The world is made up of atoms and molecules. The way that the atoms and molecules are arranged and the way that they interact, determines the characteristics of all materials. Chemistry is the scientific discipline that studies the behavior of atoms and molecules, and endeavors to create new molecules by novel reactions. Modern Chemistry is an interdisciplinary field, which covers diversified areas. It is concerned with substances that occur naturally-the minerals of the earth, the gases of the atmosphere, the chemicals found in all living creatures as well as with new substances created by humans. It explores and characterizes old and new materials, sheds light on how our bodies work and helps monitor and alleviate environmental problems. It designs and produces new medicines and it shows the way in which, in the future, molecular-sized computers may be manufactured. Its activities provide an intellectual challenge that can benefit all of humanity.
Career Options and Job Opportunities
Graduates of the Chemistry Faculty are employed in a wide range of activities in research, industry and education. The chemical and related industries are major economic assets of the State of Israel and they contribute significantly to its total GNP and to its exports. In the laboratories of industrial plants, chemists work in diverse research and development positions as well as in product quality control. Many chemists take leading positions in high-tech industrial laboratories such as in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries. In the pharmaceutical companies, chemist develop new medicines and improve the synthesis of existing ones. In agriculture, chemists develop new fertilizers and pesticides, as well as new sources of irrigation water. Chemists work in environmental quality control laboratories as supervisors, locating and preventing health and environmental hazards. Chemistry graduates work in branches of the defense industry in a variety of positions and activities and in forensic laboratories of the police. Many of our graduates are employed in universities and other institutions of higher education, where they teach and conduct research in a broad scope of subjects. Students who graduate with a teaching certificate are entitled to teach in junior and high schools.
Main Study Program and Areas of Specialization
The main teaching track of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry is our three-year Chemistry program. In addition to core-subjects in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science, the program includes courses in all major fields of Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. During their final three semesters, students can choose topics of interest from a variety of advances courses. In addition to studies in classrooms, students devote significant time to laboratory work and gain practical experience in modern experimental methods. During their last year of study, students are encouraged to carry out research work in one of the research groups in the Faculty, and thus “get a taste” of modern scientific research.
The three-year Molecular Biochemistry program is administered jointly by the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biology, and is designed to provide students whit the strong basis in Chemistry required to deal whit the rapidly evolving field of biological and medical research at the molecular level. Graduates of this program receive a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biochemistry. Students completing this track can be found performing high level graduate research in labs in both the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biology.
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Material Science and engineering and Chemistry
An additional program is the 4.5 year joint Program between the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Materials Science & Engineering.
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The "Direct masters" program for excellent chmistry students.
This program is aimed to develop the research chemists of the future. Students accepted to the program will obtain both their first (BSc) and second (MSc) degrees within 4.5 years. It includes excellent fellowships and allows independent resarch projects from the second year of studies.
Supplementary Studies Toward Accreditation as a Medical Laboratory Technician
During the course of study toward a Bachelor degree in the Faculty it is possible to obtain accreditation by the Israeli Health Ministry as a medical laboratory technician.
Additional Undergraduate Degree
Students in the chemistry track are permitted, after learning at least 72 credits under certain conditions, add combined Chemistry-Chemical Engineering study track in order to earn an additional undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. This study program takes four-and-a-half years and provides chemists with a deep understanding of chemical engineering. This is excellent training for work in the chemical industry.
A similar program with Biotechnology and Food Engineering also exists. Chemists trained in this program have the necessary background to work in the biotechnology and food industries. Successful completion of this four-and-a-half-year program leads to a BSc degree in Chemistry and a BSc degree in Biotechnology and Food engineering.
Students with the appropriate background may take Chemistry, while at the same time also study for their undergraduate degree in Physics. Thus they train for work as researchers for the microelectronics and electro-optics industry. Earning the two degrees usually requires about four-and-a-half years.
Advanced Studies for MSc and PhD Degrees
Graduates who achieve high grades may continue on to Graduate School for MSc and PhD degrees in chemistry. Each of the graduate students carries out an original research program, chosen from among the various fields of research within the faculty (see below), under the supervision of one of the faculty members.
Fields of Research in the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry
The research fields in which academic staff and research students work in the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry are: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Photochemistry, Biorganic and Biological Chemistry. Within these general fields more specific topics are: Medicinal Chemistry, Enzymatic Mechanisms, Silicon Chemistry, Electroanalytical Methods, Photovoltaic Cells, Storage Batteries, Mass Spectrometry, X-ray Crystallography of Proteins and Small Molecules, Chemical Kinetics and Molecular Dynamics, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Spin Resonance in Solids and Liquids, Nonlinear Optics and Molecular Electro-Optics, Photophysics and Laser Spectrometry, Quantum Optics and Molecular Electro-Optics, Analytical Environmental Chemistry, Solid-State and Surface Chemistry, Molecular Beams, Molecular Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling.
Schulich Undergraduate Fellowships and Prizes
The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry awards tuition fellowships to students, and awards monetary prizes of excellence throughout the undergraduate studies.
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