Your complete guide to studying Chemistry

Everything you need to know about studying Chemistry in 2023

part of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Chemistry studies the structure and properties of substances, and how they react in different combinations. These reactions and insights are then used to create new substances. Chemistry can be divided into 5 main branches or subdisciplines: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Analytical Chemistry.

People are sometimes confused about the differences between Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Chemical Engineering is more specialised and overlaps with other disciplines, like Physics, Mathematics, and Biology to produce, improve, and test new materials and useful products. In other words, Chemical Engineering takes the discoveries of Chemistry and applies them practically to improve our society.

During a Chemistry degree, students can expect to take classes in Chemical Analysis, Laboratory Techniques, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Calculus, Computer Applications in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences, etc.

Many of the items we use daily are based on the work and discoveries made in the field of Chemistry. Think about hairsprays, detergents, pills, bug repellents, chemical disinfectants, food products, and so on.

Pursuing a Chemistry degree leads to careers in research and science in disciplines such as chemical engineering, pharmaceutics, or the public sector. Some of the highest paid career prospects are as analytical chemists, engineers, healthcare scientists, toxicologists or research scientists.

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