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Chemistry is unique among the sciences in that it studies interactions between matter and energy at the atomic level. Why focus on atoms? Consider this - all of the matter that we see around us, a bird, a rock, or a computer screen, is made entirely out of atoms, yet there are only 80 or 90 kinds of atoms. How can such a small set of atomic building blocks produce so many different kinds of matter? The answer lies in the combining power of atoms. Putting atoms together in different combinations and arrangements creates different kinds of matter. This makes chemistry, which is the study of the "what, how, and why" of atom combination, an essential tool for understanding the natural world.

Upcoming Events

Chemistry Senior Thesis Library Meeting

Kelly Chacón and Robin Ford will lead this Library Session to prepare Chemistry and BMB seniors for the thesis experience. If your thesis adviser is in the...

9/17 5:00pm
Chemistry Seminar:  "Form follows function: exploring disease altered structures in skeletal muscle"

Anicca Harriot is a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her research focuses on...

9/19 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: "Illuminating the Bioinorganic Chemistry of Hormone Biology"

Marie Heffern is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, where she started in August 2017. She obtained a dual degree in...

9/26 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Casey Jones ('05), Ph.D.

Please join us for our weekly Chemistry seminar series. Dr. Casey Jones ('05) an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Lewis & Clark College. Her...

10/3 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Daniel Suess, Ph.D.

Please join us for our weekly Chemistry seminar series. Daniel Suess, Ph,D,, is an assistant professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of...

10/10 4:15pm

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