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Chemistry Education (BS)

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


Chemistry Fundamentals

Learning Outcome

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

Learning Outcome

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.


Professional Ethics

Learning Outcome

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


Career Preparation

Learning Outcome

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.


Communication, Pedagogy and Classroom Management

Learning Outcome

Program graduates will be able to search read and understand technical literature related to chemistry and chemistry education and effectively communicate chemical ideas orally graphically and in writing to both scientific and lay audiences. Program graduates will be able to design three-dimensional science instruction that supports student learning of disciplinary core ideas scientific practices and crosscutting concepts implement student-centered pedagogies to engage students from diverse cultural backgrounds create meaningful assessments and modify instruction based on student learning data.



Learning Outcome

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.

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 1 — Complete 8 Courses

Note: With department approval Chem 105 may substitute for Chem 111; and Chem 106 for Chem 112; and Chem 107 for Chem 113.

course - Principles of Chemistry 1 4.0

course - Principles of Chemistry 2 3.0

course - Intro General Chemistry Lab 2.0

course - Chem Handling & Safe Lab Prac 0.5

course - Principles of Chem Analysis 4.0

course - Guided Learn Chem Instruction 3.0

course - Tech Writing Using Chem Lit 3.0

course - Senior Seminar 1.0

Requirement 2 — Complete 1 of 2 Courses

course - Organic Chemistry 1 - Majors 3.0

course - Industrial Organic Chemistry 3.0

Requirement 3 — Complete 4 Courses

course - Calculus 1 4.0

course - Calculus 2 4.0

course - Intro to Newtonian Mechanics 3.0

course - Intro to Waves, Optics, Thermo 3.0

Requirement 4 — Complete 9 hours

Note: Chem 354 may be taken for either 1 or 2 credit hours.

course - Organic Chemistry 2 - Majors 3.0

course - Organic Chem Lab-Major 1.0v

course - Biochem Fundamentals 3.0

course - Biochem Methods 1.0

course - Mentored Outreach Svc Learning - You may take up to 3.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Math for Physical Chemistry 1.0

course - Physical Chemistry 1 3.0

course - Physical Chemistry 2 3.0

course - Physical Chemistry Lab 1 1.0

course - Physical Chemistry Lab 2 1.0

course - Biophysical Chemistry 3.0

course - Capstone Experience - You may take up to 3.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Inorganic Chemistry 3.0

course - Honors Thesis - You may take up to 3.0 credit hours 0.5v

Requirement 5 — Complete 6 hours

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.

course - Principles of Biology 3.0

course - Biology 4.0

course - Science of Biology 3.0

course - Introduction to Geology 3.0

course - Physical Geology 4.0

course - Elementary Linear Algebra 2.0

course - Computational Linear Algebra 1.0

course - Fundamentals of Mathematics 3.0

course - Math for Engr 1 4.0

course - Calculus of Several Variables 3.0

course - Ordinary Differential Equation 3.0

course - History&Philosophy of Science - You may take once 3.0

course - Descriptive Astronomy 3.0

course - Energy, Climate, Environment 3.0

course - Intro Electricity & Magnetism 3.0

course - Modern Physics 3.0

course - Intro to Experimental Physics 2.0

course - Dsgn, Fabricatn, Sci Apparatus 2.0

course - Environmental Biology 3.0

Requirement 6 — Complete 2 Requirements

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.

Requirement 6.1 — Complete 9 Courses

course - Educ Stdnts w/Disablts in ScEd 2.0

course - Integrating K-12 Ed Tec 1 1.0

course - Integrating K-12 Ed Tec 2 1.0

course - Tching K-12 Online/Blended Lrn 1.0

course - Exploration of Teaching 4.0

course - Teaching Methods & Instruction 3.0

course - Practicum in Secondary Educ 1.0

course - Multi Cult Ed for Sc Ed 3.0

course - Ad Dev & Class Mgmt 3.0

Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before enrollment into Phy S 276.

Requirement 6.2 — Complete 12 hours

course - Secondary Student Teaching 0.0v

course - Acad Intern: Secondary Ed 0.0v

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.