Why study chemistry?

Study chemistry through many courses or as a major in the Bachelor of Science and related double degrees. Chemistry offers laboratory-based training and a research-based component at all levels, providing a pathway to PhD studies.

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.

Career opportunities

Our students work in areas such as molecular genetics, biology, nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, energy, nutrition, sustainability and new technologies in computer and communication industries. Your role may be associated with water, fuels, air and atmosphere, nuclear interaction, forensics, medicines and food.

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Michael Chan,
Bachelor of Science

"The chemistry lab program is definitely a highlight of every week at university."

Chemistry placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.