Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry with Second Major in Environmental Science

Single Degree with 2nd Major

An interdisciplinary programme combining an education in general Chemistry with its special applications to the Earth Sciences and Environmental Management.

This programme is run by the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in partnership with the Asian School of the Environment and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Humanity's impacts on the environment, from microplastic pollution in the oceans to the effects of global climate change, will be a defining theme of the 21st century. Trained chemists have a critical role to play in developing a better scientific understanding of the environmental changes occurring around us, as well as designing systems to detect, mitigate, and correct for these problems. This programme is an excellent stepping stone for those interested in contributing to these important scientific challenges.

Graduates of the programmes have exciting career prospects in environmental consultancies, regulatory agencies, the chemical industry, and more.

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
21 AU of required courses, and a choice of three additional Earth Sciences or Environmental Management courses.
30 AU
Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)
Can take BDEs offered by any School.
4 (9) AU
Total 146 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
CM4021 - Current Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 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
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

ES1001 - E2S2 Environment and Society 4 AU Year 1/ Sem 1
ES2003 - E2S2 Biosphere 4 AU Year 1/ Sem 2
ES3003 - Introduction to Geochemistry 4 AU Year 3/ Sem 1
ES8001 - Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Society 3 AU Year 2/ Sem 1
ES8005 - Environmental Earth Systems Science 3 AU Year 3/ Sem 1
ES8006 - Environmental Sustainability 3 AU Year 2/ Sem 2


Elective Second Major Courses

Choose 3 courses from the following list:

ES1007 - Climate Change 3 AU
ES3801 - Biogeochemistry 3 AU
EM9101 - Environmental Quality 3 AU
EM9104 - Air Quality Management 3 AU
EM9105 - Energy Resources Management 3 AU
EM9107 - Environmental Health and Safety Management 3 AU


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