Diploma in Chemistry

(2 years – 62 credit hours)

The Diploma in Chemistry is a two-year study program designed to equip its holders with adequate theoretical knowledge of chemistry as a science and effective practical entry level of skills in the field of chemistry. The program focuses on pairing theoretical explanations with practical work in actual chemistry labs. In addition, it follows a modern liberal arts approach by exposing the students to a sound knowledge of general sciences, the arts, study of the Omani culture, mastery of general computing skills, and efficient usage of Arabic and English languages.

Although the Diploma holders may exit the university education with this degree, they will also have opportunities to continue their education to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry if they satisfy the requirements for admission to the B.S. in Mathematics program, then all the credits that are successfully completed in the Diploma program are transferable to the B.S. program.


Admission to the Diploma in Chemistry requires the students:

  • To have a General Secondary School Certificate or equivalent.
  • To take placement tests to determine their levels in Arabic, English, Mathematics and Information Technology skills.

To graduate with a Diploma in Chemistry, students must satisfactorily complete 63 credit hours of course work from the courses that are described in the Program of Study with an overall minimum average of 65 percent.

With the successful completion of the Diploma in Chemistry program, students should have shown evidence of learning in the following areas:


  • Understanding the underlying concepts and principles associated with chemistry, combining depth and breadth of study across current knowledge in the disciplines;
  • Acquiring appropriate methods of acquiring, interpreting and analyzing scientific data and information;
  • Demonstrating the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and safety;
  • Familiarity with the scientific terminology, classification systems, conventions and units appropriate to chemistry;
  • Carrying out debate using informed knowledge to evaluate different lines of evidence; and
  • Awareness of the limits of current scientific knowledge in chemistry; and
  • Awareness of the importance of cooperation, and team work in the scientific fields, and the nature of science.

Cognitive Skills

  • Using and applying knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to chosen areas in chemistry;
  • Applying scientific knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar situations and to plan and carry out project work;
  • Interpreting and synthesizing scientific data and information and commenting on particular aspects of current research;
  • Critically evaluating information from a range of sources and making sound judgments taking account scientific theories and concepts and the social context;
  • Using conceptual models to understand, develop, and apply scientific principles; and
  • Acquiring skills required conduct standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems.

General Competencies

  • Applying knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems;
  • Safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use;
  • Skillful monitoring, observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation;
  • Skillfully using standard chemical instrumentation such as those used for structural investigations and separation;
  • Interpreting data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their significance and the theory underlying them;
  • Conducting risk assessments concerning the use of chemical substances and laboratory procedures;
  • Generalizing scientific findings to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information;
  • Using up-to-date computerized technologies and other technologies whenever needed; and
  • Showing the ability of becoming independent life-long learners.

In addition to their ability to continue their education toward the B.S. in Chemistry, the holders of the Diploma in Chemistry shall be able to function as start-up chemistry lab assistants, lab technicians, and teacher assistants, in a commercial or educational setting.


University Requirements (27 Credit hrs.)

  • ARAB 101: Academic Writing in Arabic
  • CMPS 100B: Introduction to Technical Computing for the Sciences
  • ENGL 101: Basic Academic English I
  • ENGL 102: Basic Academic English II
  • ENGL 203: Advanced Academic English I
  • ENGL 204: Advanced Academic English II
  • MATH 199: Calculus I
  • SOCS 100: World Civilizations I
  • SOCS 102: Oman Society

College Requirements (3 Credit hrs.)

  • One in any other majors (Highly Recommended CMPS 110) (3 Cr. hrs.)

Program Requirements (32 Credit hrs.)

  • CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I
  • CHEM 130L: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 170: Chemical Principles II
  • CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 255: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 260: Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 265: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • MATH 200: Calculus II
  • MATH 205: Calculus III
  • PHYS 170: Fundamentals of Physics I
  • PHYS 170L: Introductory Physics Laboratory

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