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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Course coordinatorMs Jenny Mosse


Applied chemistry explores the nature of molecular matter and change by applying the principles of chemistry to practical situations in industry, biotechnology and the environment. It has a strong emphasis on instrumental and analytical techniques.


On completion of the sequence in applied chemistry students will:

  • have a broad understanding of the nature of matter at a macroscopic and microscopic level
  • have achieved a broad understanding of the nature of chemical reactions
  • have developed skills in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of a variety of compounds
  • have achieved an insight into the nature and complexity of chemical reactions in the natural environment
  • have achieved and understanding of the nature and synthesis of organic compounds
  • understand the nature of natural compounds and their bioactivity
  • have developed skills in the written and oral presentation of reports
  • be prepared for further studies in chemical and allied sciences including undertaking higher research degrees
  • be prepared for employment in chemical and related scientific fields.


Level one

Level two

Level three

  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • CHM3730 Bioactive chemistry
  • CHM3742 Chemistry of aquatic systems and processes
  • ENV3726 Atmospheric processes

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in applied chemistry (24 points)

Major sequence in applied chemistry (48 points)

Details of the BTH and ENV units, and some related sequences, are described in the applied biology and resource and environmental management entries in this section of the Handbook.


Students seeking accreditation by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute should contact the school for advice on unit selection.