Academic Departments and Programs

Chemistry

Chemistry is an experimental science involving the study of the properties and interactions of matter and energy. This broad realm sets chemistry at the nexus of nearly all other scientific disciplines. Many hybrid fields, such as biochemistry, physical chemistry, and nanotechnology, are easily accessible by the Chemistry major. At The College of Idaho, you will find a combination of rigorous work in the classroom and hands-on experience in the laboratory. You will learn from professors who are committed to preparing their students for success in a wide variety of careers, including entrance into graduate, medical, dental, and other professional schools.

Why study Chemistry at The College of Idaho?

Opportunities abound for you to explore your interests under the mentorship of outstanding faculty. The Chemistry department is located in the second floor of Boone Hall and features newly remodeled research laboratories and modern analytical equipment. Chemistry majors and minors are encouraged to join faculty-led research teams involved in analysis of bioactive compounds, toxicity studies, chemical synthesis, computer simulations, chemical kinetics, and electrochemical measurements in biological systems. You may also choose to pursue an independent study project with faculty mentorship.

Whatever path you choose, you will gain personal experience working with many of the current technologies used in chemistry laboratories, including infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Majors

Chemistry Major

33 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-252

Analytical Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-401

Chemical Dynamics and Laboratory

3

CHE-420 or
CHE-352

Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory or
Analytical Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-395/495 or
CHE-494

Chemistry Research or
Independent Study

1

PHY-313

Thermal Physics

3

PHY-400

Quantum Physics

2

Notes

Students preparing for graduate work in chemistry are strongly advised to complete courses in addition to those required for the major. Recommended courses include: CHE-412, CHE-420, CHE-352, MAT-125 or MAT-212, and MAT-175 through MAT-352.

Chemistry Majors may not minor in either Chemistry (Natural Sciences & Mathematics PEAK) or Analytical Chemistry (Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK).

Associated Majors

Minors

The Analytical Chemistry Minor is meant to create a foundation in preparation for a career in laboratory chemical analysis. As a professional enhancement minor, the Analytical Chemistry Minor is further designed to help prepare students to succeed in graduate school work involving instrumentation and analytical chemical laboratory techniques. Through this minor, students will be introduced to statistical analysis of data, chemical science foundation, and techniques of standard laboratory practice and instrumentation in chemical analysis.

Students interested in the analytical chemistry minor should consider a major or minor in mathematics or one of the natural sciences.

Analytical Chemistry Minor

19 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-252

Analytical Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-352

Analytical Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Notes

Students may elect to minor in Chemistry (Natural Sciences and Mathematics PEAK) or in Analytical Chemistry (Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK), but not both. Chemistry majors may not minor in either Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry.

The central science of chemistry is at the intersection of biology, physics, and mathematics. Thus, an understanding and appreciation of its precepts, practices, and limitations is germane to all sciences and is a vital component of the liberal arts curriculum. The quantitative nature of chemistry necessitates an ability to gain and apply mathematical tools. Students are assumed to be proficient in algebra and are expected to complete a minimum of one mathematics course, excluding MAT-105 and MAT-221.

Chemistry Minor

19 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-252

Analytical Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
Higher

Data Analysis and Statistics or
higher level math course (excludes MAT-105 and MAT-221)

3

Notes

Students may elect to minor in Chemistry (Natural Sciences and Mathematics PEAK) or in Analytical Chemistry (Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK), but not both. Chemistry majors may not minor in either Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry.