The science that underpins all science

The reach of chemistry has no limits - everything around us is made of atoms and molecules - so understanding chemistry means understanding life.

Why study Chemistry?

Through chemistry, we investigate the properties, structures and reactions of the substances that make up matter. We can then use the results from these investigations to create new substances. And these substances can and do change lives.

Chemists develop and improve both natural and artificial products including the water we drink, the food we eat and the clothes we wear. They work with fuels, air and atmosphere, materials and polymers, forensics and medicines. From using a tube of toothpaste in the morning to the invention of life-changing medications to ensuring the environmental safety of an oil rig: we encounter the work of chemists in every direction we look.

Our laboratory-based training gives you the opportunity to be a part of the next generation of chemistry.

Where can Chemistry take me?

Chemistry really can take you anywhere you wish to go. Our graduates work in areas such as analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular genetics, biology, nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, energy, nutrition, sustainability and new technologies in materials science and communication industries.

If you choose not to pursue research, our undergraduate science degree will teach you problem solving, creative thinking, report writing and many other transferable skills that will make you employable in a number of professions.

Why La Trobe?

  • Students have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world with the new $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building.
  • Small class sizes mean you'll work closely with our teaching staff – learning directly from the experts in the field.
  • You can choose to get involved with community based outreach programs in primary and secondary schools. This builds connections and skills that will increase your employability.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours in Chemistry awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on those teaching Chemistry and Physics.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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