What is chemistry?

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.

Why should I consider majoring in 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.

What interests and values are related to chemistry?

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.

What career fields are related to chemistry?

  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Biochemistry/Physics & Molecular Biology
  • Biological & Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Foods, Nutrition, & Related Services
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medicine (Pre-Medicine)
  • Medicine Clinical/Graduate Studies
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Pharmacy (Pre-Pharmacy)
  • Physical Science Technology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

How can I learn more about chemistry?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Contact Source:

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Location: Austin 106C

Phone: 208-496-9880

Email: CPSEacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu