Magical Careers in Environmental Chemistry

Christie Johnson, Mathematics, Lincoln Heights Academy

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Why Study Chemistry? Chemistry is essential to understanding many fields including agriculture, animal science, geology, medicine, and biology and material science. What is chemistry? “Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and, molecular systems. In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals. Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways. In this unit I will highlight the careers and interests of chemists in environmental fields.