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Bachelor of Science (EcoChemistry)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 051757K

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This program trains students in how to address environmental issues such as the greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion, the use of pesticides and air, water and soil pollution using core training in chemistry. Students are introduced to emerging areas including ‘green’ (environmentally benign) chemistry and the environmental implications of traditional and modern chemical industries. 


  • Entry Requirements

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    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Applicants who have studied Chemistry 1 and/or Molecular and Cell Biology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses.
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Chemistry plus one of Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Geology, Psychology.

    IB: Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one other Science subject (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies, Physics

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Level I Chemistry and/or Level I Biology at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 051757K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 13
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Chemistry plus one of Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Geology, Psychology.

    IB: Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one other Science subject (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Chemistry and one other subject chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Geology.
    Assumed Knowledge Mathematics and Physics an advantage
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in:

    • Agricultural industries
    • Chemical and analytical sectors
    • Environmental management and remediation
    • Environmental science including climate change
    • Mining
    • Natural heritage
    • Urban redevelopment sectors


    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Environmental Chemist, Research Scientist, Environmental Scientist, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Soil Scientist, Lecturer, Biodiversity Assessment, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Laboratory Manager, Analytical Chemist, Biochemist, Geochemist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    First year involves core studies in chemistry, biology and earth sciences. Second year has a strong focus on chemistry, including specialist studies in environmental, biological and analytical chemistry, but students also supplement their studies with optional courses in related environmental or ecological areas. Field-based collection and measurement is a popular feature of second year. In third year, students focus on advanced topics that examine the relationship between chemistry and the environment. In particular, students develop expertise in chemical synthesis and gain an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of compounds of contemporary environmental significance. Students also undertake investigative and research activities into contemporary eco-chemical problems.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    There is also a range of non-core course offerings to suit student interests and strengths at all study levels.

    Level I

    Semester 1 (core courses)

    Semester 2 (core courses)*

    Plus Level I science electives

    * Students may not present BIOLOGY 1201: Biology I: Human Perspectives.

    Level II

    Semester 1 (core courses)

    • CHEM 2512: Chemistry IIA (Ecochemistry)
    • CHEM 2530: Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II

    Semester 2 (core courses)

    Plus Level II courses to the value of 6 units from the following list;

    Semester 1  (at least one from:)

    Semester 2 (at least one from:)

    Plus Level II science electives with Program Coordinator approval. 

    Level III

    Semester 1 (core courses)

    Semester 2 (core courses)

    • CHEM 3211: Heterocyclic Chemistry & Molecular Devices III
    • CHEM 3212: Materials Chemistry III

    Plus passes in additional Level III courses to the value of 9 units chosen from:

    Summer Semester

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    *Students should undertake either CHEM 3540 (Semester 1) or CHEM 3542 (Semester 2)

    (MS) Semester 2 course taught in mid-semester break


    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, presentations, practical work, tutorial work and exams.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017