Since the Department is integrated in the structure of the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, the Department has been oriented at issues related at environmental chemistry and feed chemistry - mainly silage - since its formation. Another important theme linked to agricultural production is the issue of content of health-relevant substances in food raw materials and selected food. The main lines of research include:
Our Department guarantees certain fields of study and provide teaching of subjects not only at the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, but also at other Faculties of the University of South Bohemia.
The Department of Applied Chemistry has a university-wide educational presence. In addition to the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, we teach for the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science. At all these Faculties, we provide the natural science foundation in profile disciplines of the individual Faculties. At the Faculty of Education, we guarantee two profile disciplines - Chemistry with a focus on education, and Teaching Chemistry for upper primary schools.
At the level of the highest forms of study, we guarantee the doctoral study programme Agricultural Chemistry and Biotechnology, which is directly related to the research focus of the scientific team, i.e. the research in health-relevant substances in food raw materials and environmental chemistry.
Students who follow a programme of study with a natural science orientation (Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, Faculty of Science, and partly the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) complete basic chemistry subjects at the Department of Applied Chemistry, in the breadth and depth as necessary for their further studies. Most often, these subjects include General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Students of the Faculty of Education take the whole array of chemistry subjects, composed in accordance with international standards. In this connection, our Department has incorporated the office of chemistry didactics into its structure.
Furthermore, our Department is a proud operator of its academic indie game studio Antonicus (www.antonicus.cz). There, pedagogy students can develop their teaching skills. However, students of all Faculties are welcome to find their potential in the studio. If you are artistic (e.g. if photography is your hobby) or literature-oriented, you can help us develop educational adventures. The Department also has supervisors for the doctoral study programme Didactics of Chemistry.
For the study of the natural-science foundations at the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, Faculty of Science, or the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, the relevant chemistry subjects must be completed mandatorily. In the case of study of a chemistry major taught for the Faculty of Education, study applicants must ask themselves whether they are strongly interested in natural sciences and have the aptitude for didactic work with the youth.
In the case of the doctoral study programme, the future student should reply with a “yes” to the following questions:
Within the doctoral study programme, doctoral students are required to complete professional internships at domestic and foreign institutions with a focus on issues of the given discipline. As regards pedagogy-based fields of study, professional training forms an integral part of studies.
Employment of graduates depends at all times on the choice of the student’s major discipline.
Regarding pedagogy-based disciplines, the question of employment is obvious; it should be noted that the prestige and valuation of teachers has recently gained in importance. In the field of Chemistry, there has been a long-term shortage of teachers, a fact that considerably increases the chances that graduates will find employment easily.
The Department’s research activities have already been briefly summarized in the introductory part. Needless to say, such activities are generally based on natural science disciplines taught at the Faculty of Agriculture adn Technology:
As regards foreign cooperation, thanks to its research projects (COST and others), the Department has extensive contacts with European and non-European institutions, where students undergo internships connected with the research topic addressed by them.
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