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Chemistry - Biochemistry Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

Biochemistry studies the chemical composition of living things. Biochemistry combines the study of biology with organic and inorganic chemistry as applied to topics such as enzymology, genetics, toxicology, pharmacology, food science, and medicine. Students with this degree may pursue graduate study or work in the field of biotechnology or in one of the many related areas or be eligible for many employment opportunities in chemistry and biology.

Total Program Credits: 121

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0) 
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0) 
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0) 
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)
Complete the following: 
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
or BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4.0) (Required for Forensic Chemistry and Biochemistry)  
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (To be taken with CHEM 1215) 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (To be taken with CHEM 1225) 4
  Fine Arts 3
Complete the following distribution courses: 6
  Humanities
  Social/Behavioral Science
Discipline Core Requirements: 46 Credits
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (To be taken with CHEM 1210) 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (To be taken with CHEM 1220) 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry 2
  CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
  CHEM 3100 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
  CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  CHEM 3605 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
  CHEM 4000 Instrumental Analysis 2
  CHEM 4005 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
  CHEM 4920 Chemistry Capstone I  1
  CHEM 4930 Chemistry Capstone II 1
  CHEM 4940 Chemistry Capstone III 1
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
Emphasis Requirements: 16 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3
  BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  BIOL 3405 Cell Biology Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3090 Physical Chemistry Applications in Biology 3
  CHEM 3115 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3620 Biological Chemistry II 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 20 Credits
One Upper-division (3000 and above) Chemistry course except CHEM 3060 and CHEM 3070 3
A minimum of 17 credits from the following: 17
  BIOL 3300 Developmental Biology (3.0)
  BIOL 3500 Genetics (3.0) 
and BIOL 3505 Genetics Tutorial (0.5) 
  BIOL 3515 Advanced Genetics Laboratory (1.0)
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology (3.0) 
  BIOL 4300 Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis (4.0)
  BIOL 4450 Immunology (3.0) 
  BIOL 4455 Immunology Laboratory (1.0)
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0) 
and ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology (3.0) 
and ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory (1.0)
  ZOOL 4300 Histology (4.0) 
  CHEM 496R Special Topics in Chemistry (1.0)

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 121 semester credits with a minimum of 40 upper-division credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above with a minimum of 2.25 in Major.
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. A minimum of 54 credit hours must be in the major with a minimum of 20 credits taken at UVU. A minimum of 28 chemistry credits must be upper-division.
  6. Complete all chemistry and physics courses with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210* Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH 1210* Calculus I 5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
HLTH 1100 or
PES 1097
Personal Health and Wellness or
Fitness for Life
2
  Semester total: 15
Note: *Pre-requisites are required. Please see the advisor.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing: Science/Tech 3
Humanities Distribution See general education list 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab 1
American Institutions See general education list 3
Fine Arts Distribution See general education list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3
BIOL 1625 College Biology I Lab 1
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
CHEM 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry 2
CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 3115 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
Biology Elective Choose from Biology Elective list 3
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3620 Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 3100 Advance Inorganic Chemistry 4
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 3405 Cell Biology Lab 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
CHEM 4920 Chemistry Capstone I 1
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Chemistry Elective Any CHEM course not previously taken, except CHEM 3060 or CHEM 3070 3
Biology Elective See Advisor to Choose from Biology Elective List* 4
Biology Elective See Advisor to Choose from Biology Elective List* 3
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution See general education list 3
CHEM 4930 Chemistry Capstone II 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 3090 Physical Chemistry Applications in Biology 3
CHEM 4000* Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4005 Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
Biology Elective See Advisor to Choose from Biology Elective List* 4
Biology Elective See Advisor to Choose from Biology Elective List* 3
CHEM 4940 Chemistry Capstone III 1
  Semester total: 15
Note: *Pre-requisites/Co-requisites are required. Please see the advisor.
  Degree total: 121

Department

Name: Chemistry
Location: PS 230
Telephone: 801-863-6017
Email: hancocke@uvu.edu
Web Address: www.uvu.edu/chemistry/
Chair: Daren Heaton
 
 

Mission Statement

The Chemistry Department is dedicated to providing a high quality chemistry education for the students at Utah Valley University. The department offers a wide variety of classes to support other departments and to provide excellent training leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Physics Education. The chemistry faculty is committed to encouraging students to learn and to do research not only in their course work, but in their lifelong careers.

 
 

Chemistry

  • Administrative Support: Kellie D. Hancock
  • Telephone: 801-863-6295
  • Email: hancocke@uvu.edu

Faculty:

  • Professor
  •     Asmahan El Ezzi
  • Associate Professor
  •     Calvin Bond
  •     Fern Caka
  •     Gamini Gunawardena
  •     Daren Heaton
  •     Matthew Horn
  •     Craig Thulin
  •     Bruce Wilson
  • Assistant Professor
  •     Merrill Halling
  •     Young Wan Ham
  •     James Shurtleff
  • Lecturer
  •     Moana Hopoate-Sitake


Advisors:


Pre-Health Professions Counseling:

Staff:

Lab Manager/Instructor: Kris Andress
Lab Manager/Instructor: Craig Moore
Lab Manager/Instructor, Inorganic Chemistry: Tom Strangfeld
Lab Manager/Instructor, Organic Chemistry: Chin Yah Yeh
Manager, Central Stock Room: Keshar Tamrakar

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a bachelor degree in Chemistry will be prepared to work in industry or pursue a graduate degree in chemistry. Current employment opportunities for graduates in Chemistry programs are good.

Graduates with a bachelor degree in Chemistry Education will be prepared to teach chemistry in junior and senior high. Current employment opportunities for graduates from Chemistry Education programs are excellent.

Programs

Students may receive:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Forensic Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Professional Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education

Admission Requirements

A student who wants to pursue a chemistry major should meet with the department chair or chemistry advisor for advisement.

 
 

Faculty

Calvin Bond(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, Ph.D., Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, University of Maryland.

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Fern Caka(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Stephen Chamberland(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry, Boston College; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine.

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Asmahan El Ezzi(2009)

Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, AL-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya; Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, Rennes I University, Rennes, France.

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Gamini Gunawardena(1996)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., General Science, Ruhuna University; M.S., Chemistry, Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Utah.

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Merrill Halling(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Utah.

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Young Ham(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



M.S., Organic Chemistry, Hanyang University, Korea; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Purdue University.

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Moana Hopoate-Sitake(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, Weber State University; PhD., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Horn(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.A., Chemistry, Lawrence University; Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Chicago.

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James Shurtleff(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, M.B.A., Business Administration, B.S., Chemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Craig Thulin(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.A., Biology, University of Utah; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Washington.

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Mark Wathen(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., Chemistry, M.S., Organic Chemistry, Utah State University; Ph.D., Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado.

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Bruce Wilson(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Chemistry
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Chemistry (minor Physics), Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Chemistry, Texas A&M University.

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