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## What will I study?

### Overview

Develop knowledge in a range of areas, including: molecular design and synthesis, analysis and spectroscopic identification of chemical species, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics.

There are two specialisations in the Chemistry major: **Chemistry** and **Medicinal Chemistry**.

#### Your major structure

You’ll complete this major as part of a Bachelor of Science degree.

In your **first** and **second** **years** you will complete the chemistry subjects that are prerequisites for your major. We also recommend that you study mathematics at first-year level.

In your **third year,** you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in chemistry.

Throughout your degree you will also take science **elective** subjects and **breadth** (non-science) subjects.

James Ha

“I hope to be able to communicate science across disciplinary boundaries and to synthesise and distil the information down to the level where policy-makers can use it effectively.”

– James Ha

### Sample course plan

View some sample course plans to help you select subjects that will meet the requirements for this major.

#### Sample course plan - Chemistry

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Recommended
- Science elective
- Breadth
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core
- Major elective

These sample study plans assume that you have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If you have not completed this previously, you may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in your first semester. It is recommended that if you plan to major in Chemistry you will have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20011 Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20026 Principles of Chemical Biology

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30012 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30013 Chemical Research Project

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major elective

#### Sample course plan - Medicinal Chemistry

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Recommended
- Breadth
- Science elective
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core

These sample study plans assume that you have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If you have not completed this previously, you may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in your first semester. It is recommended that if you plan to major in Chemistry you will have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### BIOL10005 Genetics & The Evolution of Life

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20026 Principles of Chemical Biology

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHRM20001 Pharmacology: How Drugs Work

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30017 Specialised Topics in Chemistry A

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHRM30009 Drugs in Biomedical Experiments

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### PHRM30008 Drugs: From Discovery to Market

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core

#### Sample course plan - Chemistry: mid-year entry

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Recommended
- Science elective
- Breadth
- Major core
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major elective

These sample study plans assume that students have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If students have not completed this previously, they may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in their first semester. It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

Year 1

Total

112.5 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Summer

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20011 Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20026 Principles of Chemical Biology

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core

Year 3

Total

87.5 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30012 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30013 Chemical Research Project

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major elective
Semester 1

37.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Science electiv...

#### Sample course plan - Chemistry and Physics

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Recommended
- Breadth
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core
- Major elective

These sample study plans assume that students have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If students have not completed this previously, they may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in their first semester. It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC10003 Physics 1

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC30018 Quantum Physics

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30012 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### PHYC30017 Statistical Physics

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major elective

#### Sample course plan - Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Recommended
- Breadth
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core
- Major elective

These sample study plans assume that students have undertaken VCE Units 3/4 Chemistry, or equivalent. If students have not completed this previously, they may first need to enrol in CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry in their first semester. It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry have also completed the following: Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### BIOL10005 Genetics & The Evolution of Life

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20011 Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM20026 Principles of Chemical Biology

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### BCMB20005 Techniques in Molecular Science

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30017 Specialised Topics in Chemistry A

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30012 Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Recommended
##### CHEM30013 Chemical Research Project

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major elective

### Explore this major

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### Core

- Advanced Practical Chemistry12.5
### Advanced Practical Chemistry

This subject will build on the experience gained in second year practical chemistry through the synthesis and characterisation of complex molecules, the acquisition and interpretation of advanced spectroscopic and physical data and the investigation of chemical systems through computational techniques. It consists of a series of laboratory-based experiments aimed at developing skills in the synthesis, safe handling and analysis of chemical substances of a range of different classes of compounds; an understanding of modern characterisation techniques (e.g. chromatography, atomic and molecular spectroscopy); and the operation of instrumentation for the acquisition of kinetic, structural and thermodynamic data.

A component of this subject will also involve the development of skills in independent practical work through the design and implementation of experimental procedures and techniques, and data interpretation. The subject will also provide opportunities for the development of scientific writing and presentation skills, problem solving and small group collaboration, while introducing resources and software commonly used within chemical research fields (i.e. scientific databases, chemical drawing software, molecular modelling & optimisation, etc).

In addition to increased proficiency in standard techniques, this subject provides an introduction into research-based chemistry through integrated and themed experiments. It will provide skill development in a range of techniques utilised in the modern chemistry laboratory.

The subject provides experience across multiple traditional chemical disciplines whilst highlighting the importance of these disciplines in diverse 'real world' applications such as materials science and medicinal chemistry.

- Reactivity and Mechanism12.5
### Reactivity and Mechanism

The concepts of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, molecular interactions and reaction kinetics will lay the fundamentals for the discussion of chemical reactions involving various types of reactive intermediates. The application of molecular orbital theory will be used to understand the nature of pericyclic reactions and the concept of coordination in main group (including carbon) and transition metal elements. An investigation of inorganic reaction mechanisms will focus on transformations involving coordination and organometallic complexes of d-block metals. Discussion of synthetic aspects will cover methods for carbon-carbon bond formation and functional group transformations, as well as principles of catalysis involving transition metal complexes and their chemistry in synthetic and biological systems.

##### Recommended:

- Calculus 112.5
### Calculus 1

This subject extends students' knowledge of functions and calculus and introduces them to the topics of vectors and complex numbers. Students will be introduced to new functions such as the inverse trigonometric functions and learn how to extend the techniques of differentiation to these. Integration techniques will be applied to solving first order differential equations.

Differential calculus: graphs of functions of one variable, trigonometric functions and their inverses, derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions, implicit differentiation and parametric curves. Integral calculus: properties of the integral, integration by trigonometric and algebraic substitutions and partial fractions with a variety of applications. Ordinary differential equations: solution of simple first order differential equations arising from applications such as population modelling. Vectors: dot product, scalar and vector projections, plane curves specified by vector equations. Complex numbers: arithmetic of complex numbers, sketching regions in the complex plane, De Moivre's Theorem, roots of polynomials, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra.

- Calculus 212.5
### Calculus 2

This subject will extend knowledge of calculus from school. Students are introduced to hyperbolic functions and their inverses, the complex exponential and functions of two variables. Techniques of differentiation and integration will be extended to these cases. Students will be exposed to a wider class of differential equation models, both first and second order, to describe systems such as population models, electrical circuits and mechanical oscillators. The subject also introduces sequences and series including the concepts of convergence and divergence.

Calculus topics include: intuitive idea of limits and continuity of functions of one variable, sequences, series, hyperbolic functions and their inverses, level curves, partial derivatives, chain rules for partial derivatives, directional derivative, tangent planes and extrema for functions of several variables. Complex exponential topics include: definition, derivative, integral and applications. Integration topics include: techniques of integration and double integrals. Ordinary differential equations topics include: first order (separable, linear via integrating factor) and applications, second order constant coefficient (particular solutions, complementary functions) and applications.

- Linear Algebra12.5
### Linear Algebra

This subject gives a solid grounding in key areas of modern mathematics needed in science and technology. It develops the concepts of vectors, matrices and the methods of linear algebra. Students should develop the ability to use the methods of linear algebra and gain an appreciation of mathematical proof. Little of the material here has been seen at school and the level of understanding required represents an advance on previous studies.

Systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants; vectors in real n-space, cross product, scalar triple product, lines and planes; vector spaces, linear independence, basis, dimension; linear transformations, eigenvalues, eigenvectors; inner products, least squares estimation, symmetric and orthogonal matrices.

- Physics 1: Fundamentals12.5
### Physics 1: Fundamentals

This subject is designed for students with a minimal background in Physics, and aims to provide a sound introduction to a range of important physics principles and applications. Emphasis is placed on key concepts rather than detailed analysis.

Topics include:

Mechanics: describing and explaining translational and rotational motion, for example in the contexts of human and animal movement and transport (Newton’s laws of motion, both translational and rotational; energy transfer and transformation; momentum and impulse; simple harmonic motion; equilibrium).

Waves and sound: water waves; production and detection of sound, eg. musical instruments, hearing; ultrasound (reflection and refraction, superposition, resonance, energy transport, absorption, Doppler effect).

Optics: optical imaging; sensors and optical instruments; human vision (dispersion, lenses and mirrors, interference, diffraction, polarisation).

Gravitation: universal gravity, weightlessness, planetary and satellite orbits, escape velocity (universal gravity, Kepler’s laws).

Vector notation, and differential and integral calculus, are used when appropriate. New mathematical concepts that students may not have encountered in previous studies are introduced as required.

### Elective

- Specialised Topics in Chemistry A12.5
### Specialised Topics in Chemistry A

This subject provides a series of specialised modules in the areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry

Students choose three modules from the following selection of topics. Each module consists of 12 lectures:

- Bio-Organic Chemistry,
- Spectroscopy – Identification of Organic Molecules,
- Photomolecular Science,
- Polymer Chemistry,
- Metal chemistry: Principles and applications.
- Bioanalytical Chemistry.

- Specialised Topics in Chemistry B12.5
### Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

This subject provides a series of specialised modules in the areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

Students choose three modules from the following selection of topics. Each module consists of 12 lectures.

- Physical Organic Chemistry,
- Methods in Organic Synthesis,
- Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry,
- Computational Chemistry,
- Supramolecular and Structural Inorganic Chemistry
- Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine

- Analytical & Environmental Chemistry12.5
### Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

The lecture component of this subject covers the main sources and types of environmental contaminants with a focus on water contaminants and their effect on water quality. Frequently used analytical techniques in environmental and industrial monitoring and analysis, not covered in the prerequisite or other second year level chemistry subjects, will be outlined in the context of achieving desirable environmental outcomes. These include: volumetric analysis; gravimetric analysis; optical techniques (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry); electroanalytical techniques such as potentiometry (ion-selective electrodes, potentiometric stripping analysis) and voltammetry (polarography, anodic stripping voltammetry); analytical separation techniques (ion chromatography, extraction); and automatic analytical techniques (flow injection analysis).

The practical component of this subject involves the application of chromatographic (ion chromatography, gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography), electroanalytical (potentiometry, polarography and anodic stripping volatmmetry) and optical (atomic absorption spectrometry) analytical techniques to environmental samples.