The duration of the studies for a Bachelor's degree is three years. The number of study hours in the three expanded tracks is almost the same.
Structured Double Major in Chemistry/Biology – A new study program opened in the academic year 2016/17 aimed at allowing the student to specialize in more than one of the natural sciences. This combination provides a broad and substantial base for the advancement of innovative research in chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The program spans three years. The first year focuses on introductory courses required for studies in the sciences. The second and third year are dedicated to the expansion of knowledge in the subjects of pharmacology, organic and physical chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and other related areas. The courses take place in each parent department, with the participation of the other students of the department. In the course of the program, the students participate in various laboratory courses that prepare them for the ensuing studies. In the third year, the students are required to deliver a seminar in either chemistry or life sciences, according to their choice.With the conclusion of the elementary courses, at the end of the first year, the student may continue with the structured double-major bachelor degree, studying both chemistry and life sciences. Alternatively, the student may choose to pursue an expanded bachelor degree in just one of the two disciplines, according to their choice.The graduates of the program may pursue a Master’s degree in chemistry or life sciences, without requiring additional courses. Otherwise, they are qualified for entering the job market as chemists or biologists with a bachelor’s degree.
Chemistry-expanded – this program imparts extensive knowledge in all branches of Chemistry, as well as essential knowledge in Mathematics, Physics and Computers, during the first two years of studies. In the third year, the students participate in specialization courses of their choice in the following areas: Applied Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. This track fully prepares students for Master's degree studies and research studies, both in Theoretical Chemistry and Experimental Chemistry.
Medicinal Chemistry – the purpose of this course of study is to impart broad knowledge in all branches of Chemistry and special training in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Within this program, the students study, in addition to the various courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, specific courses related to Medicinal Chemistry, such as pharmacology, metabolism and the like.Graduates of this course of study will be able to continue studying for advanced degrees in Chemistry, to conduct research, to work in development and manufacturing within the pharmaceutical industry and to deal with various areas in which knowledge in Chemistry is required for solving biological problems.
Chemistry of Materials – the purpose of this course of study is to impart broad knowledge in all branches of Chemistry and special training in Chemistry of Materials. Within this program, the students study, in addition to the various courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, specific courses related to Chemistry of Materials, such as solid state, ceramic materials, metals, biomaterials and sensors, thin coatings and an advanced materials laboratory. Graduates of this course of study will be able to continue studying for advanced degrees in Chemistry, to conduct research, to work in development and manufacturing within the chemical industry in general, and in the materials industry in particular.
Chemistry-major – this program includes most of the courses of the expanded track in Chemistry, in parallel to courses within the framework of a minor study track in another department. This track trains students to conduct research in Chemistry. One can continue from this track on to Master's degree studies in Chemistry.
Biophysics-expanded – the Bachelor's degree program in Biophysics is offered by the Department with the aim of coping with the increasing and developing challenge of training scientists with interdisciplinary capabilities in the natural sciences, in view of the development of the biophysical applications in biotechnology, medicine, environmental studies and basic science. The program includes basic courses that enable the students to acquire knowledge and ways of thinking in three main disciplines in natural sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences. In the third year of study toward a Bachelor's degree, and in Master's degree studies, courses that are offered merge the acquired knowledge in the above three scientific fields to produce comprehensive knowledge and approaches in scientific thinking that are unique to the field of Biophysics. The Bachelor's degree study program is constructed with flexibility, allowing students a certain measure of free choice based on their preferences, especially in the third year. Those interested in expanding their knowledge in Physics, Chemistry or Life Sciences, may choose courses from among the elective courses, with emphasis placed on one of the above fields of science. Graduates of the study program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Biophysics and can continue studying toward advanced studies in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, the various Life Sciences, and a variety of possibilities within the framework of Natural Sciences (some of which require complementary studies and are subject to the admission requirements relating to Master's degree studies).