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Study Chemistry at Otago

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Overview


Chemists work to understand the nature of the world around us – they study the composition, properties and transformations of matter. However, more than simply mixing chemicals in a lab, chemists invent new chemical reactions, develop new materials, design new drugs, and create new models to understand the world and then devices to explore it. In many different ways, the discoveries made by chemists help us to improve our lives and our planet.

Career opportunities

With the problem-solving skills developed as students of chemistry, our graduates have gone on to a variety of roles: they work as patent lawyers, forensic scientists and scientific equipment sales reps; they work for local and regional councils, in industry, schools and start-up companies and as professors in universities around the world.

Chemistry is an increasingly multi-disciplinary degree, which is reflected in our graduates choosing to complete double degrees, such as Chemistry/Law, Chemistry/Finance, Chemistry/Anatomy. In addition, with the ongoing shortage of secondary school teachers, many of our graduates enter the teaching profession.

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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 191 strongly recommended.)

90

300-level

Four of:
CHEM 301  Physical Chemistry
CHEM 302  Organic Chemistry
CHEM 303  Inorganic and Organometallic 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

Papers Points

Five CHEM papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level (excluding CHEM 390).

90

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