Chemistry is an active discipline vital to human existence and essential to the understanding of biological, medical, industrial, economic, and environmental issues.
The Southern Utah University chemistry faculty (website) are committed to instilling an understanding of chemistry and its relevance through quality teaching, scholarly activities, and service. In a world that is becoming increasingly more technical and complex, providing chemical instruction with the depth, breadth, and rigor required to meet this need is of primary importance.
As chemistry faculty, we strive to provide students with quality, current, comprehensive courses of study which serve the following needs:
- Preparation of students who choose to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry.
- Preparation of students who choose to pursue degrees in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.).
- Preparation of students who choose to gain employment in a science related field with an undergraduate degree.
- Preparation of students who choose to become chemical educators.
- Education of students to think critically and independently.
- Improvement of students’ communicative, creative, analytic, and information-gathering skills.
To accomplish these goals, the chemistry faculty will provide the following:
- Honest evaluations of students’ abilities and potential.
- A climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, and students.
- The application and involvement of basic scientific principles and methodologies.
- Competitive opportunities for mentorship through undergraduate research, employment, and other engaged methods.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students should be able to use the peer-reviewed scientific literature effectively and evaluate technical articles critically. Computer applications and resources will be emphasized as a method to navigate the literature.
- Students should be able to present information in a clear and organized manner, write well-organized and concise reports in a scientifically appropriate style, and use technology such as poster preparation software, word-processing, chemical structure drawing programs, and computerized presentations in their communication.
- Students should understand responsible disposal techniques, understand and comply with safety regulations, understand and use material safety data sheets (MSDS), recognize and minimize potential chemical and physical hazards in the laboratory, and know how to handle laboratory emergencies effectively.
- Students should be able to define problems clearly, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data using appropriate statistical methods, and draw appropriate conclusions.
- All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the major.
- All prerequisite courses must be passed with “C” (2.0) or better.
- Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis students are required to complete a teaching minor in one of the physical sciences or mathematics. This will increase their marketability when they enter the teaching profession.
- This major requires the student to complete the coursework for the Secondary Education Licensure. Consult the Department of Teacher Education for more information.
- This degree does not include the requisite number of upper-division credit hours. Students completing this degree will fill the upper-division requirement with their minor requirements and/or their Secondary Education Licensure coursework.
- All Chemistry majors must successfully complete an exit exam before graduation.
- Credits greater than 10 years old will not be accepted in this major.
- Some courses are taught every other year. Consult your advisor for scheduling help.
Admission to Chemistry Program
The objective of requiring admission to the chemistry program is to ensure preparedness for upper-division chemistry courses. A secondary purpose is to facilitate tracking and advising of students.
The requirements for obtaining admission to the chemistry programs are as follows:
- To be considered for admission to SUU’s chemistry program, students must have:
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
- Completed the following, or its equivalent, with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better:
- No pre-chemistry students may enroll in courses with numbers greater than 2999 without formally declaring themselves chemistry majors.
- The College of Science and Engineering Student Success Advisors will ensure that this requirement has been met.
- Non-chemistry majors or minors may take upper-division chemistry courses only with permission of the instructors.
The Department of Physical Science strongly recommends that students complete the following courses as part of their General Education, as they are prerequisites for required major courses and/or requirements for graduation. Students who do not complete these courses as part of General Education can potentially add additional credits and time to their degree. These courses may or may not need to be taken before starting any major courses; consult a Student Success Advisor for details.
* Note: Students who are not prepared for this math course may need additional math credits/preparation. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for more information.
General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)
See General Education for course options.
- Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
- Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)
Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)
- Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits
* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details.
Chemistry - Teacher Education Curriculum Summary (43 Credits)
Required Chemistry Courses (39 Credits)
Required Physical Science Education Courses (4 Credits)
Required Education Minor (20 Credits)
Students completing the Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis major must complete one of the following minors:
Free Electives (22-29 Credits)
Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.
Total Credits, B.S. Degree: 120
Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Licensure (36-39 Credits)*
To qualify for a teaching license, students must also complete the sequence of professional education courses listed by the Department of Teacher Education. Please see the degree requirements for Secondary Education Licensure. Some classes required for the licensure cannot be taken until the teacher candidate has been admitted to the College of Education and Human Development. Please consult your advisor or the Department of Teacher Education for further instruction.
* Students who complete their teaching methods course(s) and student teaching as part of their major requirements will earn fewer than 36 credits. Those course credits are counted only once in the degree total.
Total Credits, B.S. Degree with Licensure: 122-126