Undergraduate Major


Chemistry Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


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

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


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 2019) 

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.

This course will provide you with the knowledge to become a skilled chemist. It also teaches you problem-solving, teamwork and critical analysis skills, which may open the door for other careers within science.

You will study theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, including synthesis, analysis and molecular modelling. Your learning will be largely laboratory-based, in Curtin’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.

You can specialise in the following streams:

Analytical and Forensic Chemistry

You will learn how to use sophisticated scientific instruments to solve complex analytical problems.

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

Biological Chemistry

In this crossover field of chemistry, you will study the essential processes of life on the molecular level. 

You will use complex equipment and procedures to understand the bio-molecular world, explore applications in biosensors and drug design, and monitor what effects new substances such as food additives and medicines have on living organisms.

You could also play a part in finding new molecular pathways to design and synthesise new medicines.


You will study the chemical make-up of the Earth and other planets. You will 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 it.

You will study materials including metals, semiconductors, glasses, ceramics and polymers. You will 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. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

This major can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science course.

Why study

  • The Chemistry and Resources Precinct, supported by the ChemCentre and BHP, has an outstanding learning environment and exceptional facilities.
  • You will 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 your staff.
  • You are encouraged to undertake at least two weeks of work experience in industry as a part of your study.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake research projects with industry at the Resources and Chemistry Precinct, which accommodates organisations such as 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

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics and chemistry. Calculus and physics are desirabl

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree or Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CHEMI
  • Last updated on: January 15, 2020