BS Degree in Chemistry Education {23-24}

B.S. Degree in Chemistry Education

To receive the B.S. Degree in Chemistry Education, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits with a 2.5 GPA or higher is required to graduate with this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum and Secondary Teaching licensure Education requirements. Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of experimental and theoretical chemistry and/or biochemistry.
  • To demonstrate skills in analytical thinking, problem solving and application of scientific methods to experimental data.
  • To demonstrate skills in laboratory operations including techniques and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate ability to design and conduct chemical or biochemical research projects.
  • To effectively communicate chemistry or biochemistry in written and oral formats.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 62 credits )

Students must fulfill all teacher licensure requirements in addition to the chemistry content core, which adds 33 credits.

CHEM 150 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 210 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 294 Introduction to Research (1) *was CHEM 297
CHEM 375 Team-Based Chemistry Research  (4) * designated WI course for the major *
CHEM 350 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 355 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM 400 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 440 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3)
Total 21 credits

Pick 2 of the following (2-4 credits):

  • CHEM 150L General Chemistry I lab (1) 
  • CHEM 210L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CHEM 275 General Chemistry Research Based Lab (3)

Pick 1 of the following (3 credits):

  • CHEM 450 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (3) 
  • CHEM 460 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry & Kinetics (3) 
  • BCBT 450 Molecular and Biophysical Chemistry (3)

Pick 1 of the following (3-4 credits)

  • CHEM 380 Analytical Chemistry I with Lab (4) 
  • CHEM 480 Analytical Chemistry II (3)

Total: 29-32 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 413 Teaching in Inclusive Environments (3)
Total: 33 credits

Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
CHEM 375 Team-Based Chemistry Research

Related Requirements ( 25 credits )

BIOL 111 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 115 Organismal Biology (4)
GEOS 115 Physical Geology (4)
GEOS 116 Historical Geology (3)
GEOS 360 Planetary Science (3)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)

Pick 1 of the following classes:

25-26 total credits

Restricted Electives ( 8 credits )

PHYS 160 Physics I with Algebra & Lab (4) OR PHYS 200 Physics I with Calculus & Lab (4)
PHYS 161 Physics II with Algebra & Lab (4) OR PHYS 201 Physics II with Calculus & Lab (4)