Department of Chemistry

Excellence Through Learning

The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest at Forman Christian College. Its rich tradition as a leading institution of the discipline is reflected by the eminent scholars of chemistry who served it. A special mention must be made of Prof Dr Carter Speers (1940-1951), Head of the Department and Professor of Technical Chemistry at the University of the Punjab; Dr R F Tebbe, an eminent Organic Chemist and learned scholar. He served the Department as Professor and later as Principal of the College for twelve years; and Prof Khairat M Ibne Rasa, an internationally known chemist, who was Professor of Organic Chemistry and Head of the Department.

Opportunities of professional careers for Chemistry Graduates are available in education, R&D organizations, Research, and a wide range of industries such as pharmaceutical, fertilizers, cement, leather, textile, paints and dyes, petroleum, sugar, soap and detergents, and many more.

The Department of Chemistry at FCCU currently offers BS (4-year), MPhil (2-year) and PhD (3-year) programs. It offers a wide range of courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry and other interdisciplinary areas.

Baccalaureate (Hons) in Chemistry

The main objective of the degree is to train students intellectually and professionally to work in a variety of capacities in their future life providing informed and skilled human resource for national and international needs. It offers a wide range of courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, applied, biochemistry, and other interdisciplinary areas. The teaching / research equipments available in the department include GC-MS, HPLC, CHNSO Analyser, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Flame Emission spectrophotometer, TGA-DSC, FT-IR spectrometer, Cyclic Voltammetry, 60 MHz Benchtop NMR (1H, 13C, DEPT, COSY), Magnetic Susceptibility Balance, Digital Polarimeter, Freeze Drier, Plate Reader and others.

The program prepares the students to demonstrate the ability to understand, analyze and address the real world problems, from academia to industry, using Chemistry; and provides them with plenty of opportunities to excel both in the diverse job market, and in future learning.

Learning Objectives:

A graduate in Chemistry from FCCU is expected to have, at the time of his/her graduation, the ability to:

Explain major concepts of chemistry
Think critically and be able to apply chemistry concepts to the real world
Describe the range of career possibilities with training in chemistry
Use library resources and technology efficiently to gather information and solve problems
Apply ethical principles in the domain of chemistry

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Roadmap for BS (Hons) Chemistry
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