Major in Finnish: Kemia

Code: CHEM3023
Extent: 60 cr + 4-5 cr
Professor in charge: Kari Laasonen

The Chemistry major has a strong scientific basis in chemistry. It begins with molecular and quantum mechanical level description of matter and chemical reactions. The organic and inorganic study paths provide good knowledge on synthesizing and analyzing organic or inorganic materials. The physical chemistry study path focuses on electrochemistry and computational chemistry. In addition to the natural science basis, the major provides good knowledge in chemical engineering practices, especially when complementing the major's courses with chemical engineering courses. The emphasis is on educating engineers capable of acting as chemistry experts in various branches of the industry and capable of solving chemistry related problems, such as planning reaction procedures and analyzing materials in detail.

Learning outcomes

Core scientific and engineering knowledge:

  • Knowledge of organic and inorganic materials and chemical reaction mechanisms to synthesize these materials.
  • Knowledge of chemical equilibria and kinetics in various chemical reactions and knowledge of quantum mechanics related to the chemical bond and spectroscopy.

Depending on the study path the major will offer comprehensive knowledge in:

  • (organic chemistry) organic synthesis, asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry and structural analysis. To support synthesis, the module offers studies in computer aided methods for molecular design, synthesis design, and data analysis.
  • (inorganic and analytical chemistry) basics of materials chemistry: solid state chemistry phenomena and theories. Materials synthesis (polycrystalline, nanoparticles, single crystals, thin films), characterization techniques, and material functions (catalytic, conductive, magnetic, ferroelectric, thermoelectric, photonic). Modern analytical chemistry methods, especially miniaturized analytical systems.
  • (physical chemistry) pure and applied electrochemistry and computational chemistry. The pure electrochemistry study path will offer comprehensive knowledge of electrochemical processes and measurements. The applied electrochemistry path focuses mainly on fuel cells and light weight batteries. The computational chemistry path will focus on molecular modelling.

We strongly encourage the students to complement their studies with chemical engineering or physics courses. For example, combining organic chemistry and polymer engineering will be very useful when working with polymer based industrial problems. Additional studies in chemical engineering will broaden the understanding in industrial processes. Physics studies will help to better understand physical chemistry problems.

Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):

  • All graduates from the program have a broad expertise in designing complex chemical projects. They can analyze the progress of the process and its products.
  • The graduates can utilize new scientific knowledge in the chemical industry.
  • The graduate can act as a chemistry expert in multidisciplinary groups of experts in the chemical industry.
  • Graduates in organic chemistry can design organic synthesis for future technological solutions and analyze the synthesis products. Such skills are very useful in pharmaceutical, organic materials, and polymer industry.
  • Graduates in inorganic chemistry are experts in materials chemistry. They can design materials synthesis procedures and analyze synthesis products.
  • Graduates in physical chemistry can plan, perform and interpret electrochemical measurements. They can participate in development of electrochemical processes and devices, and they can perform complex molecular simulations.

Content and structure

For the major (60 cr + 4-5 cr) the students have to take:

  • 30 cr common studies for all students and 30 cr of specialisation studies that each student can select from a list of courses.
  • Common compulsory course (4-5 cr)
  • Minor recommendation: Chemical and Process Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Engineering


Figure 5. Structure of Chemistry major

Table 10. Common compulsory courses (4-5 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community 4-5 I-V / 1st


Table 11. Compulsory courses (30 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E4100 Laboratory Projects in Chemistry 10 I-II / 1st
CHEM-E4110 Quantum mechanics and Spectroscopy 5 I / 1st
CHEM-E4120 Quantitative Instrumental Analysis 5 I / 1st
CHEM-E4130 Chemistry of the Elements 5 II / 1st
CHEM-E4150 Reactivity in Organic Chemistry 5 II / 1st


Table 12. Specialisation courses (30 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
Analytical Chemistry:
CHEM-E4135 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 5 III / 1st
CHEM-E4165 Chemical Instrumentation and Electroanalytical Methods 5 IV-V / 1st
Organic Chemistry:
CHEM-E4195 Selectivity in Organic Synthesis 5 IV / 1st
CHEM-E4295 Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural Products 5 I / 2nd
CHEM-E4305 Organometallic Chemistry 5 II / 2nd
CHEM-E4315 Topics in Synthesis 5 III-IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E8100 Organic Structural Analysis 5 I / 2nd
CHEM-E8105 Enzymatic and Biomimetic Catalysis 5 IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E8130 Medicinal Chemistry 5 II / 2nd
Inorganic Chemistry:
CHEM-E4105 Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering 5 IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4155 Solid State Chemistry 5 IV-V / 1st
CHEM-E4205 Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization 5 I / 2nd
CHEM-E4215 Functional Inorganic Materials 5 II / 2nd
Physical and Computational Chemistry:
CHEM-E4115 Computational Chemistry I 5 III / 1st
CHEM-E4175 Fundamental Electrochemistry 4 III / 1st
CHEM-E4185 Electrochemical Kinetics 6 IV-V / 1st
CHEM-E4225 Computational Chemistry II 5 IV-V / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4235 Transport Processes at Electrodes and Membranes 5 I / 2nd
CHEM-E4255 Electrochemical Energy Conversion 5 II / 2nd
Common Courses:
CHEM-E4275 Research project in chemistry I 5 I, II, III, IV, V
CHEM-E4285 Research project in chemistry II 5 I, II, III, IV, V





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