What Are the Branches of Chemistry?

Although there are many chemistry branches, the major five branches are biochemistry, physical, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. While physical chemistry deals with the physical properties and characteristics of chemical substances, biochemistry involves the study of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms. Organic chemistry can include the study of the properties and structures associated with carbon- based compounds.

The sub-discipline of inorganic chemistry is the study of all compounds that are not carbon- based or hydrocarbons. An inorganic chemist can study different metals, salts, oxides and acids. Analytical chemistry deals with the analysis of chemical components in substances. This branch is divided into the two subfields quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Some other chemistry branches are geochemistry, environmental chemistry, electrochemistry, thermochemistry and solid state chemistry.