Why Science at Idaho?
Approachable faculty, world-class facilities, plus abundant research opportunities — even at the undergraduate level! These are just some of the reasons to study science at the University of Idaho.
From our forensic chemistry option that’s uncovering new applications in the world of criminal justice, to research that’s happening in the areas of bioinformatics and mathematical biology, our college offers many reasons to study science at the University of Idaho.
Elizabeth St. John, Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Award
“My experience doing research made me a strong student and gave me opportunities to learn how to do research, understand it, and be able to present the research in a comprehensible way. This experience has opened my eyes and strengthened my understanding of biology. The college of science has so many opportunities to do research, and I would highly recommend any student to get involved. Find a professor that is currently doing research you are interested in and ask what you can do. The research you will see and the people you will work with are amazing.”
Jim Nagler, UI Alumni Association's Award for Excellence
"One of the most meaningful aspects of dealing with students is seeing them become successful dealing with problems. Life is full of problems and research studies is filled with them. Working with students to tackle and solve problems not only helps them succeed in their program, but I think spills over into their lives in the "real world" too.”
David McIlroy, Physics Department Chair
"One of the real strengths of the department is that we get the students into the lab,” he said. “That’s where teaching them what real physics is really about. With coursework, you’re building a foundation, but it doesn’t teach you how to do your trade. You can write it all down in a class and review it all you want, but until you actually work with it, you don’t understand what’s really involved – so the hands-on experience is invaluable.