chemistry | The Evergreen State College

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

Scientific Explorations in Chemistry and Archaeology

Offered Fall 2017–Spring 2018

Molecule to Organism

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

Though mass media portrays archaeologists as poison-arrow-ducking, Nazi-foiling adventurers, the truth is that archaeologists are scientists—and they often spend more time in the lab than finding the Ark of the Covenant. This program trains students to be such scientists. Incorporating archaeology, chemistry, math, research, and project presentation (written, oral, and visual), we seek to teach students all stages of the scientific method, from gathering data to presenting original research at conferences.

The study will benefit students who are looking for general chemistry credits and who have an interest in archaeology. No previous experience in chemistry or archaeology is required, but students should be able to use a scientific calculator and have completed high school algebra. High school precalculus is strongly recommended.

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.