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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.

Chemistry

Employers recognise Waikato Chemistry graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as for their high-level of practical abilities – including hands-on bench and modern instrumentation skills.

A Chemistry qualification from Waikato appeals to a wide range of employers including analytical, forensic, industrial, environmental and medical laboratories.  There is a shortage of Chemistry graduates in New Zealand and overseas and a critical shortage of qualified Chemistry teachers.

Better building materials and textiles, improved medical aids, new alloys, more productive agriculture, better environmental control and remediation – all rely on the chemical expertise you'll gain from studying at Waikato.

The structure of our chemistry major includes a range of highly theoretical, highly applied, quantitative and qualitative aspects. It will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, which can be applied to many other disciplines.

Facilities

The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped laboratories. Most science papers include weekly laboratory sessions, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt in lectures and tutorials into practice. Our undergraduate students also have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Chem) and GradDip(Chem)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Chemistry at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Chem), PGDip(Chem), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is by invitation of the Head of School. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.

To complete a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Chemistry, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally CHEM591).

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
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 Chemistry19B (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 Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry19A (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 Chemistry19A (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 Geochemistry19A (Hamilton)
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 Chemistry19A (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 Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics and spectroscopy; statistical thermodynamics; surface chemistry.
CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry19B (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 Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including instrumental techniques, quality assurance, quality control, sampling techniques and method validation.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHEM595Chemistry Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHEMY501Green Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts and practical applications in the important field of green chemistry.
CHEMY502Materials Chemistry19A (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 Methodology19A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of analytical methodology and instrumental techniques, this will investigating sample extraction techniques, and instrument choice for a variety of sample matrices.
CHEMY511Structural Characterisation I19A (Hamilton)
Using a combination of lectures, flip teaching and instrumental work, students master the skills required to acquire NMR and mass spectra and interpret these to identify an unknown compound.
CHEMY512Structural Characterisation II19B (Hamilton)
Single crystal X-ray crystallography, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electrospray mass spectrometry.
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences19B (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.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing19C (Block)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN589Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (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 Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEM900Chemistry PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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