WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Physical and Mathematical Science
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Chemistry is a Physical Science that studies the structures, compositions, reactions and other properties of substances. Both Chemistry and Physics study matter and energy and their interactions, but while Physics focuses more on the nuclear part of the atom; Chemistry tends to focus on the properties of substances and their interactions, particularly reactions that involve electrons.

Chemistry is often referred to as the Central Science because it connects the Physical Sciences such as Physics with the Life Sciences & Applied Sciences such as Medicine and Engineering. Basic Chemistry investigates the properties, composition, and structure of matter as well as the laws that govern the combination of elements and reactions of substances. Applied Chemistry deals with developing new products and processes or improving existing ones.

Chemistry is an ever-expanding discipline. Led by research, it plays a major role in the discovery and development of new and improved drugs, fuels, plastics, detergents, and thousands of industrial and household products. Even though Chemistry has traditionally being applied in the sciences particularly medicine, engineering, agriculture and pharmacy, today it finds wide applicability in Business, Law and Manufacturing.

Whether it is forensics, plumbing or fire-fighting, Chemistry is being used to develop new and improved products and processes. Increasingly, expertise in one or several areas of Chemistry is recognised as essential for scientific research projects.

In pharmaceutical research for example, chemists may work with biologists to develop new drugs and with engineers to design ways to mass produce them. The use of computers and sophisticated laboratory instrumentation for modelling, simulation, and experimental analysis is also gaining wide acceptance in Chemistry

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the basic scientific principles that underpin Chemistry such as Analytical and Organic Chemistry.
• Develop proficiency in practical knowledge of laboratory techniques and practices through which chemical products are developed.
• Develop mastery in testing procedures as well as the ability to analyse components and physical properties of materials.
• Be able to analyse substances to determine their chemical and physical properties, such as their structure and composition.
• Be able to write technical reports with emphasis on detailed methodology and accurate and reliable findings.


LEVEL 200 



Code Title Credits
CHEM 213 Physical Chemistry  I 2
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry  I 2
CHEM 271 Analytical Chemistry  I 2
CHEM 203 Practical  I 1
Total   7



Code Title Credits
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry  II 2
CHEM 252 Inorganic Chemistry  I (s-block Elements) 2
CHEM 204 Practical  II 1
Total   5




Code Title Credits
CHEM 301 Mathematics for Chemists 2
CHEM 341 Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 3
CHEM 343 Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds 3
CHEM 355 Inorganic Chemistry (p-block Elements) 3
CHEM 311 Physical Practical 2
CHEM 351 Inorganic Practical 2
CHEM 301 Mathematics for Chemists 2
Total   15



Code Title Credits
CHEM 312 Thermodynamics  I 2
CHEM 344 Carbanions and their Reactions 2
CHEM 346 Molecular Rearrangement Reactions 2
CHEM 352 Coordination Chemistry 2
CHEM 374 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 332 Organic Practical 2
CHEM 372 Analytical Practical 2





Code Title Credits
CHEM 400 Project 3
CHEM 401 Thermodynamics  II 2
CHEM 403 Symmetry, Group Theory, and Applications 2
CHEM 405 Reaction Kinetics 2
CHEM 441 Chemistry of Natural Products 3
Total   12


ELECTIVES (Select 2 credits from each Group)

Group A
CHEM 439 Organometallic Chemistry 2
CHEM 471 Nuclear Chemistry 2
CHEM 473 X-ray Crystallography 2
Group B
CHEM 423 Polymer Chemistry and Technology 2
CHEM 491 Petroleum Chemistry and Technology 2
CHEM 493 Mineral Processing 2
CHEM 495 Pulp and Paper Chemistry and Technology 2




Code Title Credits
CHEM 400 Project 3
CHEM 402 Quantum Chemistry 2
CHEM 412 Surface Chemistry and Colloids 2
CHEM 454 Transition Metal Chemistry 3
CHEM 472 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis 3
Total   13

                   ELECTIVES (Select 2 credits from each Group)

Group A
CHEM 418 Photochemistry 2
CHEM 424 Molecular Spectroscopy 2
CHEM 452 Solid state Chemistry 2
CHEM 474 Elements of Forensic Chemistry  
Group B
CHEM 438 Medicinal Chemistry 2
CHEM 492 Industrial Chemistry 2
CHEM 494 Textile Chemistry and Technology 2
CHEM 496 Environmental Chemistry 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Elective Mathematics, with at least a B3 in Elective Mathematics

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics and a Science subject
Electives: Credit passes in Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics

International Baccalaureate:

Three (3) HL subjects comprising:
At least Grade 4 in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (SL) and at least C in a Science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for B.Sc Chemistry graduates are wide spanning Industry, Academia and MDAs. Graduates typically work in Quality Control, Chemical Analysis, Pollution Control, Environmental Monitoring, Teaching and Medical & Forensic Laboratories. Industries that usually employ chemists are:
• Agriculture
• Ceramics
• Cosmetics manufacturing
• Fertiliser manufacturing
• Food processing
• Metal products
• Mining
• Paint manufacturing
• Petroleum Exploration & Refining
• Plastic products
• Paper manufacturing
• Pharmaceuticals

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945


Richard B. Owoare, MSc, PhD(UK)

Abdul-Kadiri Brimah [MSc. Ph.D (Hamburg)]
Senior Lecturer

Augustine Kwame Donkor
Associate Professor

Collins Obuah (PhD)
Senior Lecturer

Cornelius Akpabli Kwame
Associate Professor

Derick Carboo [Diploma Chem. Dr rer Nat (Hamburg)]
Associate Professor (Contract)

Dorcas Osei-Safo [M.Phil Ph.D (Ghana)]
Associate Professor

Enock Dankyi [BSc. M.Phil (Ghana)]

J.J.E.K. Harrison [BSc. M.Phil (Ghana)]

Kwaku Kyeremeh [BSc. (Ghana) Ph.D (Aberdeen)]
Senior Lecturer

Louis Doamekpor (PhD)
Senior Lecturer/Head of Department

Louis Hamenu (PhD)

Mary Anti Chama [BSc. Ph.D (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer

Micheal Kojo Ainosoon (PhD)


Raphael Klake [Dip. Ed. BSc. (Cape Coast) M.Phil (Ghana) Ph.D New York ]
Senior Lecturer

Richard K. Amewu BSc(Ghana), MSc,PhD(Chemistry)(UK)
Senior Lecturer

Robert Kingsford-Adaboh
Associate Professor

Vincent K. Nartey [BSc.(Cape coast ) M.Sc.(Kumasi) Ph.D (Graz)]
Associate Professor

Relevant Contact

Louis Doamekpor
Head of Department
Collins Obuah
Senior Lecturer