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Chemistry Major (BSc Science)

MJRU-CHEMI

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

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.

Geochemistry

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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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Chemistry

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

Why study Chemistry Major (BSc Science)

  • The Chemistry and Resources Precinct, supported by the Chemistry Centre (WA) and BHP Billiton, 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

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Professional recognition

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

Career information

Careers

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

Industries

  • Environment
  • Forensics
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical engineering
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Materials Scientist

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

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Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please view the About offering tab for more information, including how to apply.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CHEMI
  • This offering was last updated on: 02/08/2019