Chemistry major: Bachelor of Science

Kapish Gobindlal
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In his role as an environmental scientist, Kapish Gobindlal uses his chemistry skills every day to assess contaminated soil and groundwater. Read more of Kapish’s story.

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.
Inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry and analytical techniques are the main emphasis of chemistry at AUT. We research the application of chemistry to benefit society and the natural environment. You will acquire an understanding of the research and industry related fields involving chemistry in New Zealand and globally. In addition, you develop the essential practical laboratory skills needed to be successful in scientific employment.
Bachelor of Science: degree outline

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

Year 1

You will study the following compulsory papers.

Core papers
775205 General Chemistry
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment
775102 Biological Chemistry
775611 Biophysics

Plus three level 5 electives.

Year 2 and 3

Level 6

776220 Analytical Chemistry
776111 Biochemistry
776221 Physical Chemistry
776217 Organic Chemistry

Plus four electives.

Level 7

Three of:
777211 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
777214 Environmental Chemistry
777416 Advanced Food Chemistry
777115 Natural Products
777215 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Plus 5 electives OR 3 electives and 777003 Research Project.


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 3 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 (1 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: 31-Aug-2016 1.38pm

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