At Dickson College, students can complete a Major or Minor in Chemistry. But what is Chemistry all about?

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them.

Chemistry is an incredibly fascinating field of study because it is so fundamental to our world, it plays a role in everyone's lives and touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way. Chemistry is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, and clean air, water and soil. Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life in numerous ways by providing new solutions to problems in health, materials, and energy usage. Thus, studying chemistry is useful in preparing us for the real world.

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because it joins together physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences. Chemistry is also central to many new and exciting technologies, including nanotechnology, and drug design and development.

Knowledge of the nature of chemicals and chemical processes therefore provides insights into a variety of physical and biological phenomena. Knowing something about chemistry is worthwhile because it provides an excellent basis for understanding the physical universe we live in. For better or for worse, everything is chemical!

Chemistry students at Dickson College compete in the annual RACI Titration Stakes, a nation-wide titration competition. Students are also involved in Science Week, visiting ANU to attend the highly entertaining lecture of Doctor Peter Wothers from the U.K.

The following units of work are offered through the Chemistry course:

  • Introductory Chemistry
    Matter and Materials, Atomic Theory, Bonding and Properties, Molecules and Intermolecular Forces, The Mole, Reactions in Water
  • Acids, Redox and Organic Chemistry
    Acids and Bases, Redox, Organic Chemistry and Polymers
  • Physical Chemistry
    Gases, Thermochemistry, Modern Atomic Theory, Reaction Kinetics and Equilibrium
  • Biochemistry
    Introduction to Biochemistry, Biomolecules, Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis, Genetic Engineering