The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to enrich the science of chemistry through the education of students from all disciplines, the training of future professional chemists, and the pursuit of knowledge. Chemistry probes the fundamental concepts of nature and helps us understand the world around us. It deals with all substances at the molecular level: their composition, their properties, and how they are transformed into new substances. Chemistry is a central science of great importance to society. It provides a broad range of opportunities in many specialized fields, including biotechnology, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, and medicine.