Chemistry Graduates






The School of Chemical Sciences was established in 1969 and has produced quality graduates who possess experience and skills in line with the programmes offered. The School is staffed with experienced lecturers and equipped with modern instruments in both teaching and research laboratories. As such, the graduates can pursue careers in public agencies such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRI), Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and Jabatan Kimia Malaysia (JKM). Graduates can also work in scientific instrument companies such as Perkin Elmer. In addition, there are opportunities for graduates to serve as chemists and engineers in the electronics industry, such as Intel, Infineon, Osram and Silterra. Graduates can also venture into other fields or pursue postgraduate degrees at the School of Chemical Sciences.


 Alumni of the School of Chemical Sciences


All graduates of the School of Chemical Sciences are automatically members of the Chemistry Alumni. It is hoped that participation in activities organised by the Chemistry Alumni Association of the School of Chemical Sciences will foster better relationship and cooperation among members and the School for the benefits of all. It is hoped that nostalgia and love towards the alma mater can be brought back through the Chemistry Alumni.

  Awards and Dean’s Certificate                                 


(a) Royal Education Award by the Malaysian Rulers’ Council
For the best final year students in all fields.

(b) Tuanku Chancellor Gold Medal Award
For the best final year student in all fields.

(c) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Woman’s Association USM)
For the best female final year student in all fields.

(d) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Tun Dato’ Seri Dr. Lim Chong Eu)
For the best final year student in the Bachelor of Science.

(e) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd. - CCM)
For the best final year student in the field of Chemistry.

(f) USM Book Award (awarded by Hoechst Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.)
For the best final year student in the field of Industrial Chemistry.

(g) Dean’s Certificate will be awarded to any student in the School of Chemical Sciences who has achieved academic excellence. The certificate will be awarded every semester.

 Association of the School                                           


Students in the School of Chemical Sciences are encouraged to be actively involved  in extra-curricular and self-development activities. This is made possible through  Persatuan Sains Kimia which provides a platform for them to cultivate their interests in various fields.



 Students who are interested to pursue postgraduate studies can choose any of the following programmes:

 (a)           Full-time or part-time programme leading to degrees in Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy by research.

 (b)           Full-time or part-time mixed-mode programme (a combination of course work and research) leading to a Master of Science degree.

 Further information can be obtained from the Deputy Dean’s office (Postgraduate Studies and Research) or the Institute of Postgraduate Studies.




(i)           Structure of Study Programme


Course Component Credit Unit Requirement                                    B.Sc. (Hons)
Core (T) 70
Elective (E) or Minor (M) 32
University (U) 18
Total 120


 (ii)         Industrial Training

Students are encouraged to undergo the Industrial Training (KIE361/4)  after the 6th semester.

(iii)         Final Year Project

Students are encouraged to register for Chemistry Project (KUE409/6) in their final year of studies. This involves conducting research work for 2 semesters and submitting a Final Year Project Report.

Students who do not wish to register for the final year project may fulfill the       6 units requirement by registering other courses offered by the School.


(iv)         Assessment

                Course assessment will be based on:

  1. Examination
  2. Course Work

The assessment will cover the knowledge, applications, analytical and writing skills. Skills will be assessed through the course work in the form of assignments, quizzes, tests, presentations or laboratory report.