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The science of chemistry has its origins in the questions, “What is the world made of?”, “How is it put together?”, and “How does it change?” These simple sounding questions have challenged many of history’s greatest thinkers, including Aristotle, Galileo and Isaac Newton. Because chemistry focuses on the fundamental building blocks of nature, it remains a fascinating field of study and an exciting intellectual challenge.

As the study of chemistry has developed, it has become known as the “central science” because it forms the bridge between physics, biology, medicine, engineering and environmental science. To effectively work and solve problems in any of these fields a thorough understanding of the nature of the materials involved is essential. For this reason, practicing chemists can be found working in every sector of modern technology from agriculture to nanotechnology. Today, chemists can find careers developing new drugs, synthesizing superconductors, analyzing evidence in forensic laboratories, and developing new green energy technologies.

If you enjoy an intellectual challenge, or if these careers sound exciting to you, consider pursuing a degree in chemistry at Randolph College.