Chemistry Department


What is chemistry and biochemistry, and why study them?

Chemistry, more than any other field of the natural sciences, is concerned with the properties and behavior of materials, and how these properties are related to molecular scale structures and events. Because all scientists and engineers work with materials, all require at least a basic knowledge of chemistry. Furthermore, chemistry has important applications in fields as disparate as medicine, art, politics, and law.

Biochemistry may be viewed as the application of chemistry to biology. In other words, it attempts to describe the functioning of living organisms in terms of the properties and coordinated action of molecules, ions, and atoms. Biochemistry is a field that encompasses both chemistry and biology, and at Union requires study within both the Chemistry and Biology Departments.

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