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 course 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.
Students will gain practical experience in the state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratories as part of the Resources and Chemistry Precinct. Workbased learning may be taken as an elective unit.
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.