Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Education

Chemistry Education
Hours83.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.
This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.
For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Contact Education Student Services for entrance requirements into the licensure program.
A teaching minor is not required for licensure. However, it is strongly recommended.
requirement 5 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
Only ONE of Geol 101 or 111 can be applied to this requirement. Only ONE of Bio 100, Bio 130, CELL 120, or PWS 150 can be applied to this requirement. With approval, certain other courses in physics, geology, mathematics, and biology may be taken to satisfy this requirement. Note: Any course not taken to satisfy Requirement 4 can be taken to satisfy Requirement 5.
requirement 6 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component. Complete both 6.1 and 6.2.
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before enrollment into Phy S 276.
option 6.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their Educator accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the Educator account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Program Outcomes: 

Chemistry Fundamentals

Program graduates will have demonstrate a solid conceptual understanding of the structure and reactivity of matter and will firmly grasp the key ideas and practices in analytical, organic and physical chemistry.

Laboratory Procedures and Practice

Program graduates will be able to perform basic laboratory procedures used in inorganic and small molecule analysis, and organic synthesis, including good standard lab practices and accurate record keeping. They will also be able to design effective experiments and critically analyze data.


Program graduates who choose the research option, will be able to draw on classroom knowledge and laboratory classes to make an individual contribution in a research laboratory.

Communication, Pedagogy and Classroom Management

Program graduates will be able to effectively communicate ideas and experimental results in a variety of formats including written and oral reports and technical graphics as well as, be able to search, read, and understand technical and pedagogical literature related to the chemical sciences.

Graduates of this program will be able to apply an understanding of chemistry and methods of pedagogy to teaching concepts and problem solving in chemistry at the high school and advanced placement level. Graduates will be able to manage the typical range of challenges in the classroom, lab, and field trips, and they will have developed skills in teaching high school students with different cultural backgrounds.

Graduates of this program will be proficient in designing three-dimensional instruction that simultaneously addresses disciplinary core ideas, scientific practices, and crosscutting concepts.

Professional Ethics

Graduates will understand professional and scientific ethics. They will apply the Moral Dimensions of Teaching embraced by the McKay School of Education.

Career Preparation

Graduates will be prepared to be effective educators at the secondary level and be able to effectively communicate the range of career opportunities in the chemical sciences open to their students.