Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry with Second Major in Business (International Trading)

Single Degree with 2nd Major

Programme Type


Undergraduate Admissions

An interdisciplinary programme combining chemistry knowledge with the skills needed for management, business, and international trading.

This unique programme is run by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) in partnership with the Nanyang Business School (NBS) and the Center of Excellence in International Trading (CEIT).

Singapore is the seventh largest exporter of chemicals in the world, and the chemical industry contributes almost one-third of Singapore total manufacturing output each year. There is strong demand for local chemistry graduates who are also equipped with industry-relevant business knowledge.

This unique degree programme provides graduates with a solid training in the principles and methods of chemistry, along with important skills and knowledge in management, business, and international trading. Our graduates are uniquely positioned for executive roles in the chemical industry in Singapore and around the world.

Students in this programme will take courses at NBS such as Accounting, Management, Marketing, Business Operations and Processes, Commodity Markets, Commodity Trading, Enterprise Risk Management, and International Tax and Trading Law. They will also participate in overseas programs organized by CEIT to learn about how the chemical industry operates globally.

Minimum Subject Requirements

Qualification Minimum Subject Requirements
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level H2 Level pass in Chemistry and Mathematics/Physics.
Polytechnic Diploma Relevant diploma. Click here for more information.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Pass in Chemistry and Mathematics/Physics at Higher Level.
NUS High School Diploma Major CAP of 2.0 in Chemistry and Mathematics/Physics.
Others (including international applicants) A good grade in Chemistry and Mathematics/Physics at the senior high school level, equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level or International Baccalaureate.

This is a full-time four-year Bachelor of Science programme.

Programme Overview

Course Type AU
Core Courses 63 AU
Prescribed Electives
Usually taken in Year 4.
22 (12) AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Common Core 17 AU
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core: Foundational Core 10 (15) AU
Second Major Courses 31 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)
Can take BDEs offered by any School.
4 (9) AU
Total 147 AU


  • This curriculum applies to students matriculating in 2021.
    Click here for the curricula for other matriculation years.
  • AU figures in brackets (x) indicate the number of AU if the semester long internship is selected.
  • Must read either Honours Project 1 (CM4080) or Professional Internship (CM4081).
  • A grade of A- or better in the Final Year Project is required to be eligible for Honours (Highest Distinction).

The following curriculum applies to students matriculating in 2021.
Click here for the curricula for other matriculation years.

Core Courses

Year 1
CM1021 - Basic Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory 4 AU Sem 1
CM1031 - Basic Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 4 AU Sem 1
MH1802 - Calculus for the Sciences 4 AU Sem 1
HW0001 - Introduction to Academic Communication
(For students who have not passed or been exempted from the Qualifying English Test)
0 AU Sem 1
CM1041 - Basic Physical Chemistry with Laboratory 4 AU Sem 2
CM1051 - Basic Biological Chemistry 3 AU Sem 2
MH1804 - Mathematics for Chemistry 2 AU Sem 2
PH1801 - Foundations of Physics I 3 AU Sem 2
Year 2
CM2011 - Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 3 AU Sem 1
CM2021 - Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry 3 AU Sem 1
CM2061 - Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 1 3 AU Sem 1
PS0001 - Introduction to Computational Thinking 3 AU Sem 1
CM2031 - Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry 3 AU Sem 2
CM2041 - Physical and Biophysical Chemistry 1 3 AU Sem 2
CM2062 - Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 2 3 AU Sem 2
PS0002 - Introduction to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence 3 AU Sem 2
Year 3
CM3011 - Chemical Spectroscopy and Applications 3 AU Sem 1
CM3041 - Physical and Biophysical Chemistry 2 3 AU Sem 1
CM3062 - Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 4 3 AU Sem 1
CM3021 - Organometallic Chemistry 3 AU Sem 2
CM3031 - Organic Reaction Mechanisms and Synthesis 3 AU Sem 2
CM3061 - Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 3 3 AU Sem 2
Year 4

CM4080 Honours Project 1 or CM4081 Professional Internship

Students who have opted for CM4080 Honours Project 1 are not required to take CM4081 Professional Internship and must take CM4082 Professional Attachment during Special Terms

10 AU

Major Prescribed Electives

CM4011 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 AU
CM4012 - Structural Determination 3 AU
CM4013 - Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry 3 AU
CM4014 - Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3 AU
CM4016 - Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3 AU
CM4017 - Biomedical Imaging and Sensing 3 AU
CM4031 - Asymmetric Synthesis 3 AU
CM4032 - Current Topics in Synthetic Organic Chemistry 3 AU
CM4041 - Quantum Chemistry & Statistical Thermodynamics 3 AU
CM4042 - Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics 3 AU
CM4021 - Current Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 3 AU
CM4051 - Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry 3 AU
CM4043 - Molecular Modelling : Principles and Applications 3 AU
CM4033 - Metal Mediated Reactions 3 AU

Second Major Courses

Required Second Major Courses

AB1201 - Financial Management 3 AU Year 1 Sem 2
AB1501 - Marketing 3 AU Year 1 Sem 1
AD1102 - Financial Accounting 3 AU Year 1 Sem 2
AD2102 - Management Accounting 3 AU Year 2 Sem 2
BE1402 - Business Operations & Process 3 AU Year 1 Sem 1
BF2216 - Trade Incoterms & Ship Chartering 4 AU Year 3 Sem 2
BF2218 - Commodity Markets 4 AU Year 2 Sem 2
BF2302 - International Tax & Trading Law 2 AU Year 3 Sem 1
BF3212 - Trade, Structured & Supply Chain Finance 2 AU Year 4 Sem 1
BF3213 - Enterprise Risk Management in Commodity Markets 2 AU Year 4 Sem 1
BF3214 - Commodities Trading 2 AU Year 2 Sem 1


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