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27 October 2023

Chemistry is the central science, dealing with the composition, structure, and behaviour of the atoms and molecules that make up all forms of matter.





Chemistry deals with the composition, structure, and behaviour of atoms and molecules that make up all forms of matter.

Understanding the world at an atomic level helps us see how things are interconnected and work together.


What will my study involve?

  • Apply your learning in the lab and research projects in diverse areas of chemistry — physical, biological, environmental, theoretical, and more.
  • Study Chemistry as a minor within many bachelor’s degree options to add a scientific background to your other subjects.



Chemistry major

For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:


CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry is also required if you have not taken chemistry to Year 13 level.



If you are intending to go onto postgraduate Chemistry studies you will need to complete at least one additional 300-level CHEM course.

Note that you are not able to complete a double major with Medicinal Chemistry.

If you are currently enrolled in the Chemistry major you can change to the Medicinal Chemistry major by taking CHEM246 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry and meeting the 300-level majoring requirements for Medicinal Chemistry.

Chemistry minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

There are new and exciting discoveries happening every day in the field of chemistry, and your studies will prepare you to address global challenges like energy, food supply, health, and environmental change.

Career pathways could include:

  • toxicology and forensics
  • product development
  • pharmaceuticals
  • food science.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Chemistry.

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