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Chemistry

Chemistry focuses on reactions, molecular structures and the underlying processes at the atomic level.This major has a high focus on practical work and most subjects have an equal focus on organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. While the first year subjects Chemistry 1 and 2 can be considered extensions of VCE, second year and third year subjects have a lot of new material, including everything from new reactions to the theory of lasers. A bit of first year physics or maths is a massive help, especially with the physical chemistry components. In second year, all practical work is contained within a single subject and the other two main subjects are theory based with an equal distribution among the three main areas. The practical subject is a lot of fun, including an introduction to computational chemistry, but can be quite time demanding, especially with contact hours. If you have an opportunity while completing second year to have a lighter load in one semester, pick the one in which you’re completing the practical subject. In third year, the core theory subject and the practical subject follow a similar structure to their second year equivalents. The practical subject has a higher contact hour commitment than the second year version, in exchange for more interesting practicals. The other two main subjects that make up the major each allow you to pick three topics out of a list of five to six topics covering a large range of areas and often directly correlates to the research areas of the lecturers. Speaking of research, there is also a research project subject which allows you to spend part of the semester doing a research project as part of a research group, which is a lot of fun and is considered to be the best third year chemistry subject.