chemistry

Discover the world around you at the atomic scale. Unravel the structure of organic compounds. Analyze trace metals in terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. Explore how you can contribute to the field of nanotechnology.

Waynant lecture

Students learn how different gases react upon being excited at the start of lecture for Introduction to Natural Science.

Science at Evergreen weaves together disciplines and offers hands-on experience.

Chemistry is fundamental to understanding the world. Everything is made of chemicals, so chemistry touches almost every aspect of our existence. Chemical technologies provide solutions to problems in health care, materials, and energy generation and usage.

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because it unites physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences.

At Evergreen you can prepare for a career in science, medicine, or education through the study of chemistry. Discover this branch of science using quantitative methods and analytical tools. You'll study the relationship between molecular structure and function. You'll receive hands-on experience with modern lab techniques and research instrumentation.

Evergreen students take part in a wide variety of activities: analyzing trace metals in soils, using spectroscopy to determine the structure of alkaloids, studying chemical reactions critical to living systems, and more. They can also attend professional scientific conferences such as annual meetings of the American Chemical Society, which has recognized the Evergreen Chemistry Club with several awards over the years.

Our science faculty have expertise in a broad range of specialty areas. Our programs connect concepts in experimental chemistry to disciplines like biology, geology, and physics. Here, students engage in work that links theory to practice.

By studying chemistry at Evergreen, you can develop the experience and skills that are essential for solving real-world problems.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Environmental analysis chem lab

Environmental Analysis students in a titrations lab.

Sample Program

Integrated Natural Sciences 

Offered Fall 2018–Spring 2019

Molecule to Organism

Students in the program Molecule to Organism spend Friday morning in organic chemistry lab.

This yearlong interdisciplinary program focuses on transformations of matter and energy in and between living and nonliving systems. You will end the program with a working knowledge of scientific, mathematical, and computational concepts, ability to reason critically and to solve problems, and with hands-on experience in natural science. You'll also gain a strong appreciation of the interconnectedness of biological and physical systems and an ability to apply this knowledge to complex problems. 

View this program in the catalog.

 

Staged murder scene

Students study for Applied Biology and Chemistry in Lab I.

 

Staged murder scene

Students in the Forensics and Criminal Behavior program investigate staged murder scenes as part of a quarter-long investigation project.

After Graduation

Evergreen chemistry graduates have an excellent record of success in graduate and professional schools, as well as working in a variety of scientific and technical fields. An Evergreen chemistry degree prepares you for careers in labs, universities, or industry and is excellent preparation for earning a graduate degree. It can be your springboard into professional school for training to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or attorney. Or you can earn a teaching certificate to teach high-demand science in K-12 schools. The possibilities are limited only by your energy and ambition.

Facilities & Resources

Environmental Analysis out in the field

Students in Environmental Analysis complete phase two of a research study of the chemical balance in river water with and without decaying salmon and leaf debris.

Instrumentation

Students of all levels have access to modern chemical research instrumentation, including a 400 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer with multinuclear capability, multiple FT-IR spectrometers, two GC-Mass spectrometers, an ICP-Mass spectrometer, an atomic absorption spectrometer, a CHN analyzer, a UV/Vis-Discrete autoanalyzer, a mercury analyzer and three ion chromatographs.

Laboratory Space

Evergreen has several dedicated laboratories designed specifically for instruction and research in chemistry including a state-of-the-art organic chemistry lab, a high-tech water quality analysis lab, an environmental analysis lab, two modern biochemistry and molecular biology labs, and general chemistry labs.

Computer Application Laboratory (CAL)

The CAL supports the campus community with computing technologies for scientific inquiry.

Science Support Center (SSC)

Goggles, lab coats, and a whole lot more, including teaching technicians who will help you determine what you need for your experiments.

750 school kids + college level science experiments + cool fireworks and explosions = 2 days of learning and fun on Evergreen’s Olympia campus!

Shot and edited by Annie Ferguson '15.

Science Carnival and Research Exposition

The largest event of its kind in Washington, the Science Carnival offers hundreds of presentations from Evergreen science students with an emphasis on demonstration, hands-on participation and fun. More than a thousand elementary, high-school and college students and community members crowd Red Square and the science labs to learn and get excited about science. Topics covered include chemistry, computer science, biology, food science, health, physics, optics, geology, marine science and a wide range of other disciplines.

The Evergreen Chemistry Club

A great place for students interested in chemistry—and other scientific fields—to work together to promote science, learn more about careers, develop connections, and participate in interesting community and professional activities, including attending meetings of the American Chemistry Society (ACS). The club has won numerous national awards, including recognition in 2014 from the ACS as a Green Chemistry Student Chapter and an Honorable Mention Chapter.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Environmental Analysis SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Environmental Biology and Chemistry SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Environmental Health, Public Health and Toxicology SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Environmental Science Foundations FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Food Chemistry FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Food Chemistry FR-SR
  • Spring
16
General Chemistry with Laboratory I FR-SR
  • Fall
6
General Chemistry with Laboratory II FR-SR
  • Winter
6
General Chemistry with Laboratory III FR-SR
  • Spring
6
Integrated Natural Sciences (INS) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Models in Biology SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Molecule to Organism SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Riding the Carbon Cycle from the Mountains to the Sea SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Topics in Science FR-SR
  • Fall
12
Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 8, 12, 16
Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Inorganic Chemistry SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
4, 8
Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Quantum Mechanics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4
Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Thermodynamics SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 8
Integrated Natural Science FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Marine Environments JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
10, 16
Plant Chemical Ecology: The Secret Life of Plants JR-SR
  • Winter
16
The Biology of Living Systems SO-SR
  • Spring
16
The Chemistry of Living Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16