Chemistry is concerned with the composition and properties of everything around us, as well as how one substance can be converted into another. This includes both simple, everyday substances such as oxygen in the air we breathe, and highly complex molecules such as proteins and DNA. The School of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science degree program for students with broad interests in the chemical sciences, and who may also want to strengthen their scientific understanding by taking subjects in other areas such as biology and earth sciences. On the other hand, the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry degree caters to those who wish to specialize in techniques for developing new molecules that can be used to treat bacterial infections or other diseases such as cancer. The Bachelor of Science (Bionanotechnology) offers students the opportunity to study an emerging field that combines principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to understand and control biological processes at the molecular level.
Students undertaking the above degree programs at the University of Wollongong can be confident that they will receive a world-class education that prepares them for their future career path. Our staff routinely reflects upon their educational practices to ensure our approaches to teaching and learning are both contemporary and effective. Students attending chemistry classes will also have the benefit of being introduced to the latest discoveries and theories by researchers with international reputations. Evidence of this is provided by the latest Excellence In Research For Australia (ERA) initiative conducted by the Australian Federal Government in 2012. This exercise concluded that the chemical research program at the University of Wollongong was one of only two in New South Wales, and six in Australia, whose overall quality was “Well Above World Standard”.
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