Department of Chemistry

John F. Cullen, Department Chair
Joanne L. Castle, Amy Hanks, Stephen R. Ott, Kendall D. Peck, Mark L. Pugh, Wesley D. Smith, George L. Stone, Susan C. Ward, Noel S. Zaugg
Kim Spaulding, Secretary (208) 356-1918

Chemistry is the study of matter, energy and their transformations. Its principles serve as a theoretical basis for a wide variety of fields such as agriculture, biology, dental hygiene, engineering, geology, medicine, nutrition and physics. In addition, its analytical and logical approach to the world is excellent training for fields such as law and government.

The Department of Chemistry offers the introductory courses needed to prepare students to transfer to a four year university ready to begin their junior year as chemistry majors. The Department offers service courses to support students in technical majors to meet their requirements for graduation and to satisfy the General Education requirements in Physical Science. Introductory courses are offered on several skill levels to meet the needs of incoming students with a variety of backgrounds in math and science.

Transferring students find that the chemistry courses taken at Brigham Young University-Idaho are widely accepted by other institutions and are at a level of difficulty comparable to those offered at a four year university. The faculty are experienced and well trained with 70% of the chemistry faculty holding Ph.D degrees. Their commitment to students and teaching, coupled with small class sizes, provide a unique and superior learning environment.

Currently the department is developing plans to offer a B.S. degree in Chemistry Education and a non-ACS approved B.S. degree in Chemistry. Further information can be obtained from the Department Chair, cullenj@ricks.edu

REQUIRED COURSES FOR CHEMISTRY MAJOR

Chem 105, 106 General Chemistry
Chem 220      Quantitative Analysis
Chem 251, 252 Organic Chemistry
Math 112      Calculus I
Math 113      Calculus II
Ph 121        Principles of Physics I
Ph 150        Beg Physics Lab
Ph 220        Principles of Physics III
Ph 250        Intermed Physics lab

Students who enter Brigham Young University-Idaho with transfer or AP credit are strongly encouraged to take as many of the following optional courses as possible: Math 341 Linear Algebra Math 214 Multivariate Calculus Ph 123 Principles of Physics II

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Associate in Arts and Sciences with a major in Chemistry (039)

This is a Chemistry degree which allows students to complete the General Education requirements for an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences while pursuing the chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses necessary to begin their junior year as a Chemistry major at a transfer institution. Many colleges and universities accept the Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences as fulfilling their General Education requirements. Students should consult their advisor and the school to which they plan to transfer to make as smooth and efficient a transition as possible.

Recommended sequence of courses:

For students with strong math background

First Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 105 General Chemistry          4
Math 112  Calculus I                4
General Education                   6
Total Credits                      16

Second Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 106 General Chemistry          4
Math 113  Calculus II               4
Ph 121 Prin of Phys                 3
Ph 150 Beg Physics Lab              1
General Education                   3
Total Credits                      17

Third Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 251 Organic Chem               4
Ph 220  Prin of Physics III         3
Ph 250 Intermed Physics Lab         1
General Education                   8
Total Credits                      18

Fourth Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 220 Quantitative Analysis      4
Chem 252 Organic Chem               4
General Education                   7
Total Credits                      17
For students with weaker math background
First Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 105 General Chemistry          4
Math 110 College Algebra            3
Math 111 Trig                       2
General Education                   6
Total Credits                      17

Second Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 106 General Chemistry          4
Math 112  Calculus I                4
General Education                   9
Total Credits                      19

Third Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 251 Organic Chem               4
Math 113  Calculus II               4
Ph 121 Prin of Phys                 3
Ph 150  Beg Physics Lab             1
General Education                   5
Total Credits                      19

Fourth Semester
Religion                            2
Chem 220 Quantitative Analysis      4
Chem 252 Organic Chem               4
Ph 220 Prin of Physics III          3
Ph 250 Intermed Physics Lab         1
General Education                   4
Total Credits                      18

The required courses listed above will satisfy the GE requirement in Physical Science and Mathematics. In Biological Sciences, take a three credit lecture course or a four credit lecture lab course depending on your transfer school. See your advisor for assistance in selecting the appropriate courses to fulfill the GE requirement.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Chem 100* Chemistry in the Modern World (4:3:2)
A basic nonmathematical, nonlaboratory course with emphasis on the applications of chemistry in areas of food, health,consumer products, natural and synthetic resources, energy, and the environment. Designed for those majors requiring only a one-semester introduction to the modern applications of chemistry and those desiring a general education course in the physical sciences. This course is not designed to prepare students for other chemistry courses.

Chem 101* Introductory General Chemistry(4:4:2)
Prerequisite: Completion of Math 101 or higher
An introductory course covering basic concepts in general chemistry. The course is designed for students in home economics, nursing, agriculture, biology, and other areas that require a broad introduction to general and inorganic chemistry. It serves as preparation for Chem 150.

Chem 105* General Chemistry
Chem 105H* General Chemistry (4:5:2)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration or completion of Math 110 or equivalent. High school chemistry or Chem 101 recommended
A course designed to meet the general chemistry requirements in engineering, science, and pre-professional majors. Topics covered include stoichiometry, reactions, acids/bases, atomic theory, bonding and structure, states of matter, and colligative properties. The laboratory teaches standard laboratory techniques such as titration and emphasizes the role quantitative measurements play in extracting chemically useful information. The Honors section is intended for chemistry majors and others who wish an enriched course and more challenging laboratory experiments.

Chem 106* General Chemistry
Chem 106H* (4:5:2)

Prerequisite: Chem 105 and completion of Math 110 or higher
A continuation of Chem 105 and 105H. Topics include: thermodynamics, kinetics, gas and solution equilibria, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. The laboratory stresses topics covered in the lecture as well as elementary qualitative analysis.

Chem 150 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (5:5:0)
Prerequisite: Chem 101
A second semester course in a sequence with Chem 101. This course is designed for students in home economics, nursing, dental hygiene and other areas that require an introduction to organic and biochemistry. Students who need an organic/biochemistry course with a lab should take Chem 153 also.

Chem 153 Introductory Organic/Biochemistry Laboratory (1:0:3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Chem 150
This course is an optional laboratory for Chem 150. It consists of experiments on organic techniques, properties, and syntheses and biochemical principles.

Chem 220 Quantitative Analysis (4:2:6)
Prerequisite: Chem 106
A lecture/lab course that stresses quantitative analytical techniques, an introduction to instrumental analysis, and the chemical principles on which they are based.

Chem 251 Organic Chemistry(4:5:3)
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chem 106
A study of the principles and theories of organic chemistry including the properties, preparation, and reactions of organic compounds. The course is designed for students in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pre-medicine, Pre-dentistry, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-veterinary and Biology.

Chem 252 Organic Chemistry (4:5:3)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 251
A study of the principles and theories of organic chemistry including the properties, preparation, and reactions of organic compounds. The course is designed for students in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pre-medicine, Pre-dentistry, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-veterinary and Biology.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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