Bachelor of Science - Chemistry major

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry major

Your guide to majoring in Chemistry with the Bachelor of Science at RMIT.

Student type:
Learning mode:
On campus
Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Part-time 6 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Learning mode:
On campus
Entry score:

See admissions

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2023 annual)
AU$38,400 (2024 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Introduction to the major

Chemistry is known as the central science that connects all other science areas.

Whether looking at climate change, harnessing renewable energy sources, investigating next-gen nanotechnology or discovering medical breakthroughs, chemistry is vital in understanding and developing technologies of the future. This major explores chemical structures, the composition of organic compounds and the biomedical applications of chemistry.

Students will study across materials science, organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Build strong research and laboratory skills, preparing for careers that require skills and knowledge related to analysis of substances at the molecular level and exploring chemical structures.

The Chemistry major strengthens hard skills in the laboratory science field, building on specific chemical and materials analysis training which include chemical analysis, laboratory science, data analysis and materials science. Key soft skills include teamwork, research, critical thinking and organisation. 

About the Bachelor of Science

With the Bachelor of Science at RMIT you will enjoy a cross-disciplinary, flexible and personalised degree that allows you to pursue a range of diverse interest areas across business. You will gain practical real-world experience throughout your degree.

Why choose to major in Chemistry with the Bachelor of Science?

Tailor your learning

Undertake in-depth study in chemistry, complemented with a choice of majors and minors.

Global reach

Apply your learnings to a wide range of areas, to solve emerging global challenges.

Skills-based learning

Build strong research and laboratory skills, as well as critical thinking and teamwork.

Career outcomes

RMIT’s Bachelor of Science will equip you with the expertise, experience and professional skills to have a successful career as a scientist.

With the practical, research and soft skills developed and gained through your study in this degree, you can go on to work or undertake further study in a range of areas.

Potential careers for graduates of the Bachelor of Science who choose to major in chemistry include:

  • laboratory technician
  • environmental scientist
  • chemist
  • forensic scientist
  • chemical technician
  • academic researcher
  • climate scientist
  • toxicologist
  • chemical engineer
  • teacher.

Subject selection guide

If you choose to major in chemistry with the Bachelor of Science, the following guide will help you to understand what your subject plan will look like.

You will undertake eight courses focusing on:

  • CHEM1313 Chemistry Fundamentals 1*“”
  • CHEM1314 Chemistry Fundamentals 2*“”
  • CHEM1039 Concepts in Chemistry+
  • CHEM1040 Further Concepts in Chemistry+
  • CHEM1041 Chemistry Laboratory+
  • CHEM1053 Analytical Techniques+
  • CHEM1067 Advanced Chemistry Theory#
  • CHEM1069 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory#

Key to subject selection

Essential Course (must be completed first) “”
Introductory Course *
Intermediate Course +
Advanced Course #
Capstone Course ^

Complementary majors and minors

This combination of knowledge and skills will prepare you for the complexities of the modern science landscape and equip you to make a meaningful impact in your chosen career path.

Complimentary majors

The following majors (8 subjects per major) allow for a double major with chemistry to be undertaken:

Complimentary minors

  • Advanced Chemistry Specialist Minor
  • Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Specialist Minor
  • Nanotechnology Specialist Minor

Bachelor of Science full course information

This is just one of the 8 majors that you can choose from. Visit the Bachelor of Science course page to find full course information, explore your study options, and get details on entry requirements, pathways, fees, plan structure and more.

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aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.