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Chemistry is often referred to as the central science.  It joins together physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and earth and environmental sciences.  Chemistry is fundamental to our world.  It plays a role in everyone's lives and touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way.  Thus, studying chemistry is useful in preparing us for the real world.  

Obviously, a chemistry background is important if you plan to teach chemistry or to work in the chemical industry.  It is also useful for a career in a variety of other fields, including environmental science, biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical science, art conservation, forensic science, and patent law.  Many students have found that having a chemistry background gives them a distinct advantage in professional programs.

Whatever your future career goals are, you should examine chemistry as a college major.  A degree in chemistry communicates to a future employer that you are a serious student, willing to work hard for your degree.  A degree in Chemistry will command respect from others and is an accomplishment of which you can be proud.