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 as 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 or you may pursue an independent study project in chemistry.

Whatever path you choose, you will gain personal experience working with some of the latest technology used in chemistry labs, including infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

By successfully completing a major/minor in chemistry, a student will be able to:

  • Understand the major historical developments in chemistry and physics
  • Make calculations based on fundamental chemical laws
  • Explain the chemical laws using a variety of chemical theories
  • Know fundamental descriptive inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry
  • Apply principles of kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
  • Use modern instruments of spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry
  • Plan and execute experiments through the use of the chemical literature
  • Keep legible and complete experimental records
  • Anticipate, recognize and respond properly to chemical hazards
  • Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results
  • Interpret experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

Career Opportunities for C of I Chemistry Students

The College of Idaho's comprehensive chemistry program also offers a number of options enabling you to focus your studies. In addition to the chemistry major, an interdisciplinary health sciences major prepares students for careers or graduate study in health care and related occupations. The College of Idaho offers a chemistry minor as well as a minor in analytical chemistry that prepares students for careers in laboratory chemical analysis, a minor in natural sciences that provides a foundation of studies in the life and physical sciences, and a minor in health professions studies with tracks that prepare students to enter a variety of careers.

Majors

Chemistry Major

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

Student Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing a major/minor in chemistry, a student will be able to:

  • Understand the major historical developments in chemistry and physics
  • Make calculations based on fundamental chemical laws
  • Know fundamental descriptive inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry
  • Apply principles of kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
  • Use modern instruments of spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry
  • Plan and execute experiments through the use of the chemical literature
  • Keep legible and complete experimental records
  • Anticipate, recognize and respond properly to chemical hazards
  • Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results
  • Interpret experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

Note: 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 and mathematics through MAT-352.

Minors

Chemistry Minor

23 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

Complete 1 course from the following:

 

CHE

Upper-division Chemistry courses (300-level or higher)

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain skills and concepts necessary to understand modern chemistry and chemistry laboratory methods.
  • Students will develop an understanding of modern theories of chemistry.
  • Students will develop problem solving and analysis skills appropriate for the field.
  • Students learn to communicate in a manner appropriate for the field.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students gain skills and concepts necessary to be successful in an analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Students analyze and interpret data using modern technological tools.
  • Students develop problem solving skills.
  • Students learn to communicate in a manner appropriate for the field