Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Associate Professor Uta Wille
School of Chemistry




Chemistry major students will develop the capacity to view the world from a molecular perspective and to solve complex problems that span the breadth of chemistry and other sciences. Pathways for chemistry majors will include careers in research (through further study including MSc and PhD programs in chemistry and allied areas), teaching, government and professional positions.

Learning Outcomes:

Chemistry Major Graduates should demonstrate:

Understanding of ways of scientific thinking by:

  • recognising the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge, and the testable and contestable nature of the principles of chemistry;
  • recognising that chemistry plays an essential role in society and underpins many industrial, technological and medical advances;
  • understanding and being able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of chemistry in the local and global community.

Depth and breadth of chemistry knowledge by:

  • demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of chemistry;
  • recognising that chemistry is a broad discipline that impacts on, and is influenced by, other scientific fields.

Expertise in the investigation and solution of qualitative and quantitative problems in the chemical sciences, both individually and in teams, by:

  • synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods;
  • formulating hypotheses, proposals and predictions and designing and undertaking experiments in a safe and responsible manner;
  • applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools, and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary;
  • collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into scientifically defensible arguments.

Skills in communication of chemical knowledge by:

  • Presenting information, articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes;
  • Appropriately documenting the essential details of procedures undertaken, key observations, results and conclusions.

Capacity to take personal, professional and social responsibility by:

  • demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning;
  • demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely;
  • recognising the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which chemistry is practised.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study at third year level


There are two specialisations within the Chemistry major.


This major is available to new generation Bachelor of Science students (B-SCI). It is also available to Bachelor of Science students who commenced prior to 2008. The published structure of this major includes subjects available in the current year. Pre-2008 Bachelor of Science students who completed one or more Level 3 science subjects towards this major prior to 2010 should contact the Science Student Centre for advice on appropriate subjects to complete this major. It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry also enrol in two semesters of first year mathematics, for example MAST10005 Calculus 1, MAST10006 Calculus 2 and/or MAST10007 Linear Algebra.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

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