|Indicative ATAR||70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Chemistry is sometimes called the ‘central science’ because it connects other sciences, such as physics, biology and geology. It is science at a molecular level, where major advances are being made in many areas such as medicine, IT, nanotechnology, new materials and the environment.
This major trains you to become a skilled chemist. It also teaches you problem solving, teamwork and critical analysis skills, which may open the door for many careers within and outside science. You will study theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, including synthesis, analysis and molecular modelling. Your learning will be largely laboratory- based, in Curtin’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct.
You can specialise in the following streams:
Analytical and Forensic Chemistry
In this stream you will learn how to use sophisticated scientific instrumentation in combination with chemical knowledge to solve complex, real-world analytical problems.
You will develop effective problem- solving and decision-making skills within the ethical and professional context of analytical and forensic science, as there are often regulatory or legislative requirements for chemical measurements to be taken.
In this crossover field of chemistry you will study the essential processes of life on the molecular level. You will use complex equipment and procedures to understand the bio-molecular world, explore applications in biosensors and drug design, and monitor what effects new substances like food additives and medicines have on living organisms.
As a qualified biological chemist, you could play a part in diagnosing diseases and investigating potential cures for illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, through to the design and synthesis of new and improved medicines.
In this stream, you will study the chemical make-up of the Earth and other planets. You will focus on the chemical reactions and processes that show how various soils and rocks are created.
This stream examines materials from a unified point of view; it looks for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties, how processing changes it and what the material can do.
You will study a range of materials, including metals, semiconductors, glasses, ceramics and polymers. You will also learn about analytical instruments and different forms of radiation that materials scientists use to investigate the microstructure of samples.
Examples of career opportunities include analytical chemist, synthetic chemist, medicinal chemist, computational chemist, environmental scientist, forensic scientist, materials scientist and geochemist.
Roles may be in research and development, technical services, and education or quality control in a wide range of fields, including chemical manufacturing, petrochemical engineering and mining companies, environmental agencies, universities, forensic laboratories, hospitals, and toxicology laboratories.
To enrol in any of the physical science majors, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for your chosen major.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics 3C/3D
- Chemistry 3A/3B
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist 3C/3D and Physics 3A/3B
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Chemistry graduates may be eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
This course can help you become a:
- Environmental Scientist
- Forensic Scientist
- Analytical Chemist
- Computational Chemist
- Materials Scientist
- Medicinal Chemist
- Synthetic Chemist.
- The Department of Chemistry has an excellent reputation for high-quality teaching and research.
- The Chemistry and Resources Precinct on the Bentley Campus, supported by the Chemistry Centre (WA) and BHP Billiton, has an outstanding learning environment and exceptional facilities.
- You will study undergraduate chemistry in the same building as up to 300 practising graduate chemists, maximising your exposure to industry, potential employers, and real-world applications of chemistry.
- In your third year there are opportunities to undertake research projects within those organisations, or collaboratively with your staff.
- You are encouraged to undertake at least two weeks of work experience in industry as a part of your study.
- You will have the opportunity to undertake research projects with industry at the Resources and Chemistry Precinct, which accomodates organisations such as ChemCentre.