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BSc(Tech) - Chemistry as a major

The Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree provides you with an opportunity to gain practical, relevant work experience as part of your undergraduate degree.  This will help you to step into the professional world in your chosen career and successfully integrates theoretical learning with hands-on experience.

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
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*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.

Career opportunities

  • Biochemist
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Chemical Technologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Marine Studies
  • Material Science
  • Microbiologist

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSc(Tech) in Chemistry

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2019.

Year 1

100 Level Science
List A

100 Level Science
List A

100 Level Science
List A

100 Level Science
List C

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 Level
CHEMY Paper

300 Level
CHEMY Paper

300 Level
CHEMY Paper

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory
  • Placement

Note: CHEMY202 or CHEMY204 counts towards the BSc and BSc(Tech) numeracy requirements.

300 Level CHEMY papers

Choose 45 points from the following:

This information is provisional and subject to change.

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
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
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 Spectroscopy20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity20B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry20B (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, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry20A (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 Chemistry20A (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)
ENVSC202Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper is a broad introduction into environmental chemistry and geochemistry including the formation of the elements, chemical evolution of Earth, modern Earth surface processes, fossil fuels and biomarkers, global biogeochemical cycling, atmospheric chemistry and global climate change.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY302Advanced Physical Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics and spectroscopy; statistical thermodynamics; surface chemistry.
CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry including heavy transition elements; f-elements; organometallic chemistry of main group and transition metals; bioinorganic chemistry; solid state chemistry.
CHEMY304Advanced Analytical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Mossbauer and Raman spectroscopy, quality control and assurance, sampling techniques and method validation.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO501Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways20B (Hamilton)
This paper is an in-depth examination of biomolecular structure, function, and molecular metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
CHEM591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM595Chemistry Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEMY501Green Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts and practical applications in the important field of green chemistry.
CHEMY502Materials Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
This 15 point seminar style paper covers advanced topics in the area of inorganic materials chemistry, namely 1 and 2 dimensional solids and inorganic biomedical materials.
CHEMY503Analytical Methodology20A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of analytical methodology and instrumental techniques, this will investigate sample extraction techniques, and instrument choice for a variety of sample matrices.
CHEMY511Structural Characterisation I20A (Hamilton)
Using a combination of lectures viewed online and instrumental work, students master the skills required to acquire NMR and mass spectra and interpret these to identify an unknown compound. Students should have received basic instruction in carbon and proton NMR before considering enrolling in this course.
CHEMY512Structural Characterisation II20B (Hamilton)
Single crystal X-ray crystallography and electrospray mass spectrometry.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing20B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN512Data analysis and experimental design20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM800Chemistry MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM900Chemistry PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X1 (Hamilton) & 20X2 (Hamilton)
No description available.

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