Chemistry is a rapidly developing field in New Zealand, with new technologies emerging and being applied to a wide range of industries, stretching from pharmaceutical and minerals to cosmetics and agriculture. With this major, you will gain the skills and knowledge needed by employers.
Environmental chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry and analytical techniques are the main emphasis of chemistry at AUT, where we look at the application of chemistry to real world circumstances. You will acquire a broad understanding of the research and industry related fields involving chemistry in New Zealand and globally. In addition you also develop the essential practical laboratory skills needed to be successful in scientific employment.
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.
You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.
775205 General and Organic Chemistry *
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment
775318 Form and Function of Plants and Animals *
775102 Biological Chemistry *
775317 Ecology and Evolution *
775611 Biophysics *
Plus 1 elective at level 5 (or above).
715186 Differential and Integral Calculus 5
715189 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics 5
Years 2 and 3
You take papers from your major area(s) of study and undertake your research project.
Year 2 papers
776220 Analytical Chemistry of Food *
776111 Biochemistry *
777214 Advanced Environmental and Inorganic Chemistry
777115 Natural Products
776215 Physical Measurement
Plus 3 electives at Level 6 (and above).
Year 3 papers
777214 Advanced Environmental and Inorganic Chemistry or 777211 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
776411 Food Chemistry I *
777416 Food Chemistry II *
777115 Natural Products * or 777215 Advanced Organic Chemistry
or 776221 Inorganic, Physical and Environmental Chemistry
Plus 1 elective at Level 6 (and above).
1. To fulfil the Chemistry Science Major you must take all of the papers marked * in Years 1 and Year 2 and at least three out of 5 papers marked * in Year 3.
2. Research Project 777003 is a two semester paper.
3. One mathematics paper is required in the major.
You may wish to select paper 146611 Research Method, some mathematical papers, and/or nutrition papers to complement this major.
The School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of the Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full three years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation. For more information visit the scholarships website.
- Consultancy services
- Government research and monitoring
- Laboratory analysis and management
- Local councils: environmental, public health, and waste management and monitoring services
- Paint chemist
- Pollution control consultant
- Product developer
- Production manager
- Quality controller
- Secondary school teacher*
- Technical manager
- Technical sales
* Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
(one additional year of full time study and training in how to teach, subject to meeting entry and selection criteria).
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