Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

Single Degree

Programme Type


Undergraduate Admissions
A rigorous undergraduate programme providing broad exposure to multiple chemistry disiplines and training in modern laboratory techniques.

This programme is run by the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The curriculum meets American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines ensuring that our students are qualified to be professional chemists or to enter graduate school in the chemical sciences. The programme begins with the fundamentals of modern chemistry, including organic and biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and forensic science. Students go on to study advanced and industrially-relevant topics including organometallic chemistry, spectroscopy, green chemistry, and drug design. In each year of study, students have the opportunity to do a research project to hone their creativity and explore the latest in chemistry research.

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

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE)

Can take BDEs offered by any School.

27 (32) AU
Total 139 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 Year 3 Special Terms.

10 AU

Major Prescribed Electives

Course AU
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