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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
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $31,515 - $33,735 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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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Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSc in Chemistry

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points. This structure applies to study starting in 2021.

Year 1

One from List A:
Science Fundamentals

One from List A:
Science Fundamentals

One from List A:
Science Fundamentals

One from List C:
Science Numeracy

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 level
CHEMY paper

300 level
CHEMY paper

300 level
CHEMY paper

One from List B:
Work-Integrated Learning

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

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 first major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)). Chemistry may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

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

To complete Chemistry as part of a double major for the BSc, BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points including CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203, 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 Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21B (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 Spectroscopy15.021A (Hamilton) & 21C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity15.021B (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 Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry15.021B (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 Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry15.021A (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 Chemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The use of statistical methods in analytical chemistry will also be covered.
ENVSC202Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (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 Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry15.021A (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 Chemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics and computational chemistry.
CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry15.021B (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 Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including mass spectrometry, 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 Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMO501Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper is an in-depth examination of biomolecular structure, function, and molecular metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
CHEMY501Green Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts and practical applications in the important field of green chemistry.
CHEMY502Materials Chemistry15.021A (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 Methodology15.021A (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 I15.021A (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 II15.021B (Hamilton)
Single crystal X-ray crystallography and electrospray mass spectrometry.
CHEMY592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEMY593Chemistry Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEMY594Chemistry Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN521Contemporary Research Topics in Science I15.021A (Block) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
SCIEN522Contemporary Research Topics in Science II15.021B (Block) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
SCIEN589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis90.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY800Chemistry MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHEMY900Chemistry PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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