Chemistry Education

Chemistry Education
Hours80.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

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 or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.
For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements.
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.
Contact Education Student Services for entrance requirements into the licensure program.
A teaching minor is not required for licensure. However, it is strongly recommended.
requirement 1 Complete 10 courses
Note: With department approval Chem 105 may substitute for Chem 111; and Chem 106 for Chem 112.
requirement 3 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 4 Complete 9.0 hours from the following option(s)
Only ONE of Geol 101 or 111 can be taken. With approval, certain other courses in physics, geology, mathematics, and biology may be taken to satisfy this requirement.
requirement 5 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 120 MCKB, 422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before enrollment into Phy S 276.
option 5.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their LiveText accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the LiveText account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Program Outcomes

Chemistry Fundamentals

Program graduates will have demonstrate a solid conceptual understanding of the structure and reactivity of matter and will firmly grasp the key ideas and practices in analytical, organic and physical chemistry.

Laboratory Procedures and Practice

Program graduates will be able to perform basic laboratory procedures used in inorganic and small molecule analysis, organic synthesis, and physical chemistry including good standard lab practices and accurate record keeping. They will also be able to design effective experiments, critically analyze data, and apply basic statistical principles to experimental results and carry out an independent research project in a laboratory class setting.


Program graduates who choose the research option, will be able to draw on classroom knowledge and laboratory classes to make an individual contribution in a research laboratory.

Communication, Pedagogy and Classroom Management

Program graduates will be able to effectively communicate ideas and experimental results in a variety of formats including written and oral reports and technical graphics as well as, be able to search, read, and understand technical and pedagogical literature related to the chemical sciences.

Graduates of this program will be able to apply an understanding of chemistry and methods of pedagogy to teaching concepts and problem solving in chemistry at the high school and advanced placement level. Graduates will be able to manage the typical range of challenges in the classroom, lab, and field trips, and they will have developed skills in teaching high school students with different cultural backgrounds.

Professional Ethics

Graduates will understand professional and scientific ethics. They will apply the Moral Dimensions of Teaching embraced by the McKay School of Education.

Career Preparation

Graduates will be prepared to be effective educators at the secondary level and be able to effectively communicate the range of career opportunities in the chemical sciences open to their students.