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Chemistry is the study of matter, its make up and the processes that cause matter to change from one form to another. It is also the study of the interactions of matter with heat, electromagnetic radiation, or any number of phenomena under various conditions.
The realm of chemistry is everywhere, the soil, water, atmosphere or any biological system such as the human body, the egg of a bluebird or a flowering plant. Understanding the interactions of chemical compounds within these systems gives us a greater awareness of the capabilities of the system, how the system survives stress and how the system can be manipulated for positive effects. The study of the chemistry of one system often leads to a greater understanding of other, similar systems.
The study of chemistry is vast, and chemists can be found working on practically any type of project, from testing water samples for pollutants or other foreign matter, to developing many new products from clothing, to food, to drugs. Chemists can also be found collaborating with specialists in other fields such as anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, geology, pharmacology and physics. Whatever other systems or sciences you may be interested in, it can probably be studied through chemistry.
If you would like more information about chemistry at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Neil Buckley, Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 221
Phone: (518) 564-5165