Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Adv. Science

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Advanced Science offer a flexible manner in which to study chemistry.  It can be combined with other subjects both within and without the Faculty of Science, meaning that you can tailor your chemistry degree to suit you.  And with an honours year you will gain research experience that can lead to increased job prospects or, should you choose to, further study.

What do I have to do to get a major in chemistry?

There is a certain minimum number of subjects required to be completed to get a major.  Full details can be found in the handbook entries for the B. Sc. and B. Adv. Sc. programs, but in terms of the minimum number of subjects it is.

  • 12 UoC Chemistry at first year (in addition to 6 UoC Physics and 12 UoC Maths)
  • 24 UoC Chemistry at second year, and
  • 24 UoC Chemistry at third year.

What other subjects do I have to do?

This is where the flexibility comes in; unlike prescribed degree programs the remaining subjects can be any from a broad range.  You may choose to combine your chemistry major with subjects that suit your research interests (these range from Physics through Materials to Pharmacology and Biochemistry). Of course, in the School, we'd love you to as many chemistry courses as possible!

Can I take more than just the minimum number of chemistry courses?

YES!  In fact, many students taking a chemistry major (particularly at third year) take more than the minimum number.  For a complete list of courses that are available in the School of Chemistry look at our courses page.

Why would I consider taking a major in these degree programs rather than a defined degree?

One word - 'flexibility'.  If you are interested in being able to choose subjects that fit your interests and your career plans in such a way that it can change as you gain an understanding of what the subjects you study actually mean, the B. Sc. / B. Adv. Sc. is for you.

What if I have any questions?

Come speak to us, particularly ...

The 2nd and 3rd Year advisor: Assoc. Prof. Pall Thordarson, Room 133, Dalton Building; Tel. (02) 9385 4478, Fax. (02) 9385 6141, e-mail:

The Deputy Director of Teaching: Dr Jason Harper, Room 223, Dalton Building; Tel. (02) 9385 4692, Fax. (02) 9385 6141, e-mail: