|Degree Code:||Degree Name:||BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY|
|Degree Description:||Click to View|
|Admission Requirements||View Details|
a) A candidate who wishes to register must have the minimum University general admissions requirements.
b) In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry must have any of the following:
(i) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent qualifications, with passes in at least three subjects in either of the following two alternatives (A or B),
(ii) Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), or equivalent qualification with at least two principal passes (of which one must be in chemistry)
(iii) Ordinary Diploma/Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualifications in the sciences with at least a pass
(iv) Science/Technical Diploma from Teachers Training Colleges or equivalent qualifications in the sciences
(v) A science/technology based degree or a non science based degree with a minimum of C+ in chemistry or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the University
c) candidates who may not have fulfilled conditions in (b) above may be considered for admission provided they present evidence of having undertaken and passed relevant bridging courses from an institution recognized by the University and MUST have scored at least grade C in the subject(s) for which bridging has been undertaken.
|Course Structure and Duration||View Details|
(i) The course shall be evaluated in terms of units; a course unit being defined as a series of 45 one- hour lecture equivalents. For this purpose one 1-hour lecture is equivalent to one 2-hour tutorial or one 3-hour practical or any combination of these that may be recommended by the School Board and approved by Senate.
(ii)Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree shall take a minimum of 44 units during the four years study.
Mode of study
Day programme: MONDAY- FRIDAY 8 AM -5 PM
Evening programme: This is tailored for those working during normal working hours. MONDAY- FRIDAY 5.30 PM - 8.30 PM; SATURDAY 8 AM - 5 PM
BSC CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINE YEAR ONE
BSC CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINE YEAR TWO
BSC CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINE YEAR THREE
BSC CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINE YEAR FOUR
|Examinations Regulations||View Details|
70 – 100% A
60 – 69% B
50 – 59% C
40 – 49% D
39% and below E
(ii) at least EIGHT units in the 3rd year of study shall, on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to proceed to the subsequent year of study.
Examiners and approval by Senate, be considered for award of a degree, subject to Regulation 1.5 (i)
SEVEN to NINE units in the 1st or 2nd year of study, or
(b) For units which a candidate sits supplementary examinations the marking shall be out of 100% but the continuous assessment marks shall not be considered. Any score exceeding 40% shall be indicated as 40%, whereas any score less than 40% shall be left as such.
(b) If the candidate passes FOUR to FIVE units in the 3rd or 4th year of study,
(c) For any other reasons,
Subject to the following conditions:
|Module II Fees||View Details|
Mode of Appication
Application fees can be obtained from the University of Nairobi, Main Campus, Gandhi Wing Room G3, upon payment of a non-refundable application fee of Ksh.3,000.
Application fees maybe directly deposited into the UNES, UON ACCOUNT, BARCLAYS BANK WESTLANDS BRANCH. Account Number: 03-073-1023948. Bankers cheques are accepted. Cash payments will not be accepted.
Note: Non-Kenyans pay 25% more on all charges.
|objectives of the course||View Details|
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a foundational course in chemistry that has material covering the traditional branches of chemistry namely organic, inorganic and physical. It also has courses from other branches of chemistry such as analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and industrial chemistry as well as other disciplines such as physics. It seeks to explain factors that cause reactions to occur, how they occur and their adverse and non-adverse effects on our well being. It prepares one to pursue postgraduate studies in any of these fundamental branches.
The students in the final two years, in addition to the traditional core chemistry courses designed for chemistry majors, will choose from specialist options in the field of analytical chemistry. They will also undertake a research project and/or dissertation in their final fourth year
Students who intend to specialize in chemistry will be expected to complete a total of 12 courses in each of the first two academic years. The first two years comprise Eight (8) core chemistry courses covering the traditional areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as a basic grounding in mathematics and computer skills (including use of the World Wide Web). In the final two years, they will take a minimum of ten courses in each year made up of core courses and requisite number of approved electives.
Students, who wish to study chemistry but do not intend to specialize in it, will be advised as to which units to take
|Level : 1|
|Semester: Non Specified|
|Course Code||Course Name||Course Hours|
|SCH 101||General And Inorganic Chemistry||45||View Description|
General And Inorganic Chemistry Description
Radiation: properties and applications. Electron configuration of atoms, quantum-numbers, orbital shapes, atomic structure and atomic spectra of hydrogen and hydrogen –like atoms, periodic table, covalent and ionic bonding, introduction to types of inorganic solids, symmetry and shapes of simple molecules. The molecular orbital theory: The valence bond and valence shell electron pair repulsion models. Hybridization of atomic orbitals. Demonstrations using computer models.
|SCH 102||Introduction To Organic Chemistry, Chemistry Of Alkanes And Cycloalkanes||45||View Description|
Introduction To Organic Chemistry, Chemistry Of Alkanes And Cycloalkanes Description
Pre-requisite: SCH 101- General and Inorganic chemistry
Carbon in the periodic table. Review of bonding in carbon compounds-atomic orbitals, molecular orbitals, covalent bond and hybridization. Intermolecular forces. Nomenclature, isomerism in alkanes, conformational isomers, occurrence, uses, reactions (Homolysis of bonds) and environmental impacts of alkanes. Cycloalkanes: nomenclature, and conformational analysis. Overview of organic reaction types (addition, substitution, elimination and rearrangement). Basic concepts of organic reaction mechanisms: Cleavage of bonds (Homolysis and heterolysis), bond polarity. Introduction to stereochemistry: Optical isomers (stereoisomerism and enantiomerism).
Practicals: Determination of melting and boiling points, functional group tests and illustration of functional group interconversion.
|SCH 103||General And Physical Chemistry||45||View Description|
General And Physical Chemistry Description
Gaseous state: Kinetic theory of gases, general equation of state, and gas laws. Specific heat capacity; determination of molar masses. Gas-liquid equilibrium, molarity, molality and colligative properties .Raoult's law and Henry's law. Chemical equilibrium: Equilibrium constant and solubility product principle. Acids, bases and their salts; indicators., pH scale; ionic product of water. Introduction to chemical kinetics .
Practicals: Physical properties of pure substances, titration of acids and bases, volumetric analysis, freezing point depression and elevation of the boiling point of water.
|SCI 104||Foundations Of Computer Science||45||View Description|
Foundations Of Computer Science Description
Introduction to Computers: Computer building blocks, computer hardware, input devices, storage devices, output devices, trends in computers development (Mainframe Computers - Minicomputers - Microcomputers (PCs). The structure and design of a computer: The hardware and interfaces. Overview of operating system structure. Device management, input-output management. process management, memory management, file management. Number systems, codes, arithmetic and logic operations: Computer number systems and computer codes, arithmetic operations and computer logic operations, introduction to binary number representation, positive and negative numbers, arithmetic operators and examples, one's-and two's-complement, binary subtraction, addition, multiplication, division, real numbers (floating point), overview of application software, computer networks, data security
|SCA 101||Safety Methods In The Laboratory||45||View Description|
Safety Methods In The Laboratory Description
Personal protection and laboratory protocol, safety equipment and facilities, storage and inventory management, labelling, Recommended laboratory practices: General equipment set-up, equipment use. Separations: Extractions and distillations. Fermentation. Temperature control: Oil and sand baths; cooking baths and cold traps; and reduced pressure operations. Pressure control. Guide to chemical hazards and toxicity: Characterization; labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS). Risk assessment and analysis: Solvents , acids, bases and other toxic materials. First aid. Peroxides: Storage, handling, detection, determination and disposal . Emergency procedures: Safety: training, safety rules for the chemical laboratory, preparation for medical emergencies, accident reporting, and evacuation. Fires: Fire drills, fire prevention etc., low temperature hazards, chemical spills, expiry and disposal of chemicals. Noise hazards.
|SMA 101||Basic Mathematics||45||View Description|
Basic Mathematics Description
Sets, Elementary logic, number systems, complex numbers, relations and functions, elementary functions and their graphs, permutations, combinations, trigonometry.
|SMA 103||Calculus I||45||View Description|
Calculus I Description
Limits and continuity of functions. Differentiation of functions of a single variable. Parametric and Implicit differentiation. Anti derivatives and applications to areas.
|SMA 104||Calculus Ii||45||View Description|
Calculus Ii Description
Applications of differentiation. Taylors theorem. Mean value theorems of differential calculus. Methods of integration. Applications of integration. Prerequisite: SMA 103
|SCI 101||Elements Of Physics I||45||View Description|
Elements Of Physics I Description
Mechanics: Scalars, vectors, review of basic calculus and geometry (3D), force, equations and laws of motion, moments and equilibria, momentum (Linear, Angular), conservation, collisions (elastics and inelastic), energy conservation, hydrodynamics (Bernauli Principle), continuity equation, elasticity.
Waves and Optics: Introduction to wave theory; derivation of the wave equation, superposition. Principle types of waves (pressure waves, Energy in progressive waves). Propagation of electromagnetic waves, Maxwell’s equation (electricity and magnetism I). Waves properties of light Huygen’s principle, polarization , diffraction, interference, Doppler effect. Light as a particle, photoelectric effect, matter waves, Bohr atom, Laser light.
|CCS 001||Communication Skills||45||View Description|
Communication Skills Description
The communication process; approach to the study of communication: Theories and models; reading skills and efficiency; information retrieval and library use; listening skills and lecture comprehensive strategies; writing skills: Direction words, paragraphs and punctuations; resumes, and reports. Oral presentation and public address; information dissemination techniques; evidence in argumentation; bibliography and referencing techniques; communication technology; visual literacy.
|CCS 009||Elements Of Economics||45||View Description|
Elements Of Economics Description
The subject of economics and its importance; introduction to supply and demand; concept of elasticity and its application; consumer behaviour; economics of production and the concept of diminishing marginal returns; discounting and compounding procedures; price and output under pure and imperfect competition; public goods and the role of government; welfare economics; project planning and evaluation and cost-benefit analysis; national income and product accounts; money, banking and public finance; international trade; economic growth, development and employment; international aid and national debt; basic accounting procedures and principles.
|CCS 010||Hiv And Aids||45||View Description|
Hiv And Aids Description
Introduction; Sex and sexuality; Communicable diseases; HIV and AIDS; epidemiology; prevention and control of HIV infection; management of HIV and related infections; legal and ethical issues in HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS as a national disaster; recent advances and challenges in HIV/AIDS
|SCH 203||Thermodynamics I And Thermochemistry||45||View Description|
Thermodynamics I And Thermochemistry Description
First law of thermodynamics: Work, heat and energy; compression and expansion; free expansion, expansion against pressure; reversible expansion, heat and heat capacity; enthalpy. Internal energy; constant volume process; constant pressure process; the temperature dependence of internal energy and enthalpy; Joule-Thomson effect; reversible and irreversible adiabatic expansion. Thermochemistry: Various reaction enthalpies; Hess's law; the relationship between enthalpy and internal energy; calorimetric measurement of enthalpy and internal energy. Bond and resonance energies, various enthalpies due to physical and chemical change, and ions in solution.
|Level : 2|
|Semester: Non Specified|
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|SCH 201||Chemistry Of The Main Block Elements||45||View Description|
Chemistry Of The Main Block Elements Description
Pre-requisite SCH 101
General trends of physical and chemical properties of Groups I – VIII along the periods and down the groups; chemical intuition for inorganic chemistry connecting chemical composition, structure and bonding with reactivity; the chemistry, properties and uses of selected inorganic compounds including boranes, silicones, silicates, sulphates, nitrates, phosphates. Chemistry of some compounds of Noble gases; ozone and freons in the atmosphere; role of inorganic chemistry in biology and the environment; practicals on main block elements emphasizing on trends, preparative and investigative methods.
|SCH 202||The Chemistry Of Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Ethers Alkenes, Alkynes And Aromatic Compounds||45||View Description|
The Chemistry Of Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Ethers Alkenes, Alkynes And Aromatic Compounds Description
Pre-requisite: SCH 102
Study of the structure, nomenclature, occurrence, synthesis and reactions of alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkenes and alkynes, bonding in isolated, cumulated and conjugated dienes. Stress on mechanisms; addition (Electrophilic), substitution (SN1 and SN2, solvent effects), elimination (E1 and E2). Aromatic compounds: Benzene structure and aromaticity. Nomenclature, occurrence, uses, preparations and reactions of aromatic compounds (Electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution). Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and fullerenes.
Practicals: Determination, classification and preparation of organic halides; chemical separation of mixtures, addition reactions and identification and synthesis of liquid benzoid.