Welcome to The School of Chemical Sciences



The School of Chemical Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia is one of the largest in Malaysia pursuing a diverse and vigorous chemistry programs both in teaching and research. The school occupies a four storey building which houses research and teaching facilities. An annex was recently added due to the expansion of analytical and industrial chemistry programs.

Since its establishment in June 1969, the school has undergone tremendous development. It now has a group of academic and technical staff well qualified to service the various programs currently being offered which is designed in accordance with the needs of the nation and industries.With an academic staff of more than 30 and over 50 supporting staff, the School has been entrusted to provide professional training in chemistry to meet the demands of the industries and society.

The programme is designed not only to produce graduates with a solid knowledge of Chemistry but also to equip them with attributes so that they can adapt readily to a dynamic and rapidly developing working environment. The academic programme [Bachelor of Science with Honours, B.Sc. (Hons) and Bachelor of Applied Science B.App.Sc.(Hons)] from the School of Chemical Sciences, USM is planned to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, highly skilled and well-mannered and possess excellent work ethics suited for the requirements of the industrial and public sector.

In line with this aspiration, the School of Chemical Sciences has designed courses in such a manner that they can be modified and adjusted from time to time to suit the requirement of an unpredictable future. The School follows a system of studies which is liberal and multi-disciplinary in nature.

              PROGRAMMES OFFERED                  

The School offers two undergraduate programmes leading to:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with Honours degree
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.App.Sc.) with Honours degree, majoring either in
    Industrial or Analytical Chemistry.

These programmes which are recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (Institut Kimia Malaysia) also include 8 weeks of industrial training with industrial partners, commercial and research laboratories. Students are also encouraged to register for the final year research project (which covers 2 semesters) during their final year.The postgraduate programmes offered, either by research mode leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. or mixed-mode M.Sc. (Chemical Instrumentation), have managed to attract fellow Malaysian and many foreign nationals.



The School has given priority in creating a healthy research environment with a total of over 200 postgraduate students engaging in various areas of research including natural products, organic synthesis, nanoscience, electrochemistry, liquid crystals, organometallics, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry and chemical education. Many of our academic staff have been well endowed with research grants and funding from government bodies and industries to support these research activities.