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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.

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



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - IDoTeach Chemistry Focus



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

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, 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


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


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


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News and Blogs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
CWI employees and students are invited to the Fall Native Plant Garden clean-up this Friday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m. 
Blog by Molly Wolk
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
On Saturday, Nov. 7, nine College of Western Idaho (CWI) students and their instructor, representing the Allied Health, Education, and Biology Departments, hosted two different workshops at CWI’s annual STEM Out! Into PTE event. This event was designed to ignite the curiosities of Treasure Valley girls ages 10-15 as they consider future careers in STEM fields.
CWI Student Terry Black, Secondary Education/Chemistry
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 9:00am
A CWI Foundation scholarship is helping Terry Black pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.
Blog by Nicole Frank
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 2:30pm
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” is saying that has been around for as long as we know, but let’s pause for a moment and consider what it would mean if we didn’t have access to drugs such as aspirin.  Aspirin is used to treat pain, fever, inflammation, and to treat or prevent heart attacks and strokes. (There has even been preliminary data that suggests regular aspirin use can help treat/prevent cancer [1].) Prior to the 1950s there weren’t many alternatives to aspirin.


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