Chemistry Major

Why study a chemistry major at the University of Newcastle?

The subject of Chemistry at UON is ranked in the top 350 in the world, according to the 2016 QS World subject rankings*. When you study a Bachelor of Science with a chemistry major you'll examine and build on the key concepts of basic atomic and molecular structure, fundamental inorganic chemistry and underlying physical concepts.

Almost everything you touch in the modern world will have a chemist's input at some stage, and you’ll learn exactly what this contribution looks like. Through courses in basic components of chemistry, students will study the manipulation of atoms and molecules for real world applications and how it plays a key role in virtually all sciences.

Our major develops students into chemists who help solve problems affecting the world we live in. They develop advanced knowledge of chemistry theory and experimental practice. They are prepared to be involved with the development of new drugs, new computing devices and better energy storage materials.

Our academics are active researchers and you may get the opportunity to work alongside them on research projects throughout your Bachelor of Science degree.

Careers in chemistry are stimulating and rewarding. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science chemistry major, you could go on to work in a variety of sectors including:

  • food industry
  • health, education and environment
  • IT and finance
  • law
  • manufacturing industry
  • research
  • science communication and journalism

Suitable for chemistry students with:

  • The drive to deepen their understanding of the properties and uses of chemicals, elements, and compounds.
  • Goals to pursue laboratory research in chemistry, or a related discipline.
  • A commitment to investigating and experimenting using scientific methodologies to answer complex questions.

What do you learn in a chemistry major?

Students who study a chemistry major will learn about relevant scientific theories, methodologies and practices:

  • Analytical Chemistry: Studying courses in analytical chemistry will teach you the methods of analysis which are practised in laboratory experiments.
  • Organic Chemistry: You will learn about the organic molecules, carbon compounds and associated chemical reactions. This is the study of chemistry relevant to living organisms.
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Students will study how the combinations of 92 naturally occurring elements underpin our manufacturing, food, energy and shelter.

Which degrees include this major?

The Bachelor of Science and associated degree programs allow you to study a major in chemistry:

The chemistry major within the Bachelor of Science is only available at our Newcastle (Callaghan) campus.

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