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.
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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.
With the Chemistry major you’ll develop an understanding of chemical properties and processes of chemical change, and practical skills in the synthesis and analysis of chemical systems. You’ll be also become familiar with the role of chemistry in contemporary issues of national and global significance.
Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.
All Bachelor of Science students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.
Choose one of:
And choose one natural sciences course
And one mathematical and computer sciences course
*Only available to students in the Analytics and Mathematical Modelling and Computation majors
And one course from either the natural sciences or mathematical and computer science courses above.
Complete the following course:
And one of:
In Year 3, you complete a project in an area related to your major. This project gives you an important competitive edge for your career, and is good preparation for postgraduate study.
Courses you complete for this project:
If you're majoring in chemistry, this is the main subject area you specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree and consists of eight chemistry-related courses you study throughout your degree.
Choose three from:
Choose three from:
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*After an additional year of teacher training
The Chemistry major also provides a strong foundation for postgraduate study in chemistry and disciplines like microbiology, biomedicine, food science or nanoscience.
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