Chemistry is an experimental science. At The College of Idaho, you’ll find a combination of rigorous work in the classroom and hands-on experience in the laboratory that creates a personalized education. You’ll learn from professors who are committed to preparing their students for success in a wide variety of careers, including entrance into medical, dental, graduate 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 members. 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, pursue an independent study project in chemistry.

Whatever path you choose, you’ll gain hands-on experience working with some of the latest technology used in chemistry labs, including an infrared spectroscope, gas chromatograph and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

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.

Departmental Honors in Chemistry

Qualified chemistry majors, who have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in their major, have the possibility of graduating with departmental honors.  In order to earn this distinction, a student, working in conjunction with a faculty mentor, must:

  1. Complete at least two full terms of chemistry research (CHE-395/495; summer, fall or winter/spring)
  2. Complete a formal written report of their research efforts and present a synopsis of this work to the chemistry department
  3. Present the results of their project at a local, regional or national conference.

Note: Should the research that is undertaken as part of the departmental honors project be accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, this document may stand in place of the formal report, provided that the student did a majority of the work associated with manuscript preparation.