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Study Chemistry at Otago

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Overview

Chemistry has come a long way since the ancients used it for brewing, cosmetics, pottery, metallurgy and embalming, and since the alchemists tried to use chemistry to find the elixir of life or to change lead into gold.

Today Chemistry permeates every aspect of our world. Virtually everything from life itself to complete geological structure can be expressed in chemical terms, because Chemistry is the science of matter. A seemingly limitless variety of substances derived from elements and compounds and from atoms and molecules form the basic framework of nature and account for its ever changing patterns.

Chemistry may be regarded as the fundamental component of the physical, biological and earth sciences. It concerns the properties, the syntheses, and the transformation of substances and their applications to the way we live and modify our environment. It is through Chemistry that we are beginning to achieve an understanding of, and mastery over, the material and biological world.

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Contact details

Email chemistry@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/chemistry

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Chemistry (CHEM) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Chemistry

Level Papers Points
100-level

See below.

200-level

At least five 100- or 200-level CHEM papers, excluding CHEM 204. (Both CHEM 111 and CHEM 191strongly recommended.)

90

300-level

Four of:
CHEM 301  Physical Chemistry
CHEM 302  Organic Chemistry
CHEM 303  Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
CHEM 304  Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 305  Biological Chemistry
CHEM 306  Forensic Chemistry
CHEM 390  Critical Readings in Chemistry

With Head of Department approval other paper(s) may be substituted for one 300-level CHEM paper

72

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

198

Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Chemistry

Papers
  • CHEM 490  Dissertation

  • CHEM 461  Topics in Advanced Chemistry

  • CHEM 462  Topics in Advanced Chemistry

  • CHEM 463  Topics in Advanced Chemistry

    Prerequisites: at least five 300-level papers including at least four 300-level CHEM papers.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Chemistry

Papers
  • CHEM 480  Research Project

  • Four of:

    • CHEM 461  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 462  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 463  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 464  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • HAZA 401  Management of Chemical Hazards
    • HAZA 404  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management

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Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry

Papers and Thesis
  • CHEM 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Four of:
    • CHEM 461  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 462  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 463  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • CHEM 464  Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • HAZA 401  Management of Chemical Hazards
    • HAZA 404  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
  • Thesis: CHEM 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Chemistry as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level CHEM papers 36
200-level Two 200-level CHEM papers 36
300-level One 300-level CHEM paper (excluding CHEM 390) 18
Total   90

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