College of Science
The College of Science was established in 2002. The mission of the college is to provide a superior education in the sciences, to advance knowledge through research and scholarship, and to serve the university, state and nation.
Faculty and Staff
The college has some 140 faculty and staff supporting its academic and research programs. Approximately 700 undergraduate students and 215 graduate students are enrolled in programs offered by the College of Science.
Admission to the College
Students who would like to attend the College of Science should plan their high school electives carefully to ensure that they are adequately prepared to begin their study at the college level. Students should select subjects in science and mathematics that will provide a well-rounded preparation for further study. For a statement of general undergraduate and graduate admission requirements, see the admissions portion of the catalog.
Facilities and Equipment
The college is housed in several buildings across campus with most of the disciplines housed in their own facility. These facilities contain teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices. An extensive array of analytical and other scientific equipment ensures state-of-the-art hands-on training in all aspects of the sciences.
Scholarship and Loan Funds
Students interested in scholarships should refer to the "Student Financial Aid Services". Individual scholarships (totaling approximately half a million dollars) are awarded each year by the College of Science. In general, there is no application process for these awards – all students majoring in the college will be considered for merit-based scholarships for which they are eligible. To be considered for need-based scholarships, students must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Details on specific awards can be obtained by writing to: Associate Dean, College of Science, PO Box 443025, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3025 or by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Departments and Programs of Instruction
The college includes the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistical Science, and Physics. Faculty from the College of Science participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Environmental Science, Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Bioregional Planning and Community Design. The college also has affiliation with the Idaho Geological Survey.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The college prides itself in providing opportunities for undergraduate students to work with our faculty on research projects. We believe the best way to experience the excitement of science is through hands-on research, and that these opportunities characterize an education at a research-active university. Each year the College of Science offers fellowships to support undergraduate research projects and hosts a student research exposition at which graduate and undergraduate students display their work.
See regulation J for general university requirements for degrees. Specific requirements for degrees offered within the college are included in the departmental listings.
The College of Science offers bachelor’s degrees in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, medical science, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, statistics, and physics. Many of the majors within the college have more specific option selections. For example, there is a forensic science option within the chemistry major, a mathematical biology option within the mathematics major, and an actuarial science major within the statistics major. Academic minors are offered by every department within the college, including a climate change minor within the Department of Geography and Geological Sciences. See departmental sections for details.
The College of Graduate Studies offers advanced degrees in many disciplines in the College of Science. The Master of Science degree is available in bioinformatics and computational biology; biology; chemistry; geography; geology; mathematics; physics; and statistics, and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree is offered in mathematics. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is available in bioinformatics and computational biology; biology; MBB (microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry); neuroscience; chemistry; geography; geology; mathematics; and physics. See departmental sections for details.
An undergraduate certificate is offered in geographic information systems (through the Department of Geography and Geological Sciences) and graduate certificates are offered in data analytics and statistical science (through the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science).
Preparatory Programs in Medicine and Dentistry
Students interested in preparing for postgraduate education in health professions may, with proper advising and preparation, choose an undergraduate major in almost any field. Students are encouraged to select a major in an area that reflects their interests and aptitudes, and then simultaneously complete prerequisite coursework for admission to their graduate programs of choice. Comprehensive pre-health professions advising and a pre-health professions studies minor are available to all interested students, regardless of their undergraduate major.
Teacher Education Program
Students preparing for secondary-school teaching in science or mathematics can do so by completing one of the degree options in the College of Education (see the College of Education section of this catalog) or also through pursuing a major within the College of Science plus additional coursework to meet certification requirements. Students interested in this second option should consult with an advisor in their chosen discipline to plan the appropriate course selections.
Major Requirements. The departmental requirements are stated under the respective curricula.