Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

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Regulations

Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to your major (see below).

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 3 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91573, 91574, 91575, 91576, 91577, 91578, 91579, 91587
  • NCEA Level 3 Biology or NCEA Level 3 Physics

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) take one of the following courses first:

  • 124.103 Biophysical Principles or
  • 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science.

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses (or equivalents) are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

If you won’t have reached University Entrance before the summer semester begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please see below for a simplified plan.  Full regulations for the BSc should also be viewed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.  The regulations page will also outline course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you.

All Bachelor of Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree.  The first year structure, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Chemistry has similar first year core courses to several other majors available in the Bachelor of Science, allowing students to change their major before their second year.  Note that changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Requirements

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Please check changes for current students in 2020.

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Science the following is required:

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Completion of at least one major, consisting of 60 credits at 200 level and 60 credits at 300 level
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Courses

Auckland

100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
123.105 Chemistry and the Physical World

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses.  The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

Take all four:
123.206 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
123.210 Organic Chemistry Perspectives
123.201 Chemical energetics
123.271 Molecules to Materials

300-level courses in the major

Take all four:
123.331 Advanced Physical and Computational Chemistry
123.333 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
123.334 Research in Chemical Science
123.308 Advanced Organic Chemistry

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by checking the regulations.

Manawatū

100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
123.105 Chemistry and the Physical World

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses.  The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

Take all four:
123.201 Chemical energetics
123.271 Molecules to Materials
123.208 Chemical Analysis
123.207 Molecular Synthetic Chemistry

300-level courses in the major

Take all four:
123.308 Advanced Organic Chemistry
123.307 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
123.306 Molecular Structure and Dynamics
123.309 Modern Methods for Chemical Analysis

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by checking the regulations.

Not sure of your major yet?

You can change to any BSc major at the end of your first year. Moving from the first year of Chemistry to one of the majors below is particularly simple, as the required first year courses are similar. By choosing your courses and electives carefully to cover both majors you could easily swap over at the end of first year.

Majors

Note: Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Minors

A 'minor' is a group of at least four courses from a defined major's course schedule, including at least one course at high level. Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with chemistry include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.

  • Mathematics (160.101 Calculus)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (Auckland only) (courses: 122.102 and 162.101)
  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Manawatū only) (courses: 122.102 and 162.101)

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