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:
The initial salary in these positions varies from INR 4-8 Lakhs per annum.
Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester system|
|Eligibility||10+2 from a recognized educational board with Chemistry as the main subject|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Pharmaceutical Companies, Chemical Laboratories, Clinical Laboratories, Educational Institutes, Health Care Industry, Cosmetics and Perfume Industry|
|Job Profiles||Chemist, Pharma Assistant, Lab Assistant, Clinical Research Associate and others such.|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000-1,50,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4-8 Lakhs per annum|
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.
Some of the top institutes offering this course across the country are listed below.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Annual Fees|
|St. Xavier’s College||Mumbai||INR 6,700|
|Christ University||Bangalore||INR 20,000|
|Stella Maris College||Chennai||INR 17,200|
|Mount Carmel College||Bangalore||INR 42,000|
|Fergusson College||Pune||INR 3,000|
|Presidency College||Chennai||INR 1,300|
|St. Joseph’s College Devagiri||Calicut||INR 3,000|
|Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College||Chennai||INR 1,200|
|St. Xavier’s College||Ahmedabad||INR 10,000|
|Elphinstone College||Mumbai||INR 5,700|
|Hindu College||New Delhi||INR 16,600|
|Ethiraj College for Women||Chennai||INR 10,000|
Interested aspirants for the course need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria:
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.
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.
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:
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:
|Name of Paper||Topics||Description|
|Inorganic Chemistry||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||This paper aims to impart knowledge about the application of theories in Physics to the study of Chemical substances and processes.|
|Organic Chemistry||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.|
|Name of Paper||Topics||Description|
|Application of Computer in Chemistry||This paper discusses the application of computers in areas related t chemistry.|
|Analytical methods in Chemistry||In this paper, students learn the different methods of analysis in Chemistry.|
|Molecular Modelling 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||In this paper, students learn about the composition of Inorganic Solids which are of technological importance.|
|Polymer Chemistry||This course focuses specifically on the Polymers and their chemical composition.|
|Research Methodology for Chemistry||This paper is for students who aspire to pursue research based jobs or higher education in Chemical Sciences.|
|Green Chemistry||Green Chemistry focuses on the development of sustainable and non-hazardous chemical substances.|
|Industrial Chemicals and Environment||In this course, students learn about the chemicals utilized in various industries and their effect on the environment.|
|Inorganic Materials of Industrial Importance||This paper explores different Inorganic materials which have potential industrial usage.|
|Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis||In this course, students learn about various instrument based methodologies for chemical analysis.|
|IT Skills for Chemists||It is an application based paper and informs students about IT skills which can be beneficial in the field of Chemistry.|
|Basic Analytical Chemistry||This course focuses on imparting basic analytical skills related to chemical substances.|
|Chemical Technology and Society||This course explores the possible relation between Chemical Technology and Society.|
|Chemoinformatics||Chemoinformatics is the study of the application of computer and information technology to problems related to Chemistry.|
|Business Skill for Chemists||This is a paper specific to business skills and knowledge for aspiring chemists.|
|Analytical Chemical Biochemistry||This paper focuses on the structural and functional analysis of Biochemical compounds.|
|Pharmaceutical Chemistry||This paper delves into the science of Pharmaceuticals and its processes.|
Some other electives are:
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:
Some of the top companies in Chemical, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical industry are:
The current salary trend for various job profiles in the pharmaceutical industry and its aligned fields are given in the graph below:
The course offers an opportunity to work in some interesting job profiles. Some of the job profiles are described below:
|Chemist||A Chemist’s primary job is to analyze how different chemicals react to each other and develop drugs, cosmetics and other daily use products.|
|Pharma Assistant||A Pharma Assistant helps in administrative duties in a Pharmaceutical company.|
|Clinical Research Associate||A Clinical Research Associate is responsible for coordinating the collection, distribution and storage of data obtained during clinical research trials.|
|Lab Assistant||Lab Assistants are generally employed at clinics, pharmaceutical companies and education institutes’ laboratories. Their job is to assist in experiments conducted in laboratories.|
|Technical Writer||A Technical Writer writes about topics which relate to technology and advancement in Chemistry.|
|Toxicologist||A Toxicologist studies the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms.|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Executive||A 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.|