The biological sciences deal with the basic biological principles of all living things. Courses in the Department of Biological Sciences reflect the increased awareness that sub-disciplines within biology are merging into a broad principles-based discipline that recognizes the similarities among living organisms.
Our contributions to the areas of Bioinformatics, Combinatorics and Mathematics Education are gaining the University of Idaho Mathematics Department a strong national reputation.
Statistics encompasses course work in designing and analyzing experiments, planning and interpreting surveys, and exploring relationships among variables observed on social, physical and biological phenomena. The applied nature of the program allows the student to develop data analysis tools for such diverse areas as business and economics, crop and animal production, biological sciences, human behavior, education, engineering, energy and the environment, and natural resource management.
The Chemistry department offers research programs in many branches of chemistry, including biological applications of nano-technology, catalyst design, development of Instrumental methods, drug synthesis, environmental chemistry and aqueous geochemistry, explosives synthesis and detection, fluorine chemistry, nucleic acid therapeutics and diagnostics, and theoretical organic chemistry.
The University of Idaho Department of Physics is the primary Ph.D. granting physics department in the state of Idaho. Our faculty are internationally recognized for their outstanding research in physics. Our graduate students constitute an integral part of that research and many of our undergraduate students are active participants as well. We have strong research programs in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, nanophysics, astronomy and computational bio-physics.