Chemistry Major - Bachelor of Science

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.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Year 1

Complete the following papers

CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
SCIE503 Biophysics

Plus three level 5 electives.

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 papers

Complete four of:
CHEM601 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM602 Biochemistry
CHEM603 Organic Chemistry
CHEM604 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM605 Physical Chemistry

Plus four electives.

Level 7 papers

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).

Workplace experience

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

  • Chemist
  • Analytical, environmental, paint or research chemist
  • Pollution control consultant
  • Research scientist
  • Local councils: Environmental, public health, and waste management and monitoring services
  • Science teacher*

*After completing a graduate diploma in education.

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Chemistry Careers

Other majors in the Bachelor of Science

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.

Postgraduate study options

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