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Bachelor of Science

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as education, technology and the environment.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and specialise in areas such as:

  • synthetic chemistry, where you explore the synthesis of complex molecules used in drugs, explosives, paints and cosmetics
  • computational chemistry, involving the use of advanced theoretical calculations and high-power supercomputers to understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules and short-lived intermediate species
  • nanoscience, to explore the processes of self-assembly enabling the controlled arrangement of atoms and molecules and the chemistry at interfaces
  • medicinal chemistry, to explore molecular design and the modification of compound properties to enhance pharmaceutical applications as evaluated through bioassays.

All of these areas involve access to advanced instrumental techniques and the development of skills that employers value.


1 in Queensland for chemistry

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Environmental and science communicator

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Advanced Experimental Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials and Self-Assembled Systems

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