Jan 31, 2023  
2013-2014 General Catalog 

Chemistry - Teacher Education Emphasis, B.S.


Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose/physci/chemistry

Chemistry, a central science, 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 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 including:

  1. Preparation of students who choose to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry.
  2. Preparation of students who choose to pursue degrees in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.)
  3. Preparation of students who choose to gain employment in a science related field with an undergraduate degree.
  4. Preparation of students who choose to become chemical educators.
  5. Education of students to think critically and independently.
  6. Helping students improve communicative, creative, analytic, and information gathering skills.

To accomplish these goals, the chemistry faculty will provide the following:

  1. Honest evaluations of student abilities and potential.
  2. A climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff and students.
  3. The application and involvement of basic scientific principles and methodologies.
  4. Competitive opportunities for mentorship through undergraduate research, employment, and other engaged methods.

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:

  1. To be considered for admission to SUU’s chemistry program students must have:
    1. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
    2. Completed the following, or its equivalent; with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better:
      1. Chemical Principles series with laboratory (CHEM 1210 , CHEM 1215 , CHEM 1220 , CHEM 1225 )
      2. Calculus Series (MATH 1210 , MATH 1220 ).
  2. No pre-chemistry students may enroll in courses with numbers greater than 2999 without formally declaring themselves chemistry majors.
    1. The College of Science and Engineering advisors will ensure that this requirement has been met.
    2. Non-chemistry majors or minors may take upper division chemistry courses only with permission of the instructors.

General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 17 credits (must take MATH 1210  **)
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

Required Minor (21 Credits)

This degree requires a teaching minor in one of the physical sciences (geography teacher education, geology teacher education, or physics teacher education) OR mathematics (mathematics minor emphasis in education).

Required Secondary Education Licensure* (37-40 Credits)

*Secondary Education Licensure

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 Teacher Education Department. Please consult your advisor or the Teacher Education Department for further instruction.

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 137-140


(1) 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. (2) A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in each course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course.(3) This major requires the student to complete the course work for the Secondary Teaching Certificate. (see below) Consult the department of teacher education. (4) 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 or their Secondary Teaching Certificate coursework. (5) All Chemistry Majors must successfully complete an exit exam before graduation. Majors must consult with their advisor concerning their program schedule for the chemistry education emphasis. (6) Credits greater than 10 years old will not be accepted for this degree.

* Courses are taught every other year. Consult your advisor.

** If you are not prepared for this math course, please your see advisor for alternate recommendations.