Study the Chemistry major in the Bachelor of Science and explore environmental, biological, organic, physical, inorganic, food and analytical chemistry.
Developing new products and processes, and experimenting with the make-up and behaviour of different chemicals are some of the challenges chemistry graduates get to take on. A degree in chemistry opens the door to a wide range of career options, both in and out of the laboratory.
You gain essential practical laboratory skills needed to be successful in scientific employment – here and overseas. AUT chemistry graduates have careers in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, toiletries, plastics and polymers. There are also opportunities in the food and drink industry, health and medical organisations and scientific research organisations.
This is part of the Bachelor of Science.
Plus four electives.
Complete three of:
CHEM702 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
CHEM704 Organic Synthesis and Molecular Design
CHEM705 Surfaces, Colloids and Nanotechnology
CHEM706 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM707 Protein and Metabolic Biochemistry
Plus five elective papers, or three electives and the Research Project paper.
AUT offers the paper CHEM401 Foundation Chemistry which is highly recommended for students who have not studied chemistry to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent).
In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project paper (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.
SCIE701 Research Project
*After completing a graduate diploma in education.
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You can combine this major with other majors like Food Science and Microbiology, and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.
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