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BSc - Chemistry as a major

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of all branches of science and for a wide range of industries.  A degree in Chemistry from the University of Waikato means you'll gain an excellent grasp of Chemistry theory, supported by a strong emphasis on practical expertise.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
BSc Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $28,290 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Chemistry is concerned with the properties of substances and materials from an atomic and molecular perspective. Most Chemistry papers involve approximately equal time spent in lectures and in laboratory work so that the theoretical and experimental aspects of the topics may be explored together.

Chemistry is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Chemistry may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Chemistry as a single major, students must gain 135 points including CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203 and CHEMY204, and at least 45 points from CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303 and CHEMY304.

To complete Chemistry as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203 and CHEMY204, and at least 30 points from CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303 and CHEMY304.

To complete a minor in Chemistry, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Chemistry major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM100Chemistry in ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM111Structure and SpectroscopyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM112Chemical ReactivityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context18A (Hamilton)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
ENVS101Environmental ScienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM200Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM211Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM212Organic and Physical Chemistry 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM213Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM214Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM261Environmental Chemistry and GeochemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including structure and reactivity of the main-group elements; point-group symmetry; molecular orbital, crystal field theories; transition metal coordination complexes.
CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
SCIE279Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM311Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 218B (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM312Organic and Physical Chemistry 218A (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM313Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 218B (Hamilton)
A laboratory paper in which the student will carry out independent, individual projects in analytical and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM314Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 218A (Hamilton)
A laboratory paper in which the student will carry out independent, individual projects in organic and inorganic chemistry or a combined project. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
ENMP322Biotechnology18B (Hamilton)
Industrial biotechnology, applications of enzymes and micro-organisms, principles of bioreactor and fermenter design and operation, industrial separations, and purifying biological material.
SCIE371Science Work Placement 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SCIE372Science Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE373Science Work Placement 318C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE374Science Work Placement 418C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
This paper will encapsulate post-placement reflection and will focus on reflective learning from the placement experience, self-assessment outcomes initiated in the pre-workplace paper, portfolio completion, skill-gap revisited, career mentoring/direction, CV update, next placement selection process.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM511Advanced Organic Chemistry (Structural Characterisation)18A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of structural characterisation of organic modules. The course includes practical and theoretical aspects.
CHEM512Topics in Advanced Physical ChemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM513Organometallic Chemistry and CatalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM514Special Topics in Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of topics relating to staff members' areas of research expertise, which may have organic, inorganic, physical, analytical or environmental themes.
CHEM516Isotope GeochemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM517Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry A18A (Hamilton)
A critical examination of analytical methodologies for organic substances, eg pesticides, with special reference to the commercial context.
CHEM521Advanced Organic Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
An advanced study of carbohydrate and natural product chemistry.
CHEM522Computational Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to modern computational chemistry and its increasing use in modern chemical research.
CHEM523Inorganic Materials Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
A study of inorganic materials.
CHEM524Structural Characterisation Techniques18B (Hamilton)
No description available.
CHEM527Applied and Environmental Analytical Chemistry B18B (Hamilton)
An advanced study of instrumental analytical techniques for organic and inorganic compounds and comparison of their efficacies.
CHEM589Directed Study: Chemistry Topics18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper may involve a literature review or the preparation of a proposal.
CHEM590Directed Study18C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
CHEM591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM593Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEM594Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEM595Chemistry Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.
SCIE502Introductory R Statistics for ScientistsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM800Chemistry MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM900Chemistry PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

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