Chemistry (560) - Bachelor's Degree            
Chemistry, the science of materials, is a very broad scientific field which also includes studies of the structure and properties of materials and development of new materials for human use.

The Chemistry teaching program imparts to its students broad knowledge in all fields of chemistry and related fields, such as Mathematics, Physics, Programming, Biology and Nanotechnology, that are needed for a deep understanding of modern chemistry.

The Chemistry teaching program has a number of study tracks that train students both for integration in Israeli industry, including the high-tech industry, the chemistry industry and the pharamaceutical and biotechnological industry, and for continuing in advanced studies.

The courses deal with the bases of chemistry on the basis of fields that are now in the forefront of chemistry research worldwide. In addition to the main track (extended Chemistry) there are other tracks, such as a dual teaching program track in which students combine studies in the Chemistry teaching program with another teaching program of their choosing.

Students are offered courses in the various branches of Chemistry and a variety of modern laboratories where students will encounter advanced equipment.

The courses offered by the Chemistry teaching program are indicated by the prefix 69***.

Studies in the Chemistry teaching program entail work in laboratories with hazardous materials of various types. The University cannot guarantee a place in the teaching program for students who would not or could not do what is required of them when working in a laboratory.

To ensure the safety of students while working in the teaching laboratories, all students must take a course on safety in the laboratory (a computer-based course) at the beginning of each year. Taking and successfully passing the course are a precondition for working in a laboratory. The numbers of the courses are as follows:
·         Computer-based safety training for year 1 students: 76222
·         Computer-based safety training for year 2 students: 76223
·         Computer-based safety training for year 3 students: 76224

Many tasks in the framework of the teaching program depend on computer use, retrieving information on the Net and operating basic programs such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word. Students will also be directed to courses on the Internet according to recommendations by tutors and teachers. Students would do well to prepare themselves for working with a computer and being familiar with these programs.

Students must, in the framework of BSc studies, take a programming course with a scope of 3 credits. In the academic year 2016/2017 students are offered a new course, designed for Chemistry: Mathematical Programming with Matlab for Chemistry (3 credits). The course is offered to the students of the teaching program from year 2 only, in light of the mathematical background it requires which is studied in year 1.

Special programs:

“Etgar” program:
In order to bring outstanding students to the Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University and especially for advanced degrees, it was decided to create a program that will enable direct familiarization by the teaching program’s outstanding students with the research carried out at the Institute of Chemistry. The program aims to expose the outstanding students in Chemistry and the combined programs (Chemistry-Biology and the combined program Chemistry-Physics) to scientific research already during their Bachelor’s degree and to foster excellence as a basis for later study for advanced degrees.

The program enables direct familiarization by the teaching program’s outstanding students with the research carried out at the Institute of Chemistry. The program is designed for students who are interested in broadening and deepening their studies. The “Etgar” program combines specialized studies in small teams alongside joint studies with the rest of the teaching program’s students, and it encourages and fosters the students’ independent learning and research capabilities. In addition, the program enables integration into one of the research laboratories of the Institute of Chemistry, which includes independent research work with guidance by the researcher who administers the laboratory. The research work can serve as a basis for MSc studies and even for continuing studies in the direct PhD track.

Main advantages of the program:
1. Association with the program for outstanding students at the Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University.
2. Direct and unmediated familiarization with the best researchers in the program and their research and teams. This is an advantage for integrating in the teams and for later choosing supervisors.
3. To learn thinking and a research-oriented approach at an early stage which assists also in other studies and to identify what is important in the process of studying.
4. 16 credits in fascinating fields and directions that are close to students’ hearts.
Registration for the program is by advance identification on the basis of the candidates’ admissions attainments. When accepted to the program candidates will be instructed to register for the compulsory course as noted below: “Seminar in Chemistry – Honors Program” (69161) (3 credits).

See also information about the track: “Extended single teaching program Chemistry – Etgar” (track 5020).

Compulsory courses:
1.   “Seminar in Chemistry – Honors Program year 1” (69161) (3 credits)
2.   “Seminar in Chemistry – Honors Program year 2” (69327) (3 credits)
3.   “Guided Research Project” (69612) (10 credits)

Recommended optional course: Physical Chemistry Lab for the Physical Science Program (69330).

It is possible to exchange the course “Physical Chemistry Lab” (69313) with this course, which includes a project and its presentation. This laboratory is particularly recommended, and students are encouraged to select it.

Those interested should contact a graduate of the program who took this laboratory in the past – Omer Haggag 

Details of the program
Year 1 semester 1 – lectures by Institute researchers. Various lecturers from the Institute will lecture students once a week on the subjects being researched in their laboratories. The aim: to expose students in simple language to the researchers and their research fields.

Semester 2 – preparation for seminar lecture. During this time students will join researchers from the Institute who will service as mentors. The mentor will guide students in reading articles, orientation in scientific databases, and will prepare them toward giving a lecture at the end of the semester about a research field to which students were exposed through reading articles and discussing them. A concentrated lecture day will be held at the end of semester 2 where all students will lecture about a research subject to which they were exposed in the framework of the tutoring. During year 1 there will be tours of the research laboratories of the Institute of Chemistry, in order to expose students to everyday research work, and enable a more thorough familiarity with the various research teams.

Semester 1 year 2 – lectures by Institute researchers and finding a mentor for the Etgar project. Students are invited to join first-year students and hear additional lectures which they had not heard in the previous year.
In addition, all students must personally contact researchers in whose laboratories they wish to integrate, and find supervisors for the Etgar project. Supervision must be finalized and the head of the program notified by the beginning of semester 2.

Semester 2 – beginning of integration in a research laboratory. Students will integrate in the research laboratory of their supervisor, and will be exposed to the research and work methods of the team. In addition, they will start to collect background material that will prepare them for their independent research project. A concentrated lecture day will be held at the end of semester 2 where all students will present their future research program and the working methods they will be using. The research proposal will also be submitted in writing in a brief structured format.

In year 3 guided research will begin and throughout the year the research project will be carried out in the supervisor’s laboratory. The results of the project will be presented in two ways: A. Presentation of a scientific poster in the framework of the Faculty Day as is usual in scientific conferences. B. Seminar lecture that will be presented toward the end of semester 2 before the supervisor, head of the program and students of the program. At the end of the semester students will submit a written summarizing work in an article format. The final grade will be based on the written work, the seminar lecture and the supervisor’s evaluation of the laboratory work.

Further information may be obtained from the head of the program: Prof. Danny Porath, Dr. Meital Reches, deputy administrative coordinator Mrs. Anat Iosub .
Master’s courses in the faculty are given in Hebrew unless a foreign student who does not speak Hebrew is taking the course. In such a case the course will be given in English.

Department Officials

Year to year transition terms
As detailed in section 11 of the Teaching and Study Procedures on the website of the Faculty of Natural Science and below:

In the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science students’ passing from one year to the next will be approved in the following conditions:

1. Successfully passed a computer-based safety course by the end of year 1 (for students who are required to take this course).
2. Achieved a grade of 60 or above in each course.
2.1 Students who failed (or were not examined) in a compulsory course in the track to which they belong may pass to the next year provided that the grade average in the compulsory course is 60 or above.
2.2 Students who failed (or were not examined) in 2 compulsory courses in the track to which they belong may pass to the next year provided that the grade average in the compulsory course is 70 or above.
2.3 Students who failed (or were not examined) in 3 or more compulsory courses may not pass to the next year.
2.4 Students whose grade average is below 60 cannot continue study in the track in which they are registered.

Requirements for passing from one year to the next: minimum grade of 60 in every course. Minimum grade of 65 in compulsory courses.

It is not possible to improve the grade of a laboratory in which students achieved a pass grade (60 and above).


Compulsory in the teaching program
Compulsory Mathematics studies
Compulsory basic studies
* Compulsory year 1 studies
Years 2-3 studies

Compulsory elective

Elective in the teaching program

Total in the teaching program

Programming studies


Cornerstone Program

Additional teaching program

Library and security program

Total for the degree (minimum)
Chemistry- Expanded Single Major track
(track 5010)
12712 (כלול בחובה בחוג)521373 כלול בחובה בחוג8חובה145
Chemistry in Dual Major track
(track 5011)
9412 (כלול בחובה בחוג2-60-41003 כלול בחובה בחוג6חובה134 לפחות
Chemistry in single Major track
(track 5012)
9612 (כלול בחובה בחוג)2-62-61043 כלול בחובה בחוג32 לפחות8חובה144
Double Chemistry-Pharmacy degree
(track 5017)
11012 (כלול בחובה בחוג)525811110חובה
Chemistry Expanded Single Major – Etgar track
(track 5020)
137-14012 (כלול בחובה בחוג)2-51423 כלול בחובה בחוג8חובה 150
Minor in Chemistry
(track 5030)
chemistry section for biology students
(track 6036)
Earth Sciences and Chemistry specialization in Geoarcheology -dual track
(track 8008)
Environment and Chemistry- dual Major track
(track 8033)
8812 (כלול בחובה בחוג)4953 כלול בחובות החוג לכימיה648-49חובה149-150
לקראת מוסמך
Although there is no division of BSc studies into different streams, students should be aware that in MSc studies courses must be taken in accordance with the stream they selected. Some of these courses (as detailed in the MSc studies) are open to BSc students and may be taken already in the third year. Third-year students may take no more than two courses from the list of compulsory stream courses from a given stream of the MSc degree.

Note: Only one exam session is held in MSc courses.