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Chemistry (Teaching Major)

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This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in chemistry. This major qualifies students to teach chemistry at the high school, middle or junior high levels. Students should seriously consider working toward endorsement in a second area, such as biology, general science, earth science, physics, or mathematics. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department. Students completing this program are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and disposition proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for chemistry to receive a chemistry endorsement.

Students are recommended to take MATH 273 before taking CHEM 381.

Required Courses


General Chemistry Credits: 15


  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 181 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 182 - General Chemistry II Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 182 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 183 - General Chemistry III Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 183 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory III Credits: (1)

Analytical Chemistry Credits: 5


  • CHEM 332 - Quantitative Analysis Credits: (3)
  • AND
  • CHEM 332 LAB - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory Credits: (2)
  • OR
  • CHEM 345 - Environmental Chemistry Credits: (5)

Organic Chemistry Credits: 8


  • CHEM 361 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: (3)
  • CHEM 361 LAB - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: (2)
  • CHEM 362 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: (3)

Biochemistry Credits: 5


Other Courses Credits: 15


  • CHEM 350 - Inorganic Chemistry Credits: (3)
  • CHEM 381 - Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics) Credits: (5)
  • CHEM 488 - Colloquium II Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 492 - Laboratory Experience in Teaching Chemistry Credits: (2)
  • SCED 324 - Science Education in Secondary Schools Credits: (4)

Inquiry Experience - Select one of the following Credits: 1


  • CHEM 495 - Senior Research Credits: (1-6)
  • OR
  • CHEM 496 - Individual Study Credits: (1-6)
  • OR
  • SCED 495 - Science Education Research Credits: (1-3)

Introductory Physics or General Physics Credits: 15


  • PHYS 111 - Introductory Physics Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 111 LAB - Introductory Physics Laboratory Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 112 - Introductory Physics II Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 112 LAB - Introductory Physics Laboratory II Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 113 - Introductory Physics III Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 113 LAB - Introductory Physics Laboratory III Credits: (1)
  • OR
  • PHYS 181 - General Physics Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 181 LAB - General Physics Laboratory Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 182 - General Physics II Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 182 LAB - General Physics Laboratory II Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 183 - General Physics III Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 183 LAB - General Physics Laboratory III Credits: (1)

Mathematics Credits: 15


  • MATH 172 - Calculus I Credits: (5)
  • MATH 173 - Calculus II Credits: (5)
  • MATH 272 - Multivariable Calculus I Credits: (5)

Total Credits: 79


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