FAQs for Chemistry Undergrads

This page covers frequently asked questions specific to the Chemistry and Biological Chemistry undergraduate programmes. For more questions about undergraduate study at SPMS, please refer to our Undergraduate Programmes FAQ.

What is the minimum admission requirement/cut off for NTU Chemistry?

In recent undergraduate programme intakes, the 10th percentile grade profile for students entering our programme was BBC/B for JC, and GPA 3.49 for poly students. However, the cut off grades vary with each intake. We encourage you to apply irrespective of your grade profile.

What will be the intake size for this year?

Each year's planned intake size is around 200, but the number may change depending on the quality of the applicants and other factors.

Do I need to have studied Biology to be admitted?

No. The aspects of biology needed for our coursework on chemical biology and biochemistry courses can be learned as you go.

What are the job prospects for a Chemistry graduate?

Our graduate are employed in a wide variety of fields, including in chemical companies, research institutes, governmental bodies such as Health Sciences Authority (HSA), and also academic institutions. A number of our graduates also pursue postgraduate (MSc and PhD) studies. Please visit our Career Prospects page for more information.

What is the Second Major in Food Science and Technology programme, and how do I apply?

This is a programme offered in collaboration with Wageningen University in the Netherlands, a world-leading institution in Food Science and Technology. Topics covered include food chemistry and microbiology, food process engineering, biomedical nanotechnology, and food safety analysis. The programme also includes a semester of overseas exchange in the Netherlands, and priority internship at leading local industrial partners.

Students are offered this program at the point of admission, or after their first year in the Chemistry and Biological Chemistry programme based on good grades.

What is the Second Major in Environmental Science programme, and how do I apply?

In this programme, chemistry students earn a Second Major in Environmental Science by taking courses on climate change, earth systems science, environmental sustainability, the biosphere, and other topics. Additional elective courses include air quality management, energy resources management, and environmental health and safety management.

The programme is run in partnership with the Asian School of the Environment and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It is designed to train chemistry majors in the fundamental principles of environmental science and environmental resource management. Graduates of this programme will meet the demand of environmental consultancies, regulatory agencies and the chemical industry for professionals who are well-versed in environmental chemistry and regulations.

Students are offered this program at the point of admission.

Are there opportunities to do research during the degree programme?

All our faculty members conduct research at the frontiers of chemical science, and we strongly encourage undergraduate students to get a taste of research during their time with us. During the Special Terms (i.e., the summer vacation period), our students have the opportunity to do research under the supervision of a faculty member. Selected students can participate in the university-wide Undergraduate REsearch on CAmpus (URECA) programme. Students can also elect to do a Final Year Project. These research experiences are valuable for those who intend to pursue advanced post-graduate studies in chemistry, or intend to work in chemistry-related Research and Development (R&D) jobs after graduation.