Chemistry is study of the composition, structure, properties, and interactions of matter. Chemistry arose from attempts by people to transform metals into gold beginning about AD 100, an effort that became known as alchemy. Modern chemistry was established in the late 18th century, scientists began identifying and verifying through scientific experimentation the elemental processes and interactions that create the gases, liquids, and solids that compose our physical world. As the field of chemistry developed in the 19th and 20 th centuries, chemists learned how to create new substances that have many important applications in our lives. Chemistry is often called the central science, because its interests lie between those of physics (which focuses on single substances) and biology (which focuses on complicated life processes).
The chemistry curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students planning careers in industrial or governmental laboratories or graduate work. The chemistry department offers analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry specializations.
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