Bachelor of

Study Planner Information

What will I study?

First year of chemistry at UQ covers the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. As well as traditional lectures, teaching is done by laboratory classes and by assignment work in small groups. You can monitor your progress by regular computer-managed testing throughout the courses. Chemistry courses in later years are more specialised, and are intended to expose students to topical and important areas of scientific advancement, and to train students in research techniques and in the use of sophisticated instrumentation.

Some of the major areas of study in chemistry are:
  • Synthetic chemistry – the development of new synthetic methodologies to explore the synthesis of new drugs, new materials or new molecular devices.
  • Polymer chemistry – the preparation and study of new polymers with uses as materials, electronic devices, and in medicine.
  • Computational chemistry – understanding and predicting the structures and reactivities of molecules and short-lived intermediates using high-level theoretical calculations and powerful supercomputers. 
  • Surface chemistry – chemistry occurring at interfaces. This is important in many biological processes, in the study of catalysts, and in nanotechnology.
  • Spectroscopy – examining the interactions between matter and electromagnetic radiation to determine chemical structures and reactivities. This encompasses the whole range of molecular entities, from individual molecules through to biological macromolecules such as enzymes. Spectroscopy has applications in analytical chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy and remote sensing.

Year 1 Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


 Year 1-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for program
CHEM1200 Chemistry 21 Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Chemistry is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Chemistry course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program.

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.


Chemistry (Single Major)


Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #2 from:
Recommended Courses
1 CHEM2050 Organic & Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM2054 Experimental Chemistry
  Choose courses from the BSc course list
2   CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry
Choose courses from the BSc course list


Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses

CHEM3004 Determination of Molecular Structure

CHEM3013 Nanoscience: Self-assembly

Choose at least #2 from1:
[CHEM3001 Advanced Organic Chemistry
[CHEM3010 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
2 CHEM3016 Advanced Experimental Chem OR
[CHEM3011 Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHEM3008 Medicinal & Biological Chemistry

CHEM3014Nanoscience: Synthesis
Choose courses from the BSc course list

1. It is compulsory for student to choose any one subject from: CHEM3001, CHEM3010 or CHEM3011



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