Undergraduate

The Research School of Chemistry is responsible for offering undergraduate courses in chemistry at ANU. The School boasts state of the art facilities and instruments, as well as globally recognised Lecturers. Studying chemistry at ANU will prepare you for any field-related career development.

Degree programs

Students wishing to undertake undergraduate courses in chemistry at ANU typically do this through one of our degree programs.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), or PhB, is a four year degree which incorporate an Honours year component. It is an exciting research focused degree for intellectually ambitious students who want to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual supervision and support from an academic supervisor and has the opportunity to extend learning through hands on research.

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Bachelor of Science (Advanced)(Honours)

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), also a four year degree, offers direct entry into advanced science courses from day one. Students will select from a wide range of Honours pathway courses and, subject to maintaining academic standards, will be given Honours places in their fourth year of study.

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Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science is the most common degree taken by our undergraduate students. It is a flexible degree that provides a strong scientific base for students who want to gain further training on the job or study towards a higher degree in a specialised area. Students start their first year with a range of science subjects and can choose to specialise further in later years.

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Study options

A variety of study options, including a Chemistry Major, a double Chemistry Major, a Chemistry Minor and an Advanced Chemistry Specialisation, are available to meet your academic needs.

Chemistry Major

The Chemistry Major will provide students with a depth and breadth of understanding of chemical knowledge that is essential for anyone contemplating further study in chemistry or a career in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries. In combination with a major in biology it forms an ideal background for further study in biological or medicinal research.

The highly transferable lab-based skills in the manipulation of glassware, the safe handling and use of chemicals, the application of techniques and instrumentation, and experimental process will stand students in excellent stead in a variety of disciplinary contexts.

The Chemistry Major requires the completion of 48 units. A total of 24 units must come from compulsory courses, while the remaining 24 units can be chosen from a defined group of elective courses.

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Chemistry Minor

The Chemistry Minor will provide students with a basic understanding of chemical knowledge that is essential for anyone contemplating undertaking a career in the biological sciences, medicine, physical sciences or engineering.

The highly transferable lab-based skills in the manipulation of glassware, the safe handling and use of chemicals, the application of techniques and instrumentation, and experimental process will stand students in excellent stead in a variety of disciplinary contexts.

Chemistry Minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include a total of 12 units from compulsory courses and a total of 12 units from a defined group of elective courses.

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Advanced Chemistry Specialisation

Students who are taking the equivalent of a major in chemistry have the option of undertaking a specialisation in advanced chemistry. The specialisation in advanced chemistry builds a more sophisticated understanding of chemical concepts across the spectrum of the discipline and in particular fosters integration of theoretical and applied knowledge across interdisciplinary and sub disciplinary contexts.

Students are able to construct a pathway based on their evolving areas of interest, allowing for specialisation in several areas of chemistry including synthetic, biological, physical, material and theoretical.

Students undertaking this specialisation are expected to complete at least one independent research project as they consolidate professional skills and research capabilities in a real research lab environment. This is a particularly important consideration for students contemplating pursuing Honours in the discipline.

Advanced Chemistry Specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include a total of 6 units from the CHEM3060 compulsory course and a total of 18 units to be chosen from a defined group of elective courses

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How to apply

Current ANU students

Current ANU students who wish to transfer to another ANU program should use the Application for program transfer form, which includes details of the guidelines.

Domestic applicants

Domestic student application for undergraduate programs is through the University Admissions Centre. Check the Students gateway website for closing dates and application procedures.

International applicants

For international students who are completing any of the programs outlined below, application for undergraduate programs is through the University Admissions Centre.

  • Australian year 12 qualification anywhere in the world.
  • New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level three.
  • International Baccalaureate in Australia.

All other international students applying for a undergraduate programs should apply online.

Updated:  18 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSC/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSC