:

  • SRF Limited
  • Reliance Industries Limited
  • Gujarat Fluorochemicals
  • Deepak Nitrite Limited
  • Gharda Chemicals
  • Cipla
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Biocon

The current salary trend for various job profiles in the pharmaceutical industry and its aligned fields are given in the graph below:

salary graph for B. Sc Chemistry

The course offers an opportunity to work in some interesting job profiles. Some of the job profiles are described below:

Job ProfileDescription
ChemistA Chemist’s primary job is to analyze how different chemicals react to each other and develop drugs, cosmetics and other daily use products.
Pharma AssistantA Pharma Assistant helps in administrative duties in a Pharmaceutical company.
Clinical Research AssociateA Clinical Research Associate is responsible for coordinating the collection, distribution and storage of data obtained during clinical research trials.
Lab AssistantLab Assistants are generally employed at clinics, pharmaceutical companies and education institutes’ laboratories. Their job is to assist in experiments conducted in laboratories.
Technical WriterA Technical Writer writes about topics which relate to technology and advancement in Chemistry.
ToxicologistA Toxicologist studies the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms.
Pharmaceutical Sales ExecutiveA Pharmaceutical Sales Executive is the point of contact between customers and a pharmaceutical company. They represent a company and generate awareness about drugs and medicines among potential consumers.

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