Chemistry major

Chemistry describes the structure and properties of matter and its transformations. It is an enabling science that is central to virtually all areas of modern science and technology, especially multi-disciplinary areas such as molecular genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, and green or environmentally sustainable chemistry.

The Chemistry extended major provides students with the specialist and general skills they will need to build secure, satisfying and productive careers. In addition to solid training in chemical principles, Chemistry graduates will acquire a range of generic skills: they will gain experience in writing clearly and succinctly; develop high-level numeracy and computing skills, and they will expand their problem solving and research skills. Furthermore, through extensive laboratory practise, students will develop experimental skills for working with chemicals and sophisticated equipment safely. Chemistry is often called the central science because so many scientists study chemistry at some level. The Chemistry extended major includes studies in synthetic chemistry and physical and analytical chemistry. An extended major in Chemistry will (via honours or master's programs) also feed into strong and active postgraduate research programs in chemistry at UWA.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) analyse chemical data, develop and test hypotheses, interpret experimental results and present outcomes in oral and written formats; (2) write coherent reports and prepare and deliver coherent presentations, using appropriate software as required; (3) critically review the literature and perform experiments and understand current practices in chemistry; (4) solve basic chemical problems (calculations of yields, dilutions, stoichiometry in chemical reactions) and demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the principles of chemical safety
; (5) critically review the properties of common classes of chemicals and materials; (6) demonstrate general knowledge of chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, equilibria and periodic properties, electronic spectroscopy, advanced chemical analysis and instrumentation, nanotechnology, surfactants, emulsions, and environmental chemistry, Quantum mechanics, Quantum chemistry, crystal engineering and power generation; (7) demonstrate general knowledge of chemical knowledge in the synthesis and reactivity of inorganic compounds, coordination complexes, small organic molecules, and medicinal organic compounds, demonstrate chemical knowledge in primary and secondary metabolism, natural products and metals in biology; and (8) Apply relevant employability skills for chemistry.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so and to pursue as many areas of interest as you can during your course of study. At the same time, we know that many of you value the University's guidance and assistance in planning your enrollment throughout your course, so we offer the following suggestions for your consideration as possible avenues to broaden your degree.

Recommended Minors
Science Communication

Do always remember, however, that there is no wrong way to broaden your studies as long as you complete at least four units not associated with your Degree Specific Major.

Prerequisites

Chemistry ATAR or equivalent and Mathematics Methods ATAR or higher or equivalent

Chemistry can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Chemistry is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • five Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Students with ATAR Mathematics: Methods or WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B or equivalent or higher take 6 points of electives. Students with ATAR Mathematics Applications, WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or WACE Mathematics 3C/3D take the complementary unit MATH1721. All other students take MATH1720 and MATH1721.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
Or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
Or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
Equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus And MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods And STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
S1 CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in One Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM2004 The Chemistry of Reactions
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) CHEM3007 The Chemistry of Reactions
S2 CHEM2005 The Molecules of Life
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics (ID 1188) and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity (ID 1191) and Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) CHEM3008 The Molecules of Life (ID 6085) and CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (ID 6331)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CHEM3003 Advanced Chemical Synthesis
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or
Unit(s) CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry and Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM3004 Modern Methods in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or
Unit(s) CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry and Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CHEM3005 Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry and Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM3006 Chemistry Beyond the Laboratory
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry and Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Chemistry degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Chemistry course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.