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BA in Chemistry (57.5 hours*)



This degree provides preparation for those individuals in preprofessional programs (e.g., medicine, dentistry, master of business administration, or law), and it also provides career alternatives in chemistry.

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  1. No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
  2. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department requires the final 10 hours of required chemistry credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  3. Complete the following:
  4. Complete one of the following options:
      Either
        CHEM 468 : Biophysical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 468 : Biophysical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 481 & MATH 113 & PHSCS 220; or CHEM 481M & MATH 113 & PHSCS 220
        DESCRIPTION: Applications of physical chemistry to biological systems. Spectroscopic applications, computational methods, structural biochemistry, thermodynamics, equilibria, statistical mechanics, transport properties, kinetics, quantum mechanics.
        NOTE: For biochemistry (BS) majors and those interested in the health professions or biochemistry. (For prerequisites, Phscs 220 may be taken concurrently.)

        Course Outcomes


        CHEM 481M : Biochemistry--Majors. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 481M : Biochemistry--Majors. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 352M & PDBIO 120; or CHEM 352 & PDBIO 120
        DESCRIPTION: First-semester biochemistry. Molecular components of cells, chemical structure and function, enzymes, metabolic transformations, photosynthesis.
        NOTE: For chemistry and biochemistry majors only. (For prerequisite, Bio 130 may be used in place of PDBio 120.)

        Course Outcomes


        CHEM 584 : Biochemistry Laboratory/Proteins. (3:1:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 584 : Biochemistry Laboratory/Proteins. (3:1:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 481M; or CHEM 481
        DESCRIPTION: Introduction to current biochemical research procedures including spectrophotometry, chromatography, electrophoresis, and immunological techniques. Protein over-expression; isolation and characterization methods. Enzyme kinetics and protein-ligand interactions. Introduction to bioinformatics.
        NOTE: May be taken before or after Chem 586.

        Course Outcomes


          Or
          CHEM 586 : Biochemistry Laboratory/Nucleic Acids. (3:1:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          CHEM 586 : Biochemistry Laboratory/Nucleic Acids. (3:1:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
          PREREQUISITE: CHEM 482
          DESCRIPTION: Laboratory course covering major techniques involved in isolation, amplification, and cloning of recombinant DNA as well as isolation, synthesis, translation, and identification of RNA.
          NOTE: May be taken before or after Chem 584.

          Course Outcomes


        STAT 201 : Statistics for Engineers and Scientists. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        STAT 201 : Statistics for Engineers and Scientists. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: MATH 112; or MATH 119
        DESCRIPTION: The scientific method; probability, random variables, common discrete and continuous random variables, central limit theorem; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; completely randomized experiments; factorial experiments.

        Course Outcomes


      Or
        CHEM 462 : Physical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 462 : Physical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: MATH 302 & PHSCS 123; Chem 227 or concurrent enrollment; Chem 351M or 351; Phscs 220 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Quantum mechanics, group theory, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, computational methods, statistical mechanics.

        Course Outcomes


        CHEM 463 : Physical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 463 : Physical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 462 & PHSCS 220
        RECOMMENDED: Math 302.
        DESCRIPTION: Thermodynamics and equilibria, states of matter, kinetic-molecular theory, kinetics, statistical mechanics.

        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


        MATH 302 : Mathematics for Engineering 1. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        MATH 302 : Mathematics for Engineering 1. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Math 113.
        DESCRIPTION: Multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and numerical methods.

        Course Outcomes


  5. Complete the following:
  6. After consulting with an advisor, complete 3 hours from the following:

Recommended Courses

Note: Supporting courses suggested by most medical and dental schools are found by visiting the Preprofessional Advisement office. The more rigorous chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses required for the chemistry majors will satisfy the minimum requirements listed there. Elective courses in biochemistry and in biological science are especially pertinent to these preprofessional programs.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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