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.

What you study

The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

Core engineering studies include mathematics and fluid dynamics. Chemical Engineering study areas include chemical process analysis, reactor engineering, bioprocess engineering, heat and mass transport and particle mechanics and processing.

The Chemical Engineering specialisation promotes development of practical, laboratory-based skills, combined with expertise in computing and simulation. Students have the opportunity to complete a project with an industry partner.

Completing a Chemical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science qualifies you to graduate as a Chemical Engineer with professional accreditation, after completing one of these graduate courses:

Career outcomes

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

Our graduates are employed in a diverse range of industries, for companies including: ExxonMobil, BP, PETRONAS, Schlumberger, Nyrstar, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo Coal, Worley Parsons, Uhde Shedden, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), Production Services Network (PSN), GHD, URS Corporation, ENSR Australia, 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.

What you study

To graduate as a Biochemical Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Chemical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Biochemical).

The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

Core engineering studies include systems design, mathematics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Biochemical engineering study areas include food engineering, pharmaceutical production and bioenvironmental engineering.

Career outcomes

Career opportunities exist in various industries including: food and beverage processing; pharmaceutical manufacture; cosmetics; biological waste treatment and bioremediation.

Biochemical engineering graduates can find employment with companies such as: CSL Limited, GlaxoSmithKline, National Foods, Nestle, Mondelez International and Melbourne Water and with organisations such as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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