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Chemistry Study the structure, composition, behaviour, and energetics of substances. Chemistry is known as the central science because it lies between Physics and Mathematics on the one hand, and Biological and Earth Sciences on the other.
Chemistry Study the structure, composition, behaviour, and energetics of substances. Chemistry is known as the central science because it lies between Physics and Mathematics on the one hand, and Biological and Earth Sciences on the other.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

School: Chemistry

Study mode: Full-time


Bachelor of Science in the field of Physical Science (Chemistry): Programme code SBA12

Chemistry is concerned with matter and how it changes. As a chemist, you will study the structure, composition, behaviour, and energetics of substances. You will explore what happens when atoms and molecules react, and try to understand the underlying changes that occur. You will observe phenomena in the world around us, and your discoveries could impact our everyday lives.

Chemistry trains you to think logically, analytically, and creatively. Basic Chemistry skills have applications in patent law, commerce, management and teaching, drawing on the language of Mathematics and the laws of Physics to describe the world from a chemical, biological, and physical point of view. Chemistry plays a vital part in our understanding of the structure and interactions of matter in the universe.

  • Administrators
  • Agricultural Research
  • Applied Chemical Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemical Services
  • Consultants
  • Environmental Research
  • Food and Drink Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry Research
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Materials Research
  • Medical Research
  • Patents
  • Pesticides Industry
  • Petrochemical Industry
  • Personal Care Chemistry
  • Sales of Scientific Equipment
  • Science Publishing
  • Science Teacher
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Treatment and Analysis
  • Quality Control and Management

Chemistry I


Mathematics I (Major):

  • Algebra I
  • Calculus I


Auxiliary Mathematics I


Any two other Level I courses

Recommended courses:

  • Introductory Life Science I
  • Physics I


  • Physics I (Auxiliary)
  • Chemistry IIA
  • Chemistry IIB


Applied Chemistry II


Any other Level II course depending on other course sets

  • Chemistry IIIA
  • Chemistry IIIB


  • Applied Chemistry IIIA
  • Applied Chemistry IIIB


Any other Level III major

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 6

Physical Science Level 5


Applicants with 40-41 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

National Benchmark Test

All Faculty of Science applicants must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 12 results to identify students who may need additional support during the course of their studies.

Rules for the NBT

You must register on the NBT website, or via mobile phone, to write the tests. Registration closes about three weeks before each test date. You can register for the NBT before you submit your application to Wits. DO NOT wait for an official notification from Wits to register for and write the tests, because you may miss the end of September deadline.

  • The test fee can be paid once you have registered to write the test.
  • The tests must be written by 31 October 2022. You are encouraged to write the tests as early as possible.
  • For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and available venues, please refer to the NBT website
  • Both tests must be written in one session.
  • ONLY the first attempt results will be considered so we advise against writing the tests more than once in a year.

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2022 | Residence Applications: 30 September 2022

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.