BP229 - Bachelor of Science

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Plan: BP229APCH - Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry)
Award abbreviation: BSc(AppChem)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: Six semesters full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 019999
CRICOS code: 074349C

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Purpose of the Program

This program allows you to prepare for a career as a scientist in the field of chemistry. You will study the molecular basis of chemical reactions with the opportunity to put these studies into practice in practical laboratory sessions. The basic concepts associated with inorganic, organic and physical chemistry are applied in analysis, synthesis and detection of chemical substances. You will have a capstone experience in ONPS2186 Science Project when you will use all your knowledge and skills to work in teams to develop and implement your own research project. Your studies in chemistry will prepare you for a career in industry, academia or in teaching.

The Science degree and plan of  Chemistry has a common first year which ensures that all students have a foundation of academic experience across the range of science. This breadth of experience will enhance your employability and also enable you to make an informed decision about your intended major and/ or any individualisation of your course of study. Within the School of Applied Sciences the BSc programs provide you with the opportunity and ability to apply scientific principles and practice in commercial enterprises and research establishments in a safe and environmentally and socially acceptable manner. When you graduate you will have a sound scientific knowledge as a foundation for a professional career in your field and as a basis for life-long learning in a changing global market shaped by economic, cultural, environmental and regulatory forces.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

If you have completed a nationally accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a related field of science study, you may be granted an exemption of up to 96 or 144 credit points, respectively. You must demonstrate academic merit in your performance through an official transcript of results and completion.

Students in the generic BP229P7 plan, but interested in Applied Chemistry, may choose to change plans to the Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry), BP229APCH; this implies that the degree named on your testamur will include Chemistry. If you remain in the generic BP229P7 and major in chemistry, the words Chemistry will only appear on your transcript.

 Students in BP229P7 with high GPA may be invited to change to BH101 Dean's Scholar program.


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education, or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English. 

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent. 

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is currently accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

The following organisations offer membership to graduates who have successfully completed the recommended courses in the chemistry plan and major.

  • The Australian Biochemical Society (ABS)
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Membership in professional bodies adds credibility to your area of expertise. You have the opportunity to access a wide range of industrial contacts through the extensive range of research programs within the School, many of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organizations.

This program has access to a Program Advisory Committee which is comprised of external members drawn from diverse industries and institutions. These provide further opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs to future employers.

The academic area of chemistry has a number of industry contacts, relationships and adjunct professors who can help students with their study as well as offer advice on professional careers. These contacts are made initially through your university lecturers and program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library


As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library and most areas of campus.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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