Our Department

About Chemistry

Chemistry deals with matter and the laws that govern its changes.

Chemical research leads to new products ranging from drugs to multicolor displays. Chemistry contributes to biotechnology, molecular biology, pharmacy, environmental and material sciences, electronic devices, energy storage and energy conversion processes and therefore has a central place in modern science.

In contemporary society, with its ever-increasing demands for creative applications towards all branches of science and technology, chemistry responds to these challenges by offering  fascinating ideas generating and developing new areas, such as molecular electronics, self-arranging molecules, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, superconductors, exotic molecular structures, chaotic systems, lasers, photosynthesis, and new spectroscopic methods.

About Chemistry Department

Graduates from the Department of Chemistry continue their education with full scholarships at Bilkent University as well as in other renowned  global institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, University of California Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell, and ETH Zurich; while some of our graduates continue their research in important national and international companies such as Intel, Google, Schlumberger, Roketsan, Aselsan, TÜPRAŞ.

The department has currently 11 faculty members. It offers three different degree courses: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Masters of Science (MSc), PhD.

The chemistry undergraduate program admits 35 talented students each year. The Department of Chemistry assumes that all students will continue their education in Master and PhD programs.

Our goal is to train researchers according to international standards to become the chemists of the future. A strong background in physics and mathematics is the prerequisite to studying the structure of matter at the molecular level. Undergraduate students take fundamental physics and mathematics courses in their first two years and quantum physics in their third year. Computer use is an integral part of all undergraduate courses.

Beginning with the second year, students take Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. These courses utilize computers, modern laboratories and innovative educational techniques. A summer internship at the end of the third year assists students in gaining valuable industrial experience. Similarly, a senior project during both semesters of the fourth year prepares students for a research environment. Technical and/or non-technical electives are available for students beginning in the second year.

Our educational objectives are:

-To offer our graduates competitive and distinctive skills that will help them to continue their interdisciplinary studies in prestigious graduate programs and/or companies involved in chemistry-related areas.

-To help our graduates follow and adapt to the cutting-edge research, new technologies, and development in chemistry-relevant developments in an up-to-date manner.