Department of Chemistry
Department Chair: Kendall Peck
Department Secretary: Brenda Pincock (208) 496-1918
Department Faculty: Joanne CastleJohn CullenRyan DabellAmy 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 visiting the department web page at http://www2.byui.edu/chemistry/
 
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

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 316, 316C  

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 112  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 200  

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 105, 105H  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H

    Major Requirements

       Take 1 Course   Min GPA: 2.0
       CHEM 106, 106H

    AND
       Take these Courses   Min GPA: 2.0
       CHEM 220, 351, 352, 461, 462, 464, 470, 471, 481, 498
       PH 121, 150, 220, 250

    AND

       Take these Courses   Min GPA: 2.0
       MATH 113, 341

              OR
                 Take these Courses   Min GPA: 2.0
                 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

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements

    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 316, 316C  

    II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 110, 110H, 112  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 105, 105H  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ED 270  

    Major Requirements
    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
       CHEM 220, 351, 405, 461, 470, 471

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Min GPA: 2.0
       CHEM 106, 106H

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Min GPA: 2.0
       MATH 113, 119

    AND

       Take 7 Credits   Min GPA: 2.0
       CHEM 352, 462, 464, 481, 490

    AND

    Education Core:
       Take these Courses
       ED 200, 492
       SECED 280, 410

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ED 285
       SECED 252
       SPED 322



  • 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 1 Course    Min GPA: 2.0
    CHEM 105, 105H

    AND
    Take 1 Course    Min GPA: 2.0
    CHEM 106, 106H

    AND
    Take 12 Credits    Min GPA: 2.0
    BIO 377
    CHEM 220, 351, 352, 461, 462, 464, 470, 471, 481, 490


    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 1 Course    Min GPA: 2.0
    CHEM 105, 105H

    AND
    Take 1 Course    Min GPA: 2.0
    CHEM 106, 106H

    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 or 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 or 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 or 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.
    (Fall)
     
    CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry (4:5:3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of Chem 106 with at least a C- or consent of instructor.
    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 280 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 or Math 215 or Math 119 is required. Completion of Chem 351 or instructor premission is required. Completion of Math 316 or Math 341 and Phys 220 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. The first semester covers quantum mechanics and spectroscopy.
    (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. The second semester covers statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and kinetics.

    (Winter )
     
    CHEM 464 Physical/Instrumental Chemistry Lab (1:0:3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chem 462 and completion of Chem 220 is required.
    Laboratory experience with modern instrumentation in performing physical chemistry experiments, 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.
    (Winter)
     
    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.
    (Winter)
     
    CHEM 481 Biochemistry (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of Biology 100 and Chem 351 required. Completion of Bio 200 and Chem 352 are strongly recommended.
    A one semester course emphasizing the structure, function, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The course is designed for strdents in Chemistry, Biology, and those preparing to attend post-graduate and professional schools.
    (Fall and Winter )
     
    CHEM 490 Special Topics in Chemistry (1-3:1:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    A one-semester course emphasizing current topics in chemistry. Each class participant will select a faculty supervisor who will oversee the design and implementation of a curriculum within a specific field of chemistry.
    (Fall and Winter)
     
    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)