Study Chemistry - 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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

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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.

Core courses

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:

Chemistry courses

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.

Year 1 courses

Year 2 courses

Choose three from:

Year 3 courses

Choose three from:

Build your degree

Use our online tool to build your own degree and see what your three years of study could look like.

Build your degreeBuild your degreehttps://www.aut.ac.nz/courses/bachelor-of-science/chemistry-major

Students who started at AUT before 2023

If you started your studies at AUT before 2023, the courses you need to study to complete the requirements for your programme are a little different. You can find the old programme regulations you need to meet on Canvas. Simply log in with your AUT student ID number and password.

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Career opportunities if you study chemistry

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Clinical scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Public service
  • Management consulting
  • Science communication
  • Science teacher*

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

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Video series: Chemistry Matters

Join AUT's Professor Allan Blackman as he explains some of the fundamental concepts of chemistry to help you in your university studies.

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Key features
  • Develop skills relevant to a wide range of industries
  • Progressive environmental and food chemistry knowledge
  • Flexibility: tailor your degree with a second major, minor or electives of your choice
  • Complete an industry-related project in your final year
See yourself as
  • Accurate and objective
  • Enquiring and observant
  • Analytical and creative
  • Organised with an eye for detail
Shakeel Ahmed
Marie Loraine Esekielu
Hannah Gu

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