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Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402



Center for Advanced Energy Studies

995 University Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
CAES Center for Advanced Energy Studies


The Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho offers a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemistry. It is a midsized department that strikes a perfect balance between excellent teaching and high-level research, providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding facilities.

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. There are many opportunities to do interdisciplinary work, including research in bio-organic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, environmental chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and nanomaterials.

An advanced degree in chemistry will position you at the front lines of chemical research and development, where you can make significant contributions to the knowledge of our physical world. As a student in the program, you will learn to operate sophisticated instrumentation. You may work on the development of new materials used in medicine, agriculture, food production and many other fields. You also may become involved with environmental monitoring and pollution abatement, or with the building of sensors for use in explosives detection.

With between 45 and 50 graduate students in the program, the department is small enough that you’ll receive individual attention, but it’s large enough to provide you with the latest in instrumentation and facilities. You will have a chance to collaborate with, and learn from, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists, and faculty from other departments and colleges.

The Department of Chemistry is located in Renfrew Hall, on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. Most of your course and lab work will be performed on campus, although there are some opportunities to utilize nearby facilities, such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Wash. and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Benson, Michael, Ph.D.
phone: (208) 526-1316

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phone: (208) 282-7900