Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes it undergoes. It is mainly concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms and the energy involved in those processes. There are thousands of applications of chemistry in everyday life. As a physical science, it requires a solid background in mathematics and physics. To succeed in the field of chemistry, one must have good computer and communication skills and be able to employ their curiosity, calculation skills and commitment to their studies. Chemistry majors can pursue careers in medicine, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, as well as traditional chemistry fields such as biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry.
The chemistry emphasis prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution with a good understanding of basic chemistry.
Why This Program
The chemistry emphasis is designed primarily to prepare you to transition to a four-year institution to finish a bachelor’s degree. It will expose you to the fundamentals of chemistry and help you understand what is needed prior to attending upper division courses.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Understand and predict chemical reactions
- Balance chemical equations
- Understand and employ good lab procedures
- Explain chemical processes that affect our everyday lives
The purpose of Chemistry Club is to bring students together with common interests and exchange ideas to further enhance our careers in chemistry.
Many chemical properties are best understood after participating in laboratory work, which is included with most chemistry classes. Beyond that, CWI participates in a number of programs that allow students to participate in research in the field of chemistry or biochemistry, expanding their understanding of chemistry and how it affects our lives.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with Chemistry Emphasis
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Good computer and communication skills
- Curiosity and commitment
- Solid background in mathematics and physics
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
A Recommended Degree Course Progression is available for additional information to accompany the Advising Worksheet.
- Please be sure to check the courses required for your final degree at the four-year institution you plan to attend after finishing at CWI. It is absolutely imperative that you know which classes are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at that institution.
- If you plan to attend the University of Idaho, you can visit their website (http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/transferguides/transferframes.html) to determine how the various courses taken at CWI will transfer. Our chemistry courses in this degree progression grid all transfer to their institution.
- If you plan to attend Boise State University (BSU), you can visit their website (http://registrar.boisestate.edu/transfers/transfer-equivalency/) to determine just how the various courses you take will transfer. Chem 253 will transfer as a chemistry general elective. The others on the list transfer well. The Organic Chemistry courses offered at BSU are 300-level courses, so it is recommended that you discuss how they transfer with an advisor at BSU.
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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