Areas of Chemistry

Technical Disciplines


Analytical Chemistry

The art and science of determining what matter is and how much of it exists.

Organic Chemistry

The study of the structure, properties, and reactions of compounds and materials that contain carbon atoms.

Physical Chemistry

The study of how matter behaves on a molecular and atomic level and how chemical reactions occur.


The study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems.

Inorganic Chemistry

The study of properties and behavior of inorganic compounds—those that are not organic (carbon-containing), which include metals, minerals and organometallic compounds.

Polymer Chemistry

Polymer chemists study large, complex molecules (polymers) that are built up from many smaller (sometimes repeating) units.


Applied Areas of Chemistry