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What is Chemistry?

Why study Chemistry?

What is a Chemist?

What Do Chemists Do?

Where Do Chemists Work?                                   

… one or two atoms can convert a fuel to a poison, change a color, render an inedible substance edible, or replace a pungent odor with a fragrant one. That changing a single atom can have such consequences is the wonder of the chemical world.
P. W. Atkins, “Molecules”,W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 1987

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the science that helps us learn about the material world around us, from the tiniest particles within our bodies to the largest objects in the universe.

Why Study Chemistry?

A chemistry course is your ticket to understanding the world around you! It can also lead to an exciting career. From agriculture to zoology, from production to sales. In a forest, on a highway, or in a hospital, chemistry is everywhere and touches our lives in countless ways! Chemistry can be interesting and fun, too.

What is a Chemist?

A Scientist…

The work of a chemist can be challenging and exciting. Most chemists work in laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Chemists make new materials and discover ways to use known materials for new purposes.

A Problem Solver…

Chemists make contributions to the world around them by solving problems. Finding the solution to a problem often requires that a chemist work with other chemists, scientists, or with other types of workers: medical doctors, environmentalists, law enforcement officials, or even farmers.

An Important Part of the Work Force and the Economy…

Chemists produce many consumer products – from plastics to gasoline – and make special materials such as rocket fuel. Chemists are considered to be one of the most versatile of all employees and, therefore, can almost always find a job, even in tough economic times.

What Do Chemists Do?

A career in chemistry will provide you the opportunity to contribute in many specialized areas: the environment,manufacturing, medicine, transportation, polymers, teaching, safety, and law enforcement, for example. Work activities for the chemist can vary from collecting field samples to writing for a technical journal.

Where Do Chemists Work?

Chemists work in research; yet many research chemists spend a good deal of time in non-laboratory work environments. Some chemists are in production. Other chemists are employed in education, marketing, sales, computer programming, law, or libraries.

A small number of chemists work in nontraditional fields. Some are patent lawyers, science writers, editors, information specialists, investment bankers, business owners, technical librarians, consultants, personal recruiters, and art conservators.