Department of Chemistry
Department Chair: Kendall Peck
Department Secretary: Kim Spaulding (208) 0 -
Department Faculty: Joanne CastleJohn CullenAmy HanksBrian LemonLes MannerStephen OttKendall PeckMark PughSusan WardNoel Zaugg

 
Introduction
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, dentistry, 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 two degrees: a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry Education. In addition to the courses offered for 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.

Studying chemistry at Brigham Young University-Idaho is a unique and rewarding experience. The faculty are experienced and well trained with 90% of the chemistry faculty holding doctorate degrees. Their commitment to students and teaching, coupled with small class sizes, provide an excellent learning environment.

Further information regarding the department programs and degrees can be obtained by email from chemistry@byui.edu.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Chemistry (710)   
Obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry opens a number of rewarding career opportunites. A bachelor's degree can lead directly to employment as essentially all industries employ chemists. This degree also can serve as preparation for graduate studies in chemistry. A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for health related professions such as dentistry, medicine, and the veterinary sciences. The critical thinking and rational problem solving skills developed while obtaining a chemistry degree are applicable to any profession including law and government.
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0      Min Grade: C-
CHEM 105
ENG 316
MATH 112
 
        AND
           Take this Course    
           BIO 200
 
        OR
           Take these Courses    
           BIO 100, 102
 
Major Requirements
    Students are encouraged to begin the mathematics series at Math 112 (Calculus I). However, it may be necessary for students with inadequate preparation to take Math 110 and Math 111 before taking Math 112. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at the beginning of their university experience. Working closely with an advisor ensures that a student will be able to plan the most efficient schedule based upon his/her background, interests and professional aspirations.

Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0      Min Grade: C-
CHEM 106, 220, 351, 352, 461, 462, 464, 470, 471, 481, 498
PH 121, 150, 220, 250
 
        AND
           Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
           MATH 113, 341
 
        OR
           Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
           MATH 215, 316


 
B.S.  in Chemistry Education (810)   
The Chemistry Education major prepares graduates for a science teaching career at the junior high and secondary school level. Nationwide, there is significant demand for well trained teachers in scientific areas such as chemistry. The program outlined below fills the chemistry education major requirements for teacher certification in the state of Idaho. Students must also complete a teaching minor of their choice. It is highly recommended that students in this major meet with their advisor early in the program and on a regular basis to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding program requirements.

For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
 
Minor Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0      Min Grade: C-
CHEM 105
CS 100
ENG 316
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
MATH 110, 112

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:
Students may choose to fulfill the math requirement for this major by taking Math 110 and 119 or Math 112 and 113. Although the Math 110 and 119 sequence is an option, students are highly encouraged to fulfill the mathematics requirement by taking Math 112 and 113. Students considering completing the math requirement by taking Math 110 and 119 should first consult with their advisor.

Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0      Min Grade: C-
CHEM 106, 220, 351, 405, 461, 470, 471
 
AND
Take 7 Credits    Min Grade: C-
CHEM 352, 462, 464, 481, 490
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
MATH 113, 119

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 252, 280, 322, 410, 492



Minor in  Chemistry (146)   
Obtaining a chemistry minor develops a solid foundation in basic chemistry. This foundation in a basic science will add strength and marketability to bachelor's degrees from a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to the fundamental knowledge and experience developed while completing this minor, students will gain rational thinking and problem solving skills that are applicable to any career and life in general.

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
CHEM 105, 106

AND
Take 11 Credits     Min GPA: 2.0
CHEM 220, 351, 352, 461, 462, 464, 470, 471, 481



Minor in  Chemistry Education (172)   
Students who obtain a chemistry education minor develop a basic understanding of chemistry. This minor, coupled with a teaching major, prepares a graduate to teach chemistry at the junior high and secondary school level.

For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
CHEM 105, 106

AND
Take 12 Credits     Min GPA: 2.0
CHEM 220, 351, 352, 405, 461, 462, 464, 470, 471, 481
 
Course Descriptions

CHEM 100 Chemistry in the Modern World (4:3:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Prerequisite: No previous chemistry course is required. Competency with basic mathematical operations is assumed.
A basic course with emphasis on the applications of chemistry in areas of food, health, consumer products, natural and synthetic resources, energy, and 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 includes a lecture and laboratory experience.
(Fall and Winter )
 
CHEM 101 Introductory General Chemistry (4:3:3)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Math 108 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 a preparation for Chem 150. This course includes a lecture and laboratory experience.
(Fall, Winter, 1st and 2nd Summer Blocks)
 
CHEM 105 General Chemistry (4:5:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Prerequisite: Students without high school chemistry or Chem 101 must have completed Math 110, 112, or 119 with at least a C- prior to taking Chem 105. Students with high school chemistry or Chem 101 must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Math 110, 112, or 119.
The first semester of a year-long course designed to meet the general chemistry requirements in engineering, science, and pre-professional majors. Topics include: physical and chemical changes, scientific method, uncertainty in measurements, energy transformations, stoichiometry, classes of chemical reactions, naming compounds, properties of acids and bases, electrolytes and solution properties, atomic structure, bonding, VSEPR and molecular geometry, states of matter, gas laws, intermolecular forces, and colligative properties. This course includes a lecture and laboratory experience.
(Fall, Winter, 1st and 2nd Summer Blocks)
 
CHEM 106 General Chemistry (4:5:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 105 with at least a C- and Math 110, 112, or 119 with at least a C-.
The second semester of a year-long course designed to meet the general chemistry requirements in engineering, science, and pre-professional majors. Topics include: chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, general chemical equilibria, acid and base equilibria, pH, buffers, ionic compound solubility and equilibria, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic nomenclature. This course includes a lecture and laboratory experience.
( Fall, Winter, 1st and 2nd Summer Blocks)
 
CHEM 150 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (5:5:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 101 or Chem 106.
A second semester course in a sequence with Chem 101 designed for students in home economics, nursing, dental hygiene, and other majors that require a one semester introduction to organic and biochemistry. Students who need an organic/biochemistry class with lab should concurrently register for Chem 153.
( Winter )
 
CHEM 153 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory (1:0:3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Chem 150. This lab cannot be taken after the completion of Chem 150.
A companion laboratory course for Chemistry 150.
(Winter )
 
CHEM 220 Quantitative Analysis (4:2:6)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 106 with at least a C-.
A one-semester course that stresses quantitative analytical techniques in the laboratory, an introduction to instrumental analysis, and the chemical principles on which they are based. This course includes a lecture and laboratory experience.
(Winter)
 
CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry (4:5:3)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 106 with C grade or better.
The first semester of a year-long course that studies 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. This course includes lecture and laboratory experience.
( Fall and Winter )
 
CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry (4:5:3)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 351.
The second semester of a year-long course presenting 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-veterinary and Biology. This course includes lecture and laboratory experience.
(Winter and 1st Summer Block)
 
CHEM 405 Chemistry Teaching Methods (2:1:2)
Prerequisite: Completion of Secondary Education 370 and Chem 220 or Chem 351.
This course will focus heavily on preparing students to be competent in laboratory procedures, including lab safety issues. Students will learn how to set up labs, order supplies, prepare and design laboratory experiments in the sciences. In addition students will become familiar with how demonstrations can be effectively used in the classroom. Ample opportunity will be given each student to practice the skills needed to effectively teach chemistry in the secondary schools. This course will also introduce the student to inquiry and process based science curricula. Students will become familiar with and learn to apply the national and state science and chemistry standards for teaching chemistry at the secondary level.
(Fall )
 
CHEM 461 Physical Chemistry (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Math 113, Math 215 or Math 119 is required. Completion of Math 316 or Math 341 is recommended.
First semester of a course covering the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. This course provides a theoretical and mathematical description of the physical behavior of chemical systems.
(Fall )
 
CHEM 462 Physical Chemistry II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 461 and Math 341 or Math 316.
Second semester of a course covering the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. This course provides a theoretical and mathematical description of the physical behavior of chemical systems.
(Winter )
 
CHEM 464 Physical/Instrumental Chemistry Lab (1:0:3)
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chem 462.
Data collection for classical physical chemistry experiments, laboratory experience with modern instrumentation, report preparation.
(Winter )
 
CHEM 470 Inorganic Chemistry (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 461
A study of structure, reactivity patterns, and bond theory as applied to inorganic chemistry. Topics covered will include periodic relationships, group theory, molecular orbital and valence bond approaches to bonding, solid-state chemistry, and organometallic chemistry.
(Fall )
 
CHEM 471 Advanced Laboratory (1:0:3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Chem 470
Laboratory exercises in the preparation and purification of inorganic compounds. Exposure to advanced synthetic techniques including vacuum lines, Schlenk manipulations, and tube furnace reactions. Characterization by modern spectroscopic techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, cyclic voltammetry, UV-vis, infrared, and magnetic susceptibility.
(Fall )
 
CHEM 481 Biochemistry (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology 100 or Biology 200 and Chem 351. Completion of Chem 352 recommended.
A one semester course emphasizing the chemical components and reactions in biological systems. The course is designed for students in Chemistry, Biology, Pre-medicine, and Pre-dentistry.
(Fall and Winter )
 
CHEM 481L  (1:0:3)
Prerequisite: Previous completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chem 481.
This lab is designed to introduce students to basic laboratory techniques and thought processes applied in biochemical research with a particular emphasis on proteins and enzymes. Students will learn techniques in protein expression, purification, and characterization including the analysis of enzymatic activity in both natural and mutant proteins. In addition, students will learn to interpret data collected from their experiments, draw reasonable conclusions, and effectively communicate their results with peers through written communication.
(Fall and Winter)
 
CHEM 490 Special Topics in Biochemistry (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of Chem 481.
A one-semester course emphasizing current topics in biochemistry.
(Fall )
 
CHEM 498  (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 220, 351, 352, 461, 462 and 464.
All chemistry majors must find and experience a work internship. This would generally occur the semester after their junior year or during their senior year. The experience could involve working for a government agency, industry, an academic institution or any organization that employs chemists on their staff. The credit for the internship would count as the capstone experience required for graduation. The student will have a contract agreement with the employer and be responsible to a faculty supervisor. Upon completion of the internship, a short presentation will be made to the BYU-I chemistry department as part of the requirement.
(Fall, Winter, 1st and 2nd Summer Blocks)