Chemistry

As of 2017 first year Chemistry (Mainstream and ECP) will be presented on the Bellville Campus only.

The department offers the National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, BTech (Chemistry), MTech (Chemistry) and PhD (Chemistry). Diploma graduates are able to apply basic principles and techniques of chemical quantitative and qualitative analysis, quality control of raw materials and finished products, and research and development. Students benefit from the practical hands-on laboratory skills component with up-to-date equipment as well as direct exposure to the work situation.

Employment opportunities exist in research and development laboratories, industries such as detergent, petroleum, plastics, food, metals, pulp and paper and pharmaceuticals and educational institutions. Graduates are able to conduct routine tests on raw materials, products or environmental samples or prepare basic chemical compounds.

The department also offers Chemistry to the Food Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental and Occupational Studies, Conservation and Marine Sciences, Mathematics and Chemical Engineering departments.

Mission

The Department of Chemistry strives through quality education, scholarship and research, to produce graduates who are life-long learners, equipped with relevant up-to-date technical skills and vocational training ensuring that they are employable and able to respond to societal and technological needs.

Vision

To be the centre of excellence in producing graduates capable of applying cutting edge technology in chemical sciences to meet the needs of the African continent.