Department of Chemistry

The Chemistry Department is one of six departments that fall under the auspices of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The chemistry department offers the undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons), by distance education. Arrangements are made for students to complete the required laboratory work at the Unisa campus in Pretoria, or at an official location elsewhere.

The undergraduate BSc degree includes studies of the four major disciplines in chemistry; namely, Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry; over all years of the degree. At postgraduate level, BSc Hons, students also study industrial chemistry and quantum chemistry, as well as having the opportunity to study modules such as spectroscopy, chemical education, material science, polymers, platinum group metals, chromatographic analysis, and many more. The chemistry department also has facilities for further postgraduate degrees at the Master's and Doctorate levels in various research areas.

About us

The Department of Chemistry is committed to the promotion of scientific knowledge through excellence in research, distance teaching and learning in Chemistry by providing a congenial learning environment accesible to all students, without sexual, religious, nationality or racial bias. In particular, the Department of Chemistry, aims to: 

  • Recruit, utilise, develop and retain high quality, motivated and enthusiastic staff.
  • Design innovative curricula, distance teaching methods and academic development programs relevant to the needs of the students and beneficial to the community at large.
  • Develop fundamental and applied research programs which are internationally recognised, in collaboration with other organisations. engage in relevant community service.
  • Create transparent and participatory management structures for staff and students.

Contact us

Departmental Secretary: Mrs Mautjana Pulane
Tel: 011 429 9284/ 011 670 9327
Office: Chemistry Labs Eureka building, Unisa Science Campus