Department of Chemistry

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The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry has been planned for students preparing for professional work in Chemistry and other related fields and who plan to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry. Students are required to take one or more lecture and laboratory courses in all of the core areas (Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry). The curriculum of the BSc in Chemistry program is aligned with the guidelines set forth by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The program is structured to be in compliance with the first cycle of the “Bologna process”, adopted by the Republic of Kazakhstan, where students are required to spend between 1500-1800 hour workload per academic year. Furthermore, students will have unique opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research projects allowing them to gain experience in teamwork aimed at solving challenging problems. Apart from teaching essential lab skills, research-based learning will prepare students for graduate programs and/or employment in industry or academia by developing critical thinking, independence in planning and conducting experiments, and analyzing experimental data.


Common core curriculum requirements
(78 ECTS credits)
  • Research Methods
  • Programming for Scientist and Engineers or any CSCI 100-level course
  • Physics I for Scientists and Engineers with Laboratory
  • Calculus I
  • History of Kazakhstan
  • Two courses in Kazakh language, Literature, and Culture
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • 200-level writing course
  • Ethics or equivalent
  • Business fundaments and entrepreneurship
  • Any additional courses prefixed by SOC, ANT, or ECON (6 ECTS)
Additional Math Requirements
(14 ECTS credits)
  • Calculus II
  • Introduction to Differential Equations
Core Chemistry courses
(96 ECTS credits)
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry I
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Directed Research I and II
Chemistry Electives
(24 ECTS credits)
  • Structural Spectroscopy
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Introduction to Cheminformatics and Computer-aided drug design
  • Biochemistry II
  • Applied Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Nanochemistry
  • Surfactants and Colloids
Technical Electives
(18 ECTS credits)
  • Any SEDS, ECON, SMG, MATH, PHYS, or BIOL courses (at least one technical elective course must be at 300-level or above)
(12 ECTS credits)
  • Any courses offered at NU at 100-level and above

For students who want to minor in Chemistry

For non-Chemistry major students intending to declare a minor in Chemistry are required to complete the following minor-required courses worth 48 ECTS:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I or Biochemistry I

For the sample curriculum schedule for students entering AY 2020-2021 and beyond, please click this link.

For more inquiries regarding the B.Sc. in Chemistry Program, please contact Dr. Timur Atabaev, the Bachelor's program director.

In the case of general inquiries, contact Prof. Vesselin Paunov, the department chair.

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