Name of qualification

Bachelor of Science

ECTS Credits

Three years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.



Language of Instruction




Objectives and content


The goal of the Bachelor¿s programme in Chemistry is to give a thorough theoretical and practical introduction

to the main disciplines in chemistry, with regard to both the traditional topics in chemistry, and modern interdisciplinary use of chemical knowledge.


The study covers basic theories and methods in organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry. The practical part of chemistry is covered in laboratory courses that provide thorough training in synthesis, analysis and measurements of physical properties. Minor subjects in mathematics, physics and molecularbiology give broader knowledge, which is needed in order to evaluate problems in a larger chemical perspective, and to communicate chemical knowledge in different contexts.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate will have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • knows the basic chemical principles, concepts and theory
  • can describe characteristic properties and types of compounds of the elements based on their structure and placement in the periodic table
  • can describe the theories concerning the state of substances, and the structure of atoms and molecules based on basic quantum mechanics
  • can use chemical terminology and describe the basic types of reactions, classes of subsstances and their properties
  • can describe chemical equilibriums, simple reactions mechanisms and the most usual types of structures in organic and inorganic chemistry
  • is able to apply this knowledge to solve known quantitative and qualitative problems in chemistry
  • has a good general scientific understanding, and basic knowledge in physics, molecular biology, mathematics and informatics


The candidate

  • is able to handle chemical substances in a safe manner, based on their properties and the possible risk facotrs in play, and to perform a risk analysis for the use f certain chemical substances
  • can perform synthesis of organic and inorganic substances
  • can use common analytical techniques to identify and qualify organic and inorganic substances
  • can investigate and document chemical properties of a given system in a systematic and reproducible manner, and can interpret the results using relevant theory
  • can interpret evaluate and compare chemical information and data
  • can use data programming in solving basic problems in chemistry
  • is able to make good written and oral presentations of scientific toics and results

General knowledge

The candidate

  • can plan and carry out practical laboratory work and apply scientific instrumentation
  • can carry out and document experiments in accordance with scientific standards, as well as interpret the results form these
  • is able to assess quality of their own and other's work and can use common tools for quality assurance
  • is well informed on issues related to health, safety and environment (HSE) and can practice good routines in order to secure a safe work environment
  • can obtain reliable information and apply it to update and further develop their competence
  • can communicate about academic issues, both with experts in the field as well as with others
  • can apply their academic skills to solve problems both alone as well as in collaboration with others
  • can recognize and discuss ethical issues in their field and has respect for scientific values such as transparency and reliability
  • demonstrates an understanding of and respect for scientific values such as openess, percision and reliability

Admission Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification with Science (REALFA)

Recommended previous knowledge

The programme requires previous knowledge of Chemistry corresponding to Kjemi 1 and 2, as wwll as previous knowledge of Mathematics correspond to Mathematics R1

Introductory Courses

EXPHIL, MAT101 or MAT111

Compulsory units

These courses are compulsory:


The specialization in the study programme consists of the following courses:

KJEM110, KJEM120, KJEM130, KJEM124, KJEM210, KJEM250, KJEM291, KJEM299

Recommended electives

The following courses ar erecommended electives in the programme (in total 40 ECTS).

Student with deficient background in chemistry from high school are recommended to choose KJEM100 as elective course in 1. semester, before taking KJEM110. Other elective courses should be chosen with the planned master degree in mind if applicable.

This table presents elective courses recommended in the bachelordegree in relation to the different fields ofspecialization in master.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the coourses in the programme can be found under the heading specialization.

Study period abroad

The programme committee had made adaption for student who want to take parts of the study abroad.

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly [lectures, hands-on laboratory, workshops. You may find more information in the course description.

Assessment methods

The most common assessment methods are written and oral examination. The assessment methods for each course are described in the course description.

Grading scale

At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.

The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

Bachelor's degrees give admission to a master's programme within relevant discipline. To qualify for a master¿s programme at UiB the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C.


Students with a bachelor degree in chemistry are qualified for employment within a wide range of chemistry based disciplines. These including employment in both chemical and petroleum based industry, in the health sector as well as research and development, teaching positions, public supervisory body and management.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the


Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Chemistry, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic advicer for the programme if you have any questions: studierettleiar@kj.uib.no