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LM123 - Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry)

Course Details

Course Code: LM123 - Common Entry

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 413
Course Leader: Dr Achim Schmalenberger
Phone: 00 353 61 233775
Email: achim.schmalenberger@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

About You

Are you interested in Science? Would you like to understand how living things work, evolve and function at the molecular or cellular level? Are you interested in a career that can really make a practical contribution to helping address the challenges that presently face the world, for example, the discovery of new drugs to fight disease, inventing new materials for biomedical devices, developing greener systems to protect the quality of our environment? Do you want a challenging career and one tailored to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of employers?

Then this programme might suit you

Why study Biological and Chemical Sciences at UL?

Science requires a fundamental understanding of the key areas of biology and chemistry and the LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick offers prospective students an opportunity to develop a core competency in both scientific areas in their first year at University. Entrants joining UL through the LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences programme will subsequently have an opportunity to advance their studies in one of four specialised degree programmes, (normally 1st year in LM123 and subsequently years 2-4 in one of the programmes below),

B.Sc. in Industrial Biochemistry

B.Sc. in Environmental Science

B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

B.Sc. in Bioscience

Having selected LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences you will be requested to rank the degree programmes in order of your preference during Semester 2. In the event that a programme is over- subscribed, places will be allocated based on UL exam performance.

The B.Sc in Industrial Biochemistry focuses upon the study of living cells (or components of living cells) and the medical/industrial applications of such substances. It is designed to prepare you for a career in biotechnology and allied industries, and has a very strong employment record.

The B.Sc. in Environmental Sciencewill provide you with a strong scientific understanding of environmental issues at local, national and global level and will give you a full knowledge of technological and management methods available to help improve the quality of our environment.

In the B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry fundamental and applied aspects of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical chemistry and materials chemistry are covered as well as key chemical engineering topics. This degree programme qualifies you for employment in a variety of professional careers in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. The course is accredited by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with graduates eligible for RSC Chartered Chemist status.

With the B.Sc in Bioscience degree the emphasis is on cell biology and molecular medicine. Ireland is one of the leading international locations for the Life Science industry, which spans biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology. Biosciences is extremely important to Ireland’s economy and its future growth.

The degree would provide an excellent foundation for students considering application to graduate entry medical school or to a post-graduate career in Bioscience/Life Sciences area.

Underpinning the LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences programme are two very important student facilities. The first is access to the Science & Maths Learning Support Centres which offers all students an opportunity to further enhance their scientific and mathematical knowledge in the core scientific areas. Secondly, in all of the subsequent degree options outlined above, industrial work experience over an eight month period is provided through a relevant work placement as part of the Cooperative Education programme. There are many benefits to this programme for the student including the opportunity to apply academic knowledge to the work environment as well as developing many important skills including teamwork, problem- solving and communication skills. It also provides the student with very valuable work experience which increases their future graduate employment prospects.

What you will study

Students entering the programme will undertake specific modules in the areas of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. As the subsequent degree programme choices focus heavily on biology or chemistry (or a combination of both), the biology and chemistry subjects taken in LM123 are designed to facilitate students in developing a fundamental competency in these areas. In conjunction with these core scientific modules, there will also be an interesting set of modules designed to give students a clear understanding of the key areas and content of the subsequent degree programme options of industrial biochemistry, pharmaceutical & industrial chemistry, biosciences and environmental science.

Course Structure

Students entering the programme will undertake specific modules in the areas of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. As the subsequent degree programme choices focus heavily on biology or chemistry (or a combination of both), the biology and chemistry subjects taken in LM123 are designed to facilitate students in developing a fundamental competency in these areas. In conjunction with these core scientific modules, there will also be an interesting set of modules designed to give students a clear understanding of the key areas and content of the subsequent degree programme options of industrial biochemistry, pharmaceutical & industrial chemistry, biosciences and environmental science.

Year 1

Semester 1

Credits

 

Semester 2

Credits

 

CH4701

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1

6

BY4102

BIOLOGY FOR BIOSCIENCES

6

 
 

BY4001

BIOLOGY 1

6

CH4102

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

6

 

MA4601

SCIENCE MATHEMATICS 1

6

PH4142

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS

6

 

CH4021

LABORATORY CALCULATIONS

3

MA4602

SCIENCE MATHEMATICS 2

6

 

ER4011

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL & BIOSCIENCES

3

CH4031

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2 (INORGANIC)

3

 

CH4051

INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

3

CH4041

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2 (PHYSICAL)

3

 

CS4131

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATIONS

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and a Grade O6/ H7 in any one of the following: Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Physics with Chemistry, Technology, Design and Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing.

OR grade O3/H7 in Mathematics and grade H4 in one of the following: Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Career Prospects

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc course chosen by you, typical careers are:

B.Sc in Industrial Biochemistry

Biochemist, Teacher, Quality Assurance Manager, Scientific Researcher, Patent Agent

B.Sc. in Environmental Science

Environmental Officer, Environmental Laboratory Scientist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Auditor, Water Conservation Officer, Water Quality Scientist

B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Environmental Chemist, Chemical Process Engineering, Quality Assurance Manager.

B.Sc in Bioscience

Graduates of the programme will be well positioned to gain employment in Ireland’s rapidly growing high tech Life Science industry.

Student Profile

Alison Loughran
In school my favourite subject was maths, with chemistry and biology a close second. This course seemed to incorporate everything that I liked so I got in contact with the lecturer I had spoken with at the UL Open Day and met with him about the course. He really simplified what a chemical engineer does; ‘A chemist creates a recipe for something on lab scale, while a chemical engineer takes this recipe, and must make the same compound on large scale’.

The course itself is quite challenging but that was something that attracted me from the beginning. We cover some general areas like engineering maths, physics and chemistry while the more specialised topics include fluid mechanics and heat transfer, phase equilibria, mass transfer separations, pharmaceutical formulation etc. The final year then has an individual research project and a group design project.

Why not check out www.icheme.org and www.whynotchemeng.org and find out if chemical engineering is the career for you?

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