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Undergraduate Major


Chemistry Major (BSc Science)


Experience science at a molecular level, where major advances are made in medicine, IT, nanotechnology and materials.


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked first in Western Australia for Chemistry. (QSWUR by Subject 2020) 

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Chemistry is sometimes called the ‘central science’ because it connects other sciences such as physics, biology and geology. It is science at a molecular level, where major advances are being made in areas such as medicine, IT, nanotechnology and new materials.

In this course you'll gain the knowledge to become a skilled chemist. You’ll study theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, including synthesis, analysis and spectroscopy. Your learning will be largely laboratory-based, in Curtin’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

You’ll also learn problem-solving, teamwork and critical analysis skills, which can open opportunities for other careers within science.

You'll specialise in one the following streams:

Analytical and Forensic Chemistry

In this stream you'll learn how to use sophisticated scientific instruments to solve complex analytical problems.

You’ll also develop effective problem-solving and decision-making skills within the ethical and professional context of analytical and forensic science.

Biological Chemistry

This is a crossover field of chemistry in which you'll study the essential processes of life at the molecular level. You’ll use complex equipment and procedures to understand the biomolecular world, explore applications in biosensors and drug design, and monitor the effects that new substances (such as food additives and medicines) have on living organisms.

You could also have a role in discovering new molecular pathways to design and synthesise new medicines.


In this stream you will study the chemical make-up of the Earth and other planets. You’ll focus on chemical reactions and processes that show how various soils and rocks are created.

Materials Science

This stream looks for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties and applications, and how processing changes the material.

You will study materials including metals, semiconductors, glasses, ceramics and polymers. You’ll also learn about analytical instruments and radiation that materials scientists use to investigate the microstructure of samples.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. It can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course.

Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) with either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

The Chemistry and Resources Precinct, supported by ChemCentre and BHP, provides exceptional facilities and an outstanding learning environment.

At Curtin, you'll study undergraduate chemistry in the same building as up to 300 practising graduate chemists – maximising your exposure to industry, potential employers and real-world applications of chemistry. In your third year there are opportunities to undertake research projects within those organisations, or collaboratively with Curtin staff.

How this course will make you industry ready

In this course you're encouraged to undertake at least two weeks of industry work experience.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake industry research projects at the Resources and Chemistry Precinct. The precinct accommodates Western Australia's primary analytical chemistry facility, ChemCentre.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Career information


  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Materials scientist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Synthetic chemist


  • Environment
  • Forensics
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical engineering

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply chemistry knowledge, principles and concepts
  • apply critical creative and reflective thinking to chemistry problems
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information relating to chemistry
  • effectively communicate chemistry ideas and concepts
  • use a range of technologies to collect and analyse data with appropriate regard to uncertainties
  • work as responsible self-directed and motivated learners
  • apply internationally accepted scientific conventions standards and protocols
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • work safely effectively and ethically in a multifaceted scientific environment

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CHEMI
  • Last updated on: October 27, 2021