American University of Beirut

About The Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A BS degree in Chemistry provides you with a strong theoretical background as well as a good practical training that prepares you to go into industry, teaching, or continue your career as a professional chemist. The Department focuses on the four major branches of Chemistry, namely; 

  • ​Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry


Undergraduate students are welcome to be a part of faculty members’ research teams. By undertaking research opportunities, students are exposed to the benefits of applied chemistry, and can thus first-hand see how it is implemented in other fields. Students can join research teams as extra-curricular learning during their first two years, and are qualified upon their last year to earn credit hours through the Independent Study course (CHEM 299).

The Chemistry Department at AUB shares with other Science departments - Biology, Physics and Geology - and the schools of Engineering and Agriculture and Food Science an important core facility, namely the Central Research Science Lab (CRSL), which groups state-of-the-art instruments for use in teaching and research.

Social Activities

​Social activities are frequent and lively in the Chemistry Department due to the efforts of the "Chemistry Students Society." Junior, senior, and graduate Chemistry students are always the warm-welcoming hosts of the incoming sophomore students, and the whole group enjoys a cozy atmosphere of friendship, harmony and entertainment, yet side-by-side with studying motivation and perseverant work.​

Post Graduation

After graduation, a degree in Chemistry offers cross linking with other fields of science, engineering, medicine, and policy making. There are many options and industries that would appeal to Chemistry professionals. Some of our graduates, for example, work with geologists in the prediction of the location of oil basins. Others, on the other hand, are hired by energy companies to help develop solar prototypes, and energy efficient panels. Graduates with a Chemistry degree from AUB can also enter Engineering fields or work in environmental organizations and biomedical industries with pharmaceutical development.

Moreover, undergraduates with a B.Sc. in Chemistry can pursue higher education in Chemistry at AUB leading to the Master's (M.Sc.) degree. The Department has an ambitious graduate program and conducts research in all the above-mentioned areas. It used to have a Ph.D. program, which has been temporarily suspended (since 1978, when the last (11th) Ph.D. degree was granted). The Department has just completed a proposal for reinstating the Ph.D. Program.​


If the pre​medical track is selected, the Department prepares you for entering the Medical School at AUB, provided you take required Biology and Physics courses as your electives.​


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