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Applied Chemistry Major


Provides a thorough grounding in analytical chemistry.

With a strong emphasis on developing analytical skills and instrumentation, students study diverse methods used to investigate the chemical nature of substances in a range of applications - from pure laboratory analysis to environmental investigations and monitoring and medical settings.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1111General Chemistry15
SCC1201Chemistry: Structure and Reactions15
SCC2211Organic Chemistry15
SCC2301Forensic and Analytical Chemistry15
SCC3201Analytical Chemistry15
SCI3150Science Project15
PLUS 2 units from the following list:
SCI3309 ^Biological and Chemical Hazards15
SCI3206 ^Environmental Investigation and Monitoring15
SCI2112 ^Molecular Biology and Biochemistry15
SCI2117 ^Genetics15
SCH2232 ^Medical Biochemistry15
SCH1133 ^Human Genetics15
SCH2226 ^Human Molecular Genetics15
SCH2142 ^Forensic Genetics15

Note: Students without an ATAR or equivalent background in Chemistry are advised to consult with the Unit Set Coordinator as to the selection of the most appropriate units to lead into this major.

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For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical chemistry situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, experiment and interpret results to solve complex chemistry problems.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions of chemical problems.
  4. Use experimentation, literacies and/or digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate chemical knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  6. Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and alternate views, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Analytical Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Government Scientist, Industrial Chemist, Instrumentation Consultant, Medical Chemist

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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