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.

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2022

Start date: 2023

Year 1

Complete the following courses

And choose one of the following:

And complete three of:

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 courses

Complete four of:

Plus four electives.

Level 7 courses

Complete three of:

Plus five elective courses with two at level 7, or three electives and the Research Project course.

AUT offers the course 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 course (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

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

  • 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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Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

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 courses (120 points) per year.

Postgraduate study options

Key features
  • Develop skills relevant to a wide range of industries
  • Progressive environmental and food chemistry knowledge
  • Opportunity to complete a research project and industry placement
See yourself as
  • Accurate and objective
  • Enquiring and observant
  • Analytical and creative
  • Organised with an eye for detail
Shaun D’souza
Hannah Gu
Shakeel Ahmed
Tyler Irving

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

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