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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Promoting Student Success Through Excellence in Chemistry


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! Here, we promote student success by achieving excellence in the following:

Research – 21st century problems are tackled through innovative research efforts in a wide variety of areas, including agricultural, medicinal, and astrochemistry, and many more.

Culture – We strive to create a positive, welcoming environment where students, staff, and faculty interact inside the classroom, as well as outside of it, through spontaneous barbeques and engaging seminars.

Curriculum – Our invigorating curriculum conveys the knowledge of the complex discipline of chemistry to our students and the general public.

If you have questions or comments, we invite you to contact us by email at or by phone at (208) 426-3000.

Front Office Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Fri: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Goals to Promoting Student Success


Work in a department that embraces a team spirit of cooperation and respect for all.


Enhance and expand department research capacity.

Dr. Susan Shadle, Chemistry, Professor of the Year. John Kelly photo.


Deliver an integrated educational experience that is innovative, effective, and relevant.

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