Bachelor of Chemistry
Understand the structure, properties and transformations of matter with a quality education in chemistry from UWA.
The learning experience
Home to the School of Molecular Sciences, this five-storey building is a thriving centre for world-class research, with advanced labs on every level. It's also the largest building on the UWA campus and features an impressive DNA double helix design.
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis
Through the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, UWA enables research excellence by providing world-class microscopy and microanalysis facilities, including our unique pair of ion probes, the IMS 1280 and NanoSIMS 50, which offer world-exclusive analytical capabilities to Australian and international researchers.
Why choose UWA
Explore our campuses and facilities, get to know the history of our State’s oldest university and discover why a UWA degree can set you up for the careers of the future, not just the jobs of tomorrow.
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Careers and further study
Graduates will thrive in:
- Fertiliser industry
- Health and Medical Areas
- Food and Drink industry
- Environmental agencies
- Petrochemical, Paper, Education, Organic chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Polymers, Computing, Petrochemical Companies, Mineral Refining, Energy sector, Battery and Manufacturing industries
- Solar cells Electric vehicles
Graduates may work as:
- Synthetic Chemist specialising in pharmaceuticals or fine chemical production
- Chemist specialising in polymer production
- Chemist specialising in Nanotechnology
- Analytical Chemist
- Environmental Chemist
- Physical Chemist in the mining or engineering sector
Chemistry at UWA produces highly employable graduates for jobs in Western Australia, nationally and internationally. UWA is Western Australia’s top ranked University, and a member of Australia’s Group of Eight Universities. This means UWA Bachelor of Science graduates with a Chemistry major are widely recognised, and our graduates are highly sought-after by employers including:
As a chemist, you can expect an annual salary of $108,000 (+ bonus) as the average across all industries and experience levels, with a salary growth of 2.1% per year. The average entry level salary of scientists commences at $75,000 and ranges up to $130,000 for experienced workers.
To be considered for this course you need to:
- achieve the University’s minimum entry score
- demonstrate English language competence
- satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)
View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.
Assured Pathway informationIf you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Assured Pathways. An Assured Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.
Admission entry to UWA
We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.
About the Bachelor of Chemistry
This degree is for students who are passionate about chemistry and would like to focus on this area of science. Students will learn the theory behind, and the laboratory skills in, all disciplines of chemistry, enabling future study and employment possibilities in any of the of synthetic, physical and/or analytical chemistry disciplines.
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 3 years full time
- Specialised Bachelor's Degree
- UWA (Crawley campus)
About the course
The focus of the Bachelor of Chemistry is understanding and describing the structure, properties and transformations of matter. Chemistry is often called the central science because it is used by many scientists as part of their vocation. Chemistry is embedded in virtually all areas of modern science and technology, especially multi-disciplinary areas such as molecular genetics, molecular biology, geology, mineral chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, as well as green chemistry and analytical chemistry.
A quality education in Chemistry from UWA will equip you with attributes that are highly valued and sought after by a diverse range of employers around the globe.
Why study Bachelor of Chemistry at UWA?
- A quality education in Chemistry from UWA will equip you with attributes that are highly valued and sought after by a diverse range of employers around the globe
- A Chemistry Extended Major will also prepare you for honours and postgraduate studies in Chemistry
- Students, through extensive laboratory practice, will develop experimental skills for working with chemicals, safely
Learn from leaders in the field
Work alongside world-leading academics who are passionate and engaged. Our academics are at the cutting-edge of knowledge, meaning you’ll be across live research projects and will uncover new discoveries in your field of interest before others.
Work Integrated Learning
- You'll be taught by lecturers from industry (e.g. CSIRO, Alcoa, Epichem) allowing you to connect with professionals in the field and gain industry connections even before you graduate
- Gain real-world, practical experience through site visits to industry
- Hands on practical experience and opportunities are available for projects in labs embedded in Level 3 units
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
The RACI works in partnership with higher education institutions to ensure their chemical science programs are of a professional and high-quality standard. This partnership aims to ensure their students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be a practising chemist.
The RACI accreditation process is based upon the threshold learning and teaching outcomes standards statements for chemistry. The standards are based upon the Australian Learning & Teaching Council published Learning & Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Science.