Chemistry is referred to as the "central science" because it connects other sciences to one another. For example, Biology, Physics, the Earth Sciences, and Geology are all connected through Chemistry. The Encyclopedia Brittanica defines Chemistry as:
The science that deals with the properties, composition, and structure of substances (defined as elements and compounds), the transformations they undergo, and the energy that is released or absorbed during these processes. Every substance, whether naturally occurring or artificially produced, consists of one or more of the hundred-odd species of atoms that have been identified as elements. Although these atoms, in turn, are composed of more elementary particles, they are the basic building blocks of chemical substances; there is no quantity of oxygen, mercury, or gold, for example, smaller than an atom of that substance. Chemistry, therefore, is concerned not with the subatomic domain but with the properties of atoms and the laws governing their combinations and how the knowledge of these properties can be used to achieve specific purposes.
The OSU Department of Chemistry offers several Chemistry degrees. Do you want to be a physician? Find a cure for cancer? Create new and better products people use everyday? Click here to look at the different degree plans offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Chemistry isn't a boring old class in High School - it's a whole wide world of possibilities, and you could be a part of that!
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