Three-year program towards a bachelor degree in Chemistry
The Department offers a basic three-year program in Chemistry. It is designed to provide a strong background in all branches of Chemistry, as well as a solid foundation in the complementary fields of Physics, Mathematics and Biology. The program awards the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry.
Graduates can choose to either continue their studies and research at the graduate level, or to find employment in industries ranging over varied areas such as drug development, laboratory work in medical centers, polymers and materials development, the petrochemical and fertilizers industry, the high-tech industry, environmental monitoring, and many others. Alternatively, after acquiring their teaching certificates, graduates can turn to the education system as well.
The six semesters (three years) B.Sc. curriculum requires 124 credit points. The courses studied in the first two semesters provide strong foundations in mathematics, physics and computer science, as well as the basics of chemistry. The next semesters are used to broaden knowledge in the different branches of chemistry – physical and theoretical, organic, inorganic and analytical. In the last two semesters the students may deepen their studies according to their interests. They may choose their lecture curricula from a wide variety of electives courses given by members of the Department and visiting professors from abroad, and may also attend approved courses at other academic units of the Technion. The curriculum is also composed of basic and advanced laboratory work and offers participation in short research projects.
The lectures are conducted in Hebrew. However, English forms a compulsory part of the curriculum. Command of English is important since most of the literature in the field, including advanced textbooks and scientific publications, is written in this language.
To prepare our students to the constantly changing needs of modern industry, the Faculty of Chemistry also offers a wide variety of joint programs, based on curricula combining course-work in chemistry with courses in other subjects. Students can also pursue a dual degree program, leading to a joint degree from the Faculty of Chemistry and another Technion Faculties, such as Biology or Materials Science and Engineering. Other possible combinations include joint programs of Chemistry and Physics, Food Engineering, Biotechnology or Chemical Engineering.
Joint program in Molecular Biochemistry
In the last years we have witnessed enormous progress in the field of biotechnology both in research and in industry. This is due to the constantly growing interconnection between two large scientific branches – chemistry and biology. Almost all pharmaceutical companies and a majority of biotechnological companies seek to hire scientists with a deep background in these fields. The Molecular Biochemistry program is designed to provide students with the strong basis in chemistry required to deal with the challenges of the rapidly developing field of molecular biology. This three-year program is offered by the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology and addresses the need for understanding biological processes at the molecular level. The degree combines selected courses from biology and chemistry, and puts particular emphasis on the advancement of the field of biotechnology.
Graduates of this three-year program are awarded with a B.Sc. degree in “Molecular Biochemistry”.
Dual bachelor degree
These programs award the graduates with a bachelor degree in each of the two fields that they chose to study. Typically, four-and-a-half years are necessary to complete all requirements of these programs.
Chemistry and Materials Engineering
This program leads to a joint bachelor degree in Materials Engineering and in Chemistry. The degree qualifies students for research and development in high-tech industries, or for further studies towards a master degree or a PhD in this interdisciplinary field.
Students of this combined program can take a wide array of courses from the Faculty of Chemistry and from the Faculty of Materials Engineering. Completion of the degree takes an estimated four-and-a-half years.
In the first stage of the degree, emphasis is put on intensive studies of the basic subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry and computers). Towards the end of this stage, the student attends introductory courses from Materials Engineering, as well as courses in Chemistry. The second phase of the studies includes compulsory courses that provide the student with a scientific foundation in all professional fields of Chemistry and Materials Engineering.
In the final stage of the degree, the student specializes in one of the following main areas: electronic materials, polymers, metallurgy and ceramic materials. For this purpose, electives are chosen from a list of courses of both departments, and advanced projects are carried out by the student.
The program includes laboratories in which the student works, performs experiments and becomes acquainted with scientific phenomena and methods in a direct way.
Material engineers graduating from this joint program are well qualified for research and development in manufacturing industries, in all fields where a deep knowledge of chemistry is required.
Additional bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, in Biotechnology and Food Engineering, and in Physics
Under certain conditions, students in the Department of Chemistry also have the option of a joint four-year study program of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering towards an additional bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering. Graduates of this program, chemists with a deep understanding of the field of chemical engineering, are highly valued in the Israeli chemical industry.
A similar program exists in cooperation with the Faculty of Food Engineering and Biotechnology. The goal is to satisfy the demand of the food industry and of biotechnology-based high-tech industries for engineers with a solid background in chemistry, as well as for chemists with a solid background in the field of food engineering and biotechnology.
Students with a suitable background can also obtain a bachelor degree in physics in parallel to their bachelor studies in chemistry, which will qualify them for research in the electro optical and microelectronics industry. Attaining both degrees usually takes four years.
The direct M.Sc. track for exceptional students
The direct M.Sc. program allows especially bright students to engage in research during early stages of their undergraduate studies. The program’s goal is to enable these exceptional students to complete an M.Sc. degree (including a research thesis) only four and a half years after starting their undergraduate studies.
1. Excellent prospective students with a combined entry score of at least 90.
2. Excellent prospective students which do not have a psychometric exam score can join the program if they pass a personal interview with the faculty’s teaching committee.
3. Undergraduate students who have taken all the courses in the recommended program of one of the regular chemistry undergraduate tracks, with an average grade higher than 90, can apply to transfer into the program.
As part of the program, excellent students who meet the program criteria can apply for scholarships starting from the sixth semester to their studies.
Additional bachelor degree including a teacher certification
Bachelor students in the Faculty of Chemistry also have the option of obtaining an additional bachelor degree including a teacher certification in the Department of Education in Science and Technology. Specialization is offered in one of the following seven subjects: Instruction in Mathematics, Instruction in Physics, Instruction in Chemistry, Instruction in Biology, Instruction in Computer Science, Instruction in Technology-Mechanics, and Instruction in Electronics.
The Ministry of Education awards graduates of this degree with a teaching certification for middle and high schools in the respective subject. All regulations of the Technion for an additional bachelor degree apply to this study program as well. More details on how to obtain teacher certification can be obtained from the “Department of Education in Science and Technology”.