Chemistry is a branch of science defined not so much by what it studies—indeed, there is no material substance or material process beyond its scope—but by the scale of its study. Chemists seek to understand the material world around us by looking at its composition, down to its smallest elements: atoms and the particles within them. By understanding the properties and forces that govern these particles, chemists are able to both explain and predict the behavior of the matter in our universe. This course will introduce students to both the fundamentals and the history and evolution of this fascinating field.