Make an impact in the sphere of health, environment, industry, agriculture, science, and technology with a major in Chemistry.

The Chemistry major enables you to view the world from a molecular perspective, and to solve complex problems that span the breadth of chemistry and other sciences. You can choose to specialise in Chemistry or Pharmacology.

Through your studies you will gain transferable skills, specialised laboratory skills and knowledge in the areas of molecular design and synthesis, analysis and spectroscopic identification of chemical species, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics.

Jeremy Ti

"It’s exciting going into a lecture knowing you will come out with some new fundamental knowledge of a process that’s been occurring under your nose the whole time. Having discussions about chemistry or life in general while walking to the chemistry building with fellow students, lecturers and lab demonstrators, just makes me feel like I'm in such a community."

  • Career Outcomes

    As a chemistry graduate, you can work in established manufacturing industries such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, or mineral and petroleum products. You can also pursue leading roles in the emerging industries involving biotechnology, and the synthesis and testing of bioactive molecules.

    Other options include careers in management, marketing and sales, information technology, law, teaching, and environmental consultancies. Careers in research, government and professional positions are also available to you.

    Edward Nagul

    "I’d like to become a research and development scientist in an organisation which develops innovative products of global significance, such as those related to energy, modernisation of industrial processes, and environmental waste clean-up."

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Chemistry are well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in chemistry, as well as related areas in the sciences and technology within the Facultyl of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

    Peter Markworth

    "My favourite part of graduate study is the self-initiated and self-motivated nature of research. I can decide what experiments I want to do, how to do them, and can claim the results as my own. There is nothing better than being the first person to discover something that no one else has seen."

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Chemistry

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective

*These sample study plans assume that students have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If students have not completed this previously, they may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in their first semester. It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals