Message from the HOD
The Department of Applied Sciences is the first established in the Sultanate of Oman. The department has undergone tremendous changes in the past 26 years. Initially, it offered a diploma to School Laboratory Technicians who were taught basic Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. Though the School Laboratory Technicians’ Diploma is currently being offered, the department saw the need of keeping up to date with the vast technological knowledge and competencies of the world around us. For this reason, an additional Diploma was introduced and this was known as the “Omani National Diploma” (OND) in majors such as Chemistry and Biology. However, during the past 5 years, the department felt the need to set a more strategic direction in involving and linking with the private sector to develop courses to cater for the Omani industry. Based on this, the Science department became known as the “Department of Applied Sciences” entailing a whole new curriculum specializing in the “Application of Scientific Knowledge” which differs from fundamental sciences and provides students with an education based on the latest technological advancements.
Currently the Department of Applied Sciences not only offers a diploma in Applied Chemistry or Applied Biology, but it also offers up to a Bachelors degree of Technology in Applied Chemistry or Applied Biology. The two specializations are well established in laboratory techniques in order to provide students with highly advanced technical skills to solve the problems of the 21st Century. Staff members in the department are highly qualified and active in their respective fields.
The Department of Applied Sciences also has a large Physics section that caters for both Science and Engineering students. The Department of Applied Sciences is also geared towards opening two new specializations, namely Environmental Science and Biotechnology.
For the latest information about the outstanding qualifications offered by the “Department of Applied Sciences”, I invite you to browse through our web site.
DR. MOHAMED TALAT AL TARAWNEH
Acting Head of Department