Overview of BYU-Idaho's Chemistry Department



The mission of the BYU-Idaho Chemistry Department is to provide a quality chemistry program to help students become productive employees and citizens in the society.  This program consists of appropriate classes, laboratory courses, and research opportunities for students of varying educational pursuits.  The department is also committed to the academic improvement and professional development of the faculty members.

Goals specific to this mission statement would include the following:

  1. Support the mission of BYU-Idaho.

  2. Provide the necessary chemistry classes with appropriate content and rigor for students enrolled in a Chemistry B.S. degree.  Expose students to the key ideas in practices in each of the chemistry subdisciplines: physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry.  Teach students correct laboratory skills, including laboratory safety, standard experimental practices and accurate record keeping.  Provide students with the opportunity to read selected scientific materials and apply appropriate language to describe and analyze scientific events.

  3. Provide the necessary chemistry classes as support programs for students in other disciplines, including other science majors, engineering majors, and health or other pre-professional majors.

  4. Provide extracurricular development for students as teaching assistants, laboratory instructors, or lecture demonstration assistants at the introductory chemistry level.

  5. Provide the necessary chemistry courses for students earning general education credit in physical science.

  6. Demonstrate the importance of chemistry as a science through the following:  (a) introduce students to the facts, concepts, and vocabulary of chemistry provide them with a solid conceptual understanding of chemical processes; (b) encourage development of students' problem-solving skills applied to problems in chemistry and give students the opportunity to use the scientific method to formulate explanations for events in the natural world; (c) show relationships of chemistry to other disciplines, such as mathematics and the biological sciences; and (d) demonstrate the application of chemistry to have a powerful, positive impact on the lives and standard of living of the world population

  7. Encourage faculty to maintain a high level of competence in chemistry through individual study, attendance at conferences, membership in appropriate national organizations, and participation in university-granted leaves.