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Chemistry - Admissions & Scope

Chemistry is the study of matter and its properties and components at the molecular level. It is basically study of reactions in for of separation or combination in respect of another matter or energy. It is the study of atoms their reactions forming molecules and its study.

At the core level the study is divided in two parts. The study of hydrocarbons is referred as Organic Chemistry whereas the study of other metals and gases which does not comprise of the element Carbon is called as Inorganic Chemistry. Organic Chemistry is called as Chemistry of Life” because all of the molecules that make up living tissue have carbon as part of their makeup.

What is it all about?

‘By Definition Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.

As it study matter at the core level it often overlaps with other branch of science namely Physics Biology and Radiology. Chemistry has 5 sub disciples.

  • Analytical Chemistry:  It is the study of composition of matter by separating, identifying and quantifying the chemicals in the matter.

  • Organic Chemistry: It is the study of chemicals containing carbon. It is widely studied as most of the chemicals found in all living organisms are based on carbon.

  • Inorganic Chemistry: It is the study of chemicals that do not contain carbon in general.

  • Physical Chemistry: It is the study of the macroscopic properties, chemical reactions, and energy transfer at the molecular level.

  • Biochemistry: It is the study of Chemical and cellular changes that occur in living organisms.

Eligibility

A Bachelor’s Program in Chemistry is of minimum 3 years duration and the eligibility for this program is 10+2 with minimum 50% marks in Chemistry as subject. It can only be done by students of science stream.

Aspirants for MS in Chemistry must clear their B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry or equivalent degree. They can further pursue Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Chemistry after the successful completion of this course.

                

Scope:

After completion of B.Sc. in Chemistry one can choose to either garner some work experience by looking out for jobs in various fields, or choose to pursue higher education from Universities in India or abroad. There are various colleges and universities in USA, China, Japan, and Germany which one can choose to study from.  

There are various job opportunities available for both graduates and undergraduates. Apart from the jobs, one can also choose to do Ph.D. in area of choice by doing research. After PhD one can also opt for Post Doctorate which is usually to give you a lifelong experience of knowledge and adventure.

Apart from the conventional jobs one can choose to work as a forensic scientist or R&D in food sector. There are upcoming field for Chemistry graduates.

Types of degrees

There are plethoras of program to specialize in chemistry for both graduates and undergraduates degrees. It is the one of the most widely studied subject and hence offers both short-term and long-term courses.

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) In Chemistry (3 years)
  • M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry (1 – 2 years )
  • M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry (2 – 3 years)
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry (2 years )
  • M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry (1 – 5 Years )
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry ( specialization subject ) (1 – 5 years )
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (3 years )
  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (3 years )
  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry (3 years )
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry ( 3 years )
  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology (3 years )

There are various international universities and colleges which also offer graduate and undergraduate Program in Chemistry. The undergraduate program remains the same moreover, irrespective of the university or college. For the graduate program there are various fields available for specialization.

  • B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry (3 years )
  • M.Sc. In Food Chemistry (2 years )
  • M.Sc. In Structural Chemistry (2 years )
  • M.Sc. in Molecular Sciences (2 years )
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (3 – 4 years )
  • Ph.D. in Medicinal chemistry (3 years )
  • Ph.D. in Organic chemistry (3 years )
  • Ph.D. in Applied chemistry (3 years )

Top universities

There are a lot of colleges and universities abroad to study in Chemistry.

  • MIT (USA)
  • University Of Cambridge (UK)
  • Stanford University (US)
  • Harvard University (US)
  • University Of California ( US )
  • Imperial College ( UK )
  • California Institute Of Technology (US)
  • Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology (Zurich)
  • University Of Pennsylvania
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • University of Chicago (US)
  • University Of Tokyo (Japan)

Career Prospects

Chemistry is branch of science with numerous sub disciples and specialization courses are offered in the same. It opens up numerous avenues to work post graduation. As said earlier it is interrelated with other branches of science, one can also try out for jobs in Engineering, Radiology, Medicine, Research etc.

There are various companies who hire graduates. They belong to different sectors namely:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Chemical Laboratories
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Educational Institutes
  • Health Care Industry
  • Cosmetics and Perfume Industry
  • Metallurgical Industries
  • Petrochemicals Companies
  • Plastics and Polymer Industry

Job position & job description

There are various opportunities in the different fields of science.

  • Chemist: The primary job is to study the different chemical reactions which occur during the manufacturing of drugs medicines and cosmetics.
  • Toxicologist: He studies the effects of chemicals and toxins on living organism
  • Lab Assistant: He supervises and assists in the experiments in pharmaceutical companies and laboratories.
  • Analytical Chemist: He studies the chemical compositions and behaviors of various matters
  • Biotechnologist: He develops products from living systems commonly known as genetically derived materials.
  • Chemical engineer: He develops and designs chemical manufacturing processes in the production of food, drugs, fuel etc.
  • Technical Writer: He writes about the technical properties of chemical and other elements through a variety of delivery mediums.
  • Pharmacologist: He studies the effects of drugs on living organism. It consists of sources, chemical properties, biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs
  • Research scientist (physical sciences): He conducts scientific research to advance knowledge in an area of interest.
  • Scientific laboratory technician: He is responsible of working, operating, dealing with issues and maintaining with the instruments.
  • Teacher:  He is capable of teaching the chemical subjects to students and give them in depth knowledge.

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