Often praised as the central science, chemistry serves as a bridge between the other physical sciences, including biology, geology, and physics. Chemistry is the study of matter, or the substance of physical objects, with a focus on composition, structure, properties, and change.
Dozens and dozens of career paths require you to think with clarity, prioritize responsibilities, and master daily and long-range challenges. Studying chemistry sharpens your mind for keystone obligations like analysis, creativity, team-building, and decision-making.
As a chemistry student, you will study atomic and molecular interactions and transformations—the dominant subject matter of chemistry. Chemists are particularly interested in how atoms of different elements combine to form chemical compounds. For instance, water is a chemical compound. Life on Earth would be more than tough without it.
Climate change has forced humankind to rethink energy production and consumption. Huge advances have been made since Alessandro Volta invented the first electrical battery in 1799. Chemists can take credit for ongoing improvements to lithium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and solid-state batteries, which are shaping up as the energy-storage solutions of the future.
Chemistry majors can choose from a wide variety rewarding occupations directly related to their education. Just a sampling of intriguing careers options include analytical chemist, biotechnologist, chemical engineer, forensic scientist, nanotechnologist, pharmacologist, toxicologist, geochemist, organic chemist, materials scientist, and environmental scientist.
Chemistry is a legacy tree with five main branches: organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, and biochemistry. Chemists are the linchpins on state-of-the-science projects focused on high-performance lubricants, nanopesticides, hypersonic travel, 3D bioprinting, aqueous microdroplets, molecular mixing, enzyme evolution, and much more. What will materialize as chemistry’s next big thing?
Chemists are working on vanguard programs linked to crafting a more beneficial environment, smarter renewable energy, sustainable food systems, more effective healthcare, and a cleaner, inexhaustible water supply. Failure in any one of these critical infrastructural mainstays could be catastrophic.
Our Transfer Pathway A.S. gives you the credits you need to transfer with junior-year status to a chemistry baccalaureate program at one of seven Minnesota State universities. Your education at Inver Hills will be the chemical reaction that sparks your career success.
Careers in chemistry, the central science, are linked to a huge variety of subdisciplines, including biochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, agrochemistry, marine chemistry and many more.
As a chemistry major, you will develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for rewarding careers in scientific research and healthcare, including pharmacy.