Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. It’s in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the water you drink, the medicines you take, the air you breathe, and cleaners you use. In fact, chemistry is sometimes called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other: biology, physics, geology and environmental science.
Beyond just understanding this complex, invisible world around us, the study of chemistry also gives you the opportunity to solve important problems for society. Maybe your research turns into the cure for a disease. Maybe you find a better way to sanitize water for people in remote areas. Perhaps your research allows companies to produce food more efficiently.
Because chemistry is in everything around us, your research could allow you to explore any interest you have. In the Department of Chemistry at UNO, the coursework is rigorous and faculty have high expectations. Understanding the world on the molecular scale requires effort while application of the concepts you learn takes practice.
The theory learned in lecture and texts is practiced in the lab – both hands on synthesis and analysis of compounds, as well as dynamic modeling of molecules using computers.
Students wanting to become doctors, physicists, nutritionists, geologists, and pharmacists all study chemistry. Chemistry also translates well to the business world, as it supplies students with the timeless knowledge and skills that are an asset to many organizations.