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Overview

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.

Mission

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

Clubs

The purpose of Chemistry Club is to bring students together with common interests and exchange ideas to further enhance our careers in chemistry.

Additional Opportunities

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

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - IDoTeach Chemistry Focus

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016
Registration Open November 9 April 11 April 11
Financial Aid Priority Date November 23 May 16 July 11
Admission Deadline December 21 May 20 August 5
Last Day to Register January 8 June 3 August 19
Tuition and Fees Due January 8 June 3 August 19
Classes Begin January 11* June 6* August 22*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Good computer and communication skills
  • Curiosity and commitment
  • Solid background in mathematics and physics

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, 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.

  • 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 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.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes

Transfer

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.

Career Info

Professions

  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions
5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Instructors

News and Blogs

Blog by Doug Rapley
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:30pm
CWI's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs are excited to introduce a new video blog series, Science is a Verb.
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 9:15am
Interested in saving the world? Want to help raise awareness on our campus and in our local community about sustainable living? Interested in learning more about sustainability yourself? Then this club is for you! Sustainability Club is a relatively new club at College of Western Idaho (CWI).
Blog by Teresa Rich
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 2:30pm
The opportunities are sponsored by Idaho INBRE, which promotes undergraduate biomedical research.
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 10:00am
In the Fall, a group of CWI Biology students evaluated their impact on the environment. One student saw the project as more than an assignment.

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