Chemistry is the study of materials, their composition and their reactions with other materials. It involves the study of both substance and energy. Chemistry focuses on composition, characteristics, changes, reactions and uses of matter. Major sub-branches of chemistry include inorganic and organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, biochemistry and physical chemistry.
Chemistry is important because it is used to produce food, clothing, drugs, plastics, paper, etc. It is crucial to environmental protection efforts as well as to mankind's health and safety. Chemists constantly strive to develop new resources and improve existing ones. Chemists are demanded highly in a variety of areas, including medicine and environmental protection. To better prepare chemistry graduates for the diverse career opportunities available, BYU-Idaho offers a variety of emphases within the major: teaching, business, or biochemistry/molecular biology. Students can also earn a comprehensive chemistry major.
Chemistry students should desire to care for the intellectual health and safety of others. They should be able to work independently, pay attention to details, be willing to take risks and assume responsibility. Chemistry students should be curious and desire to observe, study, analyze and create substances.
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