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BS in Chemistry Education
(80.5 hours*, including licensure hours)



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 http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

This degree provides preparation for professional high school teaching. High school chemistry teachers will find opportunities available and will know the satisfaction of guiding good students into essential and rewarding careers. Students should work closely with both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the David O. McKay School of Education Student Services.

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  1. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  2. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department requires the final 10 hours of required chemistry credit to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  3. Contact Education Student Services for entrance requirements into the licensure program.
  4. A teaching minor is not required for licensure. However, it is strongly recommended.
  5. Complete the following:
  6. Complete the following:
  7. Complete three hours from the following:
      CHEM 354 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory--Majors. (2:0:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 354 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory--Majors. (2:0:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 352 or Chem 352M or concurrent enrollment (preferred).
      DESCRIPTION: Physical and chemical properties, manipulative skills, isolation and purification, characterization and identification, syntheses.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 464 : Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 464 : Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 463 or 467 or 468 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Experiments related to physical chemistry: thermodynamics and equilibria, phase transitions, kinetic-molecular theory, kinetics; computer manipulation of data, report preparation.
      NOTE: May be taken before, after, or concurrent (preferred) with Chem 465.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 465 : Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 465 : Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 462 or 467 or 468 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Experiments related to physical chemistry: quantum mechanics, group theory, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, computational methods, statistical mechanics; computer manipulation of data, report preparation.
      NOTE: May be taken before, after, or concurrent (preferred) with Chem 464.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 497R : Undergraduate Special Problems. (.5-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 497R : Undergraduate Special Problems. (.5-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent and Chem 201 or concurrent enrollment or special safety training.
      DESCRIPTION: Undergraduate research experience.

      Course Outcomes


  8. Complete 10 hours from the following:
  9. Complete the Professional Education Component:
    • Complete the following:
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Issues, policies, and methods in teaching secondary students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Lab.

        Course Outcomes


        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Using instructional design, visual design, and differentiated staffing principles along with multimedia authoring systems, telecommunication, and other computer-based tools in the development of educational applications for secondary education settings.

        Course Outcomes


        PHY S 276 : Exploration of Teaching. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PHY S 276 : Exploration of Teaching. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Field-based initial teaching experience directed at helping prospective teachers experience demands and opportunities associated with teaching secondary students.

        Course Outcomes


        PHY S 377 : Teaching Methods and Instruction. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PHY S 377 : Teaching Methods and Instruction. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: PHY S 276
        DESCRIPTION: Developing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.

        Course Outcomes


        PHY S 378 : Practicum in Secondary Education. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PHY S 378 : Practicum in Secondary Education. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in Phy S 377.
        DESCRIPTION: Implementing meaningful and engaging instruction for secondary students; developing critical thinking, problem solving, literacy, and democratic character; assessing learner performance.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 350 : Adolescent Development in an Education Context. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 350 : Adolescent Development in an Education Context. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course.
        DESCRIPTION: Adolescent development and its implications for integrated school culture, curriculum design, instructional practices, and assessment.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course.
        DESCRIPTION: Designing and adapting instruction for diverse learners; collaborating with families, cultures, and communities in promoting and sustaining learning.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 379 : Classroom Management. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 379 : Classroom Management. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in Sc Ed 377R and 378, or equivalent major courses.
        DESCRIPTION: Current theory, research, and application in classroom management; creating positive teacher-student and peer relationships; developing optimal learning environments.

        Course Outcomes


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

    • Complete 12 hours from one of the following:
        SC ED 476R : Secondary Student Teaching - Physical Science. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 476R : Secondary Student Teaching - Physical Science. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course work or departmental approval; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- in Sc Ed 377; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Capstone, field-based, semester-long experience in teaching secondary students; demonstrating proficiency in all program standards. Seminar required.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 496R : Academic Internship: Physical Sciences. (12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 496R : Academic Internship: Physical Sciences. (12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course work or departmental approval; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- in Sc Ed 377; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Capstone, field-based, year-long experience in teaching secondary students; demonstrating proficiency in all program standards. Seminar required.

        Course Outcomes


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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