Undergraduate

Bachelor of Chemistry

Understand the structure, properties and transformations of matter with a quality education in chemistry from UWA.

80
Minimum ATAR
3
Years Full-Time

Careers and further study

Career Opportunities

Graduates will thrive in:

  • Fertiliser industry
  • Health and Medical Areas
  • Food and Drink industry
  • Mining
  • Nanotechnology
  • 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
Bachelor of Chemistry

Further study

A Chemistry Extended Major will also prepare you for honours and postgraduate studies in Chemistry.
Bachelor of Chemistry

Employer Information

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:

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:

Companies in WA’s (*) two biggest industries:

- Mining (e.g. BHP*, Chevron*, Woodside*, Rio Tinto*, Alcoa*, Shell*, Fortescue*)
- Agriculture (e.g. Wesfarmers*, CSBP*)

- Pharmaceutical and biotech companies like ‎Pfizer*, Perrigo* and Epichem*.
- Chemical and environmental analysis companies like MPL laboratories* and SGS*
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*
- Top-ranked International Universities

Our graduates also embark on careers in teaching, marketing, sales, and patent law with a company or government department. A UWA Science degree with a major in Chemistry is your ticket to an exciting and rewarding career with diverse and interesting pathways. 

UWA’s research-led teaching will provide you with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and high level problem solving skills.

The chemical industry is seeking graduates who are specialised in chemistry, but with diverse skill sets. UWA’s unique degree structure sets us apart from other Western Australian universities to train graduates for these jobs.

At UWA, right from first year, you have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interest and goals. For example, it is possible to do a major in chemistry with a second major in biochemistry/molecular biology, or genetics, pharmacology, or neuroscience, or psychology, or management. In addition, at UWA you may specialise in either synthetic chemistry or physical analytical chemistry, or pursue both streams in a Chemistry double major. You can use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of subjects to study, and, ultimately, to direct your career.

At UWA, like at other universities, you will learn all the required skills and knowledge you need to set off on a career as a chemist in industry or a government organisation. However, as Western Australia’s top university for Physical Sciences including Chemistry, UWA is exclusively placed to provide you with the more diverse skill set you will need to become a leader in the field. This could be in industry as a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Executive Officer, as the founder of your own start-up company, a research theme leader at CSIRO, or as a Professor at a university.

In combination, these factors mean a UWA Bachelor of Science Chemistry major can launch a career focussed on solving humanity’s greatest challenges:

- Understanding and adapting to climate change
- Disease pandemics like COVID19
- Providing food and water for the world’s ever-growing population
- Extending and improving quality of life through medicine
- Sustainable energy production
- Providing the materials that modern society depends on, and that underpin the next technological innovations
- Preserving our planet’s amazing biodiversity

Salary Information

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.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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 information

If 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.

Bachelor of Chemistry

QUICK DETAILS

STATUS
  • Available 2022
MINIMUM ATAR
  • 80
COURSE INTAKE
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
FULL TIME COMPLETION
  • 3 years full time
COURSE CODE
  • BP027
DEGREE TYPE
  • Specialised Bachelor's Degree
CAMPUS LOCATION
  • UWA (Crawley campus)
Bachelor of Chemistry

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.

Bachelor of Chemistry

This degree is for students who are passionate about chemistry and would like to mainly concentrate 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.

The Bachelor of Chemistry provides the skills and knowledge necessary to make a real contribution toward solving global challenges in areas such as climate change, health, food security and emerging technologies. Additionally you will acquire essential advanced communication and research skills. Choosing the Bachelor of Chemistry will also allow you to progress to honours and postgraduate studies in Chemistry.

Why study Bachelor of Chemistry at UWA?

  1. 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
  2. A Chemistry Extended Major will also prepare you for honours and postgraduate studies in Chemistry
  3. 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.

Multiple members of Chemistry have received awards from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), which is the professional organisation for chemical sciences in Australia; fellowships and grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council; excellence in teaching awards; and both national and international awards recognising research excellence. Academic staff also have collaborations and research partnerships with industry.

See our world class research

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
Student story

Travis Holden

Student story
Travis Holden
Bachelor of Chemistry

Accreditation

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.

Bachelor of Chemistry