The Elements of Success in Chemistry Start with the Knowledge in this Program

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Program Overview

Embark on a fascinating journey into the world of chemistry at College of Western Idaho (CWI), where you are the center of a unique educational experience. You will experience an in-depth exploration of the physical and chemical laws that govern our world. Here, you will dive into subjects like organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry, laying a strong foundation for your academic and career aspirations.

At CWI, your education is both comprehensive and tailored to your needs. With small class sizes and accessible faculty, you will receive the personalized attention and support necessary for success. The Chemistry program is not just about mastering chemical concepts; it's about preparing you for higher studies and careers in various fields like healthcare, research, and environmental science.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Science

Academic Certificate


$5,796 – 8,830

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • In-Depth Chemical Knowledge: Gain a thorough understanding of various chemical principles.
  • Hands-On Laboratory Experiences: Develop practical skills through laboratory work.
  • Foundation for Advanced Studies: Prepare for further education in chemistry or related disciplines.
  • Personalized Learning Path: Benefit from the guidance of dedicated faculty and tailored course options.
  • Pathway to Diverse Careers: Equip yourself for a range of careers in science and technology.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Chemistry – Associate of Science Degree




Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant – Academic Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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    Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.


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  • Biological Technicians

    Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.


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  • Natural Sciences Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.


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  • Chemical Technicians

    Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.


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  • Chemists

    Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.


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  • Food Science Technicians

    Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


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  • Forensic Science Technicians

    Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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