Majors, minors & specialisations

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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