A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

It is my pleasure to communicate this message about this excellent Department of Chemistry, at Busitema University.

The Department of Chemistry started in 2008 and is located at Nagongera Campus in the Faculty of Science and Education.

Currently, the department is housed in the science block which shared with the Department of physics with ambient space for laboratory. There is a proposal for constructing of more laboratory building in order to meet the needs of the increasing student numbers and academic staff expansion. We also expect AfDB funding to improve our infrastructure and laboratory equipment in the department.

There is one first degree programmes offered by the department which BSc. (Educ.). We are developing more programmes especially in applied sciences and diploma in laboratory technology. In addition, the department also serves students of DEP from the Department of Education.

The department is in process to introduce both MSc and PhD degree programmes. The MSc programme will constitute one year of lectures followed by end of semester examinations, and another year of research ended by submission of a thesis in any one of the branches of chemistry. The PhD programmewill be by research and thesis only.

Over the years, the Department has done a lot of chemical research, both in pure and applied chemistry. The results of many of these research endeavours have been published in international journals.

Why Chemistry? Chemistry is a very exciting branch of science. Broadly, chemistry is about knowing and investigating the structure and reactions of substances of matter. It is a central science bridging many aspects of other sciences, physical and biological, opening a door to many technological developments and maximizing the efficient use of earth’s finite resource.

Chemistry graduates have ranges of career opportunities than graduates of other degrees. They include;

1. chemical researchers at university, in government research institutes, and chemical industries

2. product and process development,

3. production control,

4. quality control, such as Environmental quality control, petroleum products quality control etc.

5. plant management in chemical industries.

6. teaching at secondary schools, universities, and other tertiary institutions.

7. sales and marketing representatives/managers of chemical and related industries.

8. By the nature of their training, which demands a lot of logic, our graduates have also found it easy to get jobs outside non-chemical related areas.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME (CHEMISTRY SUBJECT)

This curriculum is part of the Busitema University Bachelor of Science Education Degree programme with chemistry subject. The curriculum has been designed to produce competent secondary school chemistry teachers to fulfill the objectives specific to secondary education needs. This will reduce the problem of shortage of teachers of chemistry in the country. The curriculum is designed in such a way that graduates will not only be able to teach chemistry in the secondary schools, but also be competent enough to pursue further studies in any branch of chemistry when need arises. It exposes the graduates to hands-on experiences coupled with new modern technology to increase their competiveness and competency.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the programme of Bachelor of Science Education (Chemistry) is through three avenues, namely:

i) Direct Entry Scheme

For the direct entry scheme, a candidate must have obtained:
a) A Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with a good at least a C in Chemistry in addition to good principle passes in Biology, Mathematics, Physics or computer.
b) A Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent with at least a credit pass in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Agriculture and or computer.
c) Minimum weighted points set by the University Admission Board.

ii) Diploma Entry Scheme

For admission under this scheme, a candidate must have obtained:
a) At least a credit diploma (or second class upper diploma) in science based subjects with a bias in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology and or computer studies from a recognized institution.

iii) Mature entry Scheme

Admission to the programme of Bachelor of Science Education (chemistry) may be granted under the Mature Age Entry Scheme after two special Mature Age Entry Examinations in Aptitude and Specialized knowledge in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and or Computer studies. The applicant to be admitted under this scheme should be at least 25 years of age.


PROGRAMME DURATION

The Bachelor of Science Education (Chemistry) programme runs for a minimum of three (3) years consisting of six (6) semesters and two recess terms.


 COURSE SUMMARY

Department of Chemistry --------- List of staff

Mr. OWOR Richard Oriko
Assistant Lecturer & Ag. Head of Department
Mobile: +256-777-829508/704 277643
Email:roriko@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Mr. ANDIMA Moses
Teaching assistant
Mobile:+256-777-058371
Email: mandima@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Mr. KAMOGA Omar LwakoMuhamadi
Lecturer
Mobile: 0772649723
Email: okamoga@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Dr. TWINOMUHWEZI Hannington
Lecturer
Mobile: 0772639406 or 0702639406
Email: thannington@yahoo.com

Mr. MUSAGALA Peter
Assistant Lecturer
Mobile: 0779380334 / 0701860446
Email: pmusags@yahoo.com

Mr. EGOR Moses
Teaching Assistant
Mobile: 0774471402
Email: egor.moses@gmail.com

Mr. KIGOZI Moses
Chief Technician
Mobile: 0701349200 / 0772609744
Email: mkigozi@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Ms. NAKIJOBA Lydia
Technician I
Mobile: +256-752-823137 /+256-774-823137
Email: lydianakijoba@gmail.com


Contact:

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
NAGONGERA CAMPUS
BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY
P.O. BOX 236 TORORO (UGANDA)
Tel. (gen): +256-454-448071
Fax, (gen): +256-454-4365147
Email: hodchemistry@sci.busitema.ac.ug

Department of Chemistry

Research Projects

1. Characterization of antimalarial principles from plants used by traditional healers to treat malaria.
2. Extraction of pulp from waste grasses and tree leaves for paper industry.
3. Survey and Phytochemical analysis of Aloe species used in traditional medicine by communities in Eastern Uganda.
4. Analysis of fluorides in the phosphate rocks of Sukuru Complex.
5. Metal speciation in the phosphate rocks of Sukuru Complex