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Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry

Chemistry is linked to the evolution and development of humanity and is an essential element in the world of health, quality of life, the environment and security.

It goes without saying that chemistry plays a crucial role in meeting the challenges facing modern society by studying the composition, structure and properties of matter and the changes that occur in the chemical reactions and energy of matter.

Furthermore, chemistry seeks to research and create new useful products and to identify the processes by which they can be obtained, while chemical engineering investigates how products developed by the chemical industry can be made functional, efficient and profitable.

A chemist is someone who studies molecular and atomic components, reactions, chemical and physical properties and their components and seeks new ways of synthesising products and by-products

Description of qualification: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry

Approved by the Council of Ministers 12 November 2010 (BOE)
Publication of the curriculum in the  BOE (Spanish State Gazette)  11 August 2011
Branch Sciences
Minimum length 4 years
ECTS credits 240
Basic training 60
Compulsory 126
Optional 30
Internship 12
Bachelor’s thesis 12
Places 20
Timetable Morning and afternoon
Taugh at Faculty of Chemistry (Sescelades Campus in Tarragona)
Languages used English

Mentions

Mentions consist of 30 ECTS credits, 18 of which are compulsory and specific to the mention. The 12 remaining credits may be chosen freely from the other subjects offered by the mention.

Industrial and Applied Chemistry

This mention studies in detail aspects relating to industrial and/or applied chemistry, and completes the training of graduates in terms of professional aspects of the chemical industry such as business management, environmental analysis and control, and safety and hygiene at work, to mention a few examples.

Chemistry for Research and Development

This specialisation is oriented more towards professional careers in teaching and research to cater for the large number of chemists who choose this career path.

Subjects in the mentions of the Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

Recommended profile

New students must have a good knowledge of the qualification's basic subjects and in particular of the fundamental principles of chemistry, physics and mathematics. Students should also have a good written and spoken command of their native language and of the official languages of the URV, in addition to a basic command of a foreign language, preferably English, and IT skills.

Internships

The last year of the bachelor's degree aims to strengthen students' transversal competencies, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, team working skills and decision-making skills, among others. The internship subject allows students to develop these competencies and to gain experience of working in a professional environment related to chemistry. Furthermore, students are immersed in the dynamics of the company or institution and thus acquire inside knowledge of chemical companies, R+D centres, analysis laboratories or schools, to give just a few examples.

Objectives

The Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry has been designed to reflect developments in the scientific discipline, the knowledge required by society and the career opportunities available in the current employment market. The degree's general objectives are as follows:

  • To increase students' interest in learning about chemistry and to involve them in the stimulating and satisfactory experience of learning and studying.
  • To provide students with a solid and balanced foundation in chemistry and practical skills that enable them to evaluate applications of chemistry in different contexts.
  • To develop students' ability to apply chemical, theoretical and practical knowledge to solving problems in chemistry.
  • To provide students, through training in chemistry, with a range of valuable skills both within and outside the ambit of chemistry.
  • To provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to enable them to continue their studies in specialised areas of chemistry or interdisciplinary areas.
  • To foster students' ability to evaluate the importance of chemistry in industrial, economic, environmental and social settings.

Bachelor's thesis

In the bachelor's thesis, students have to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills and competencies associated with the qualification by writing, presenting and defending an extended piece of work. The thesis is evaluated on the basis of its content and structure (definition of objectives, introduction and/or justification, experimental section, analysis and discussion of results, conclusions and bibliography) and on the student's oral and written communication skills.

Competencies

To meet these objectives, the degree programme must ensure that the students acquire and develop the following competencies:

  • Understanding and applying the principal aspects of chemical terminology, nomenclature, terms, agreements and units.
  • Understanding the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry and how they relate to the various areas of this discipline, and having a thorough grounding in characterisation, reactivity and the main elements, organic compounds, biomolecules, properties, synthetic paths involved in chemistry.
  • Extracting quality chemical information regarding natural and artificial objects by using the standard processes of measurement applied in chemistry.
  • Evaluating the impact and importance of chemistry in all areas of life, such as industry, environment, pharmaceutics, health, agriculture and food production, etc.
  • Understanding the unitary operations used in the chemical and related industries.
  • Identifying macroscopic properties and individual atomic and molecular properties, including natural and synthetic macromolecules, polymers, colloids and other materials.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of fundamental facts, concepts, principles and theories in chemistry and applying them in a practical context.
  • Demonstrating the skills needed to identify and solve qualitative and quantitative problems with a strategic focus on laboratory work involving documented chemical procedures (synthesis and analysis), monitoring chemical properties, processes and changes, documenting all work carried out, managing risks, using standard chemistry equipment in an appropriate manner, making numerical calculations and interpreting experimental data with a particular emphasis on precision and accuracy.

Career opportunities

On completing this qualification, the graduate has the skills to analyse and control the composition, properties and natural or induced transformations of substances; to study the composition and structure of materials; to carry out processes in the chemical and energy industries; and to develop and monitor chemical processes in industry, pharmaceutics, recycling and waste management.

It provides the graduate with the skills to work in the public and private sectors and to teach in secondary and higher education and in professional training and to teach in technical schools and universities after completing the relevant master's degree and meeting any other specific requirements.

In the ambit of research it enables the graduate to work in universities, public and private research centres and in the R+D+I departments of companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, health and cosmetics sectors, among others.

This qualification provides the graduate with the skills to carry out professional activities in the following ambits:

  • Laboratories working in food production, the environment, industry, health, law, etc.
  • Control of industrial processes.
  • Quality control.
  • Production.
  • The environment.
  • Workplace risk prevention.
  • Marketing.
  • Public administration.
  • Secondary or higher education.
  • Commercial research and representation.
  • Technical consultancy.