Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(Chem)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3676.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041153K

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 - 3676.3 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Commencement Year 2014 - 3676.2 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Commencement Year 2012 - 3676.1 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

A Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) will prepare you to take part in a process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems. The Chemistry program provides a strong background in the key topic areas of contemporary chemistry, including aspects of chemical theory in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory skills, and applications in contemporary research, industry and the environment. A research project is available to students in the final year of the degree preparing you for a professional career in a wide range of chemistry based industries. A double major or sub-major with biochemistry and molecular biology or microbiology will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical, health or food industries. Alternatively, graduates who elect studies in the physical sciences, mathematics or business are well placed for careers in the manufacturing industry.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) is accredited by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).


Assumed Knowledge: At least two units of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the International Office website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

300828Physics 1
300811Scientific Literacy

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Choose one of

200025Discrete Mathematics
300134Introduction to Information Technology
300580Programming Fundamentals
300831Quantitative Thinking

Spring session

300803Essential Chemistry 2

Choose one of

300830Analysis of Change
300672Mathematics 1A

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300818Introduction to Physiology
300673Mathematics 1B
300829Physics 2
300580Programming Fundamentals

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

300832Analytical Chemistry
300876Organic Chemistry

Choose at least one of

200028Advanced Calculus
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300931Integrated Science
301033Introduction to Data Science
200027Linear Algebra
300865Plant Physiology

And one elective

Spring session

300899Inorganic Chemistry
300849Physical Chemistry

Choose at least one of

300838Comparative Physiology
200030Differential Equations
301032Making Sense of Data
300959Mangamai'bangawarra: Indigenous Science
300896Microbiology 2
300817Molecular Biology

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300907Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Choose one of

300926Advanced Physical Chemistry
300912Molecular Pharmacokinetics

And two electives (one elective must be a Level 3 unit)

Spring session

300925Advanced Analytical Chemistry
300906Advanced Organic Chemistry

Capstone unit: choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300924Science Research Project

And one elective

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces


Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points) including the majors and sub-majors listed below.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3080General Biology


SM3041Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SM3049Immunology and Cell Biology

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Elective Units

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above, including one elective unit

The following unit, 301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science, is a level 2 elective unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. For further details please follow the link

301161Work Integrated Learning in Science

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