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Understand the properties of elements and their bonds and predict what chemical reactions could occur.

During the course, students acquire a basic understanding of the fundamental scientific principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics with a focus on chemical processes and sequences, with lab practice playing a key role. The active involvement of our research groups in the teaching gives students the chance to learn about the interfaces between chemistry and biology, toxicology, pharmacy, environmental sciences and medical technology as part of their lab practicals and semester papers.

Using the knowledge they learn and in combination with their practical training, students gain the ability to independently identify suitable state-of-the-art sorting techniques and technologies, which in turn help them to determine and quantify the structures of complex mixtures of chemical and biological substances. Developing and reviewing analytical methods rounds off the wide-ranging field.

My studies at the School of Life Sciences were definitely a springboard for my career when I re-entered the world of work.

Benjamin Moser, Group Leader Compliance & Organisation API LPPS, Bachem AG

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Chemists with a BSc have particular skills in developing, applying and pilot testing chemical and biological syntheses as well as identifying and characterising bonds. New areas of application are opening up in the field of functional materials (bio-/nanotechnology). Graduates are familiar with the correct technical procedures for carrying out chemical reactions and biotransformations.


The Chemistry course is geared towards students with a proven interest in chemistry and in the structure of and interplay between individual molecules and elements.

FHNW School of Life Sciences

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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