Chemistry investigates matter (anything that has mass and occupies space), studying its atomic and molecular basis and the transformations it can undergo. Within science, chemistry is often referred to as the central discipline, for the simple reason that when matter is involved, chemical knowledge is required. Chemical research occurs both at the fundamental and applied level and is vital in developing, amongst others, new materials, environmental benign processes (reducing both pollution and energy consumption), and drugs.

At University College Utrecht you obtain theoretical knowledge and insight, as well as practical and experimental skills, in order to cope with issues of chemical nature. After the introductory course in chemistry the track  branches out in three main lines: chemistry of materials, physical chemistry and chemistry of life. In the central materials path both organic and inorganic chemistry are addressed., Students learn about the properties of compounds derived from the elements in the various groups of the periodic system and obtain insight into how molecules and materials are formed by chemical reactions. For those more interested in theory, chemistry, mathematics and physics can be combined in the physical chemistry path. When following the biochemistry path you explore the highly sophisticated way nature performs chemistry in living systems. This molecular insight in the functioning and metabolism of living systems combined with reaction mechanisms and strategies serves to understand the chemistry of developing (new) medicines. In all paths, courses offered at Utrecht University can also be taken. Ask the chemistry fellow for information.