Chemical principles apply everywhere. Medical innovations, understanding the environment, the oil industry and the production of practically everything we use daily are examples of areas where knowledge of chemistry is decisive.
Chemical knowledge has been crucial to the prosperity we experience today. However, at the same time as chemical progress has simplified everyday life, it has also caused pollution and other environmental problems. Without knowledge about chemistry we will be unable to solve these problems and create a more sustainable development.
Thus, our knowledge can be used both to obtain positive results and to understand and minimise negative effects, involving fascinating challenges for you as a chemist.
Knowledge of chemistry is necessary
In numerous professions, chemistry is used daily. Knowledge of chemistry is necessary for the production of food and drinks. Our drinking water is safe because chemical analyses are conducted regularly and the water is treated with chemicals. Drugs, colouring, plastic, and new materials are produced chemically from natural raw materials. Chemical analyses are becoming increasingly more important in medicine, criminal cases and many other fields. In farming and aquaculture, knowledge of chemistry is the foundation for increased crop production and the prevention of plant and animal diseases. One of the world's largest industries today is petrochemistry where crude oil is converted into a host of useful products.
Bachelor's programme in Chemistry
The bachelor's programme in Chemistry at NTNU gives a strong, fundamental introduction to the basic disiplines within chemistry, as general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Further, the programme includes advanced methological courses which includes spectroscopic methods and chromatography. Supplementary courses in mathematichs, statistics and physics are also included in the programme. In the last year of study, the students can choose to specialize through advanced courses within applied theoretical chemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry, organic chemistry or structural chemistry.
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