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Chemistry is the study of the miniaturized world of atoms and molecules. Chemists analyze the structure of this world of chemicals, discover the forces that govern chemical changes, and invent chemical reactions which create new molecules and materials for the benefit of mankind. For example, most of the clothes we wear and the containers that hold our food are made of synthetic fibers and polymers that were conceived and developed by chemists. Life-saving pharmaceuticals are designed and synthesized by chemists. The development of insecticides, cosmetics, fragrances, fertilizers, and high tech materials are other examples of the impact of chemistry on society.

At Illinois Tech, students become well trained for industrial careers in research and development, chemical analysis, or chemical manufacturing and marketing. The Illinois Tech chemistry programs also provides excellent pre-professional training for careers in medicine, law, business, and other areas of science and healthcare.