Bachelor of Science (Chemical Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 002153M

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Course Description

When completing a Chemical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science you may choose between a graduate pathway to Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering.

What is Chemical Engineering?

Imagine cleaning up industrial waste spills in areas as remote as the Antarctic, helping to extract gold and copper from mineral ores, reducing atmospheric pollution by capturing sulphur emissions, or designing a new process for making shampoo.

Chemical engineering involves industrial-scale processes in which materials undergo chemical or physical changes to produce things we need for everyday life. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement these processes to produce pharmaceuticals, metals, fuels, plastics, paper, fabric and biochemical processes. You could make a difference to the environment by developing methods for cleaner production, air pollution control, environmental bioremediation, sustainable development and waste treatment by chemical and biological processes.

How to study Chemical Engineering

1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science

Complete a Chemical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science.

More information about the Bachelor of Science.

2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering

To graduate as a Chemical Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete either:

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Chemical Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

Career outcomes

Career opportunities in chemical engineering are extensive and exist in petrochemical, minerals processing, mining, chemical manufacturing, natural gas, explosives and fertiliser production and environmental consulting.

Our graduates are employed in a diverse range of industries, for companies including: ExxonMobil, BP, PETRONAS, Schlumberger, Nyrstar, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Worley Parsons, ThyssenKrupp, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Wood Group PSN, GHD, AECOM, Mars and Unilever.

What is Biochemical Engineering?

Imagine designing the processes that make pharmaceuticals for better treatment of diseases, developing biofuel production facilities to reduce our carbon footprint, optimising the quality of recycled wastewater, or creating the best structure for ultimate flavour and texture of cheese.

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells. This can include industrial processes such as the brewing of beer, the production of drugs using recombinant bacteria, biological waste treatment and the production of food additives and cosmetics.

This course was developed to create graduates who are ready to enter a variety of industries, including:

  • Food and beverage processing, bulk dairy manufacture, fast-moving consumer goods
  • Pharmaceutical manufacture
  • Environmental processes

How to study Biochemical Engineering

1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science

Complete a Chemical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science.

More information about the Bachelor of Science.

2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering

To graduate as a Biochemical Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete the Master of Engineering (Biochemical).

Career outcomes

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Biochemical Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large-scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells and design novel bioprocesses that have applications in the production of bioproducts, such as cosmetics, cheese, beer, wine, biofuels and pharmaceuticals. You may enter a variety of industries including: food and beverage processing; pharmaceutical manufacture; cosmetics; biological waste treatment and bioremediation.

Employment opportunities exist with companies, such as CSL Limited, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), National Foods, Nestlé, Mondelez International and Melbourne Water and with organisations such as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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