Chemistry major: Bachelor of Science

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.

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Bachelor of Science: degree outline


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.

Year 1

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.

Core papers
775205 General Chemistry *
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment
775318 Plants and Animals *
775102 Biological Chemistry
775317 Ecology and Evolution *
775611 Biophysics *

Plus 1 elective at level 5 (or above).

Electives are:

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
776111 Biochemistry
777214 Environmental Chemistry *
777115 Natural Products *
776221 Physical Chemistry or 776217 Organic Chemistry 

Plus 3 electives at Level 6 (and above).

Year 3 papers
777211 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
777214 Environmental Chemistry
777416 Advanced Food Chemistry *
777115 Natural Products * or 777215 Advanced Organic Chemistry
or 776221 Physical 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 five papers marked * in Year 3.
2. Research Project 777003 is a two semester paper.
3. One mathematics paper is required in the major.

Optional Papers

You may wish to select paper 146611 Research Methods, 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.

Career opportunities

  • 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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Last updated: 26-May-2015 3.00pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.