Chemistry is the science of matter and energy – the study of the makeup and structure of substances, how atoms and molecules react and interact, and how that behaviour can be harnessed to transform materials, medicine, and technology.

Your studies will take place in our brand new state-of-the-art chemistry building, with sophisticated laboratories, learning and research spaces, as well as inspiring interactive facilities. The chemistry department at Monash is among the top in the world. This is truly where the global shift to innovative chemistry begins.

In this major you will cover aspects of synthetic, analytical and physical chemistry, with emphasis on the environment, materials, medicine, biology and sustainability. We place a strong emphasis on research, innovative teaching and science education, developing students in modern chemical practice and problem-solving.

As chemistry is the foundation for a range of more specialised disciplines, your career scope is wide and exciting. You might choose to apply your expertise in medical research, the technology industry, environmental sciences, food science, forensics, research and development or academia. Your analytical and logical-thinking skills will also be of interest to the legal, financial, and commercial worlds.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

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