It’s hard to believe that magic is unreal because we see chemical liquids taking up a whole new colour when heated, cooled or mixed with other chemicals. Life will become complicated as you complete school. The days when you can spend hours in your school’s chemical laboratory and continue with titration and other chemical experiments will be gone. Are you the one who completely love the pungent smell of the chemicals that your friends hate? Are you already wondering whether you want to take up Chemistry honours in graduation or Chemical engineering would be a better prospect? Here are some of the facts that will help you make a choice according to your interests.
By definition, Chemistry is that part of Science that deals with the substances of which matter is composed, the properties and reactions of these substances and the use of these reactions to form completely new substances. If you want to get deeper into the subject know more about the chemicals, the substances and their reactions and are interested in research and further studies after gaining knowledge in BSc Chemistry subjects, you can choose this.
By definition, it is the branch of engineering which is concerned with the design and operation of industrial chemical plants. In this field you studies won’t be limited to chemistry only. You will get to study other subjects such as physics, mathematics and basically you would be learning efficient use of technology, chemicals and energy. If creating something usable and exploring beyond studies is what you are interested in you can take up chemical engineering.
There might be various questions cropping up in your mind. What does the people in both the fields do, how do their works differ, which might be the better prospect for me and so on. Now let us see where the actual difference lies between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
- Core work:
Chemists deal more with preparation, development and creation of actual materials and also do the processing whereas the chemical engineers use these materials to make something on a large scale more efficiently and using faster and advanced technologies.
- Subjects involved:
In Chemistry honours course one has to study various parts and branches of Chemistry such as general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and other subjects for knowing the subject more and gaining knowledge and depth in the subject.
In Chemical engineering, as the name suggests, the study would be much more technical and would involve subjects like metallurgy, fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, textile engineering, plastic engineering, equipment design and so on.
- Jobs that one can get:
After doing graduation in Chemistry the jobs that one can bag include that of an analytical chemist, clinical biochemist, toxicologist, pharmacologist, research scientist and forensic scientist also one can opt to work in pharmaceuticals industry, agricultural industry, paper industry, plastic industry and so on.
The type of jobs available for chemical engineers can be on-site engineer or chemical engineer in industries like textile industries, energy, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food processing and so on.
- Field of interest:
To be a Chemist or pursue with B Sc Chemistry subjects one must be immensely curious and patient to dive into the vast information, attentive about the minute details and have the ability to retain all that he is learning. If you find yourself ticking all these boxes, Chemistry honours is the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if one has problem solving skills, numerical ability, is passionate and posses’ analytical abilities one must go for this.
How to pursue Chemistry:
After completing graduation in Chemistry one can apply for Masters in a reputed university and later grab a job or pursue further studies in Chemistry.
Almost every college offer Chemistry honours course but some of the reputed colleges are:
- Hindu College(New Delhi)
- Loyola College(Chennai)
- Presidency College(Kolkata)
- Xavier’s College(Kolkata)
- Christ University(Bangalore)
How to pursue Chemical Engineering:
After giving entrance exams like JEE Main, BITSAT you can get admission in some of the top colleges for Chemical Engineering such as:
- BITS, Pilani
- Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
Whatever you choose, it should be something that you enjoy learning and as they say hard work always pays off. So without wondering much dive deep into the field of Chemistry!