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 can select from a large range of specialisations to study with this major. To see the full of specialisations, visit curtin.edu/sae-special.
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.
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.
What jobs can the Chemistry Major (BSc Science) lead to?
- Analytical chemist
- Environmental chemist
- Forensic scientist
- Materials scientist
- Medicinal chemist
- Synthetic chemist.
- Petrochemical engineering.
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in chemsitry that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of chemistry, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to chemistry, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within chemistry, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in chemistry using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within chemistry to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with chemistry, and how these impact upon the practice of chemistry, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of chemistry, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6