Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

Secondary Education

  • Chemistry Major
  • Chemistry Minor

Graduate Program

  • M.A., Teaching College Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs

Chemistry Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 40 semester hours

Notes: 11 credit hours must be in laboratory courses. (One credit hour each of CHM 131, 132, 211 and 331, and two credit hours of CHM 161 count as laboratory credit hours).

CHM 521 (3) and CHM 522 (3) may be substituted for CHM 425 (3).

You are urged to consult your major/pre-professional advisor before enrolling for biochemistry courses. It is recommended that if you plan to teach chemistry in secondary schools, you should major in chemistry.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

  • You must have completed at least 30 hours of your chemistry major, in addition to CHM 505 (3) and CHM 507 (1), before approval for student teaching can be given. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in those 33 hours of chemistry courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least 6 of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum GPA of 2.7. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
  • In order for you to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at your request, provide completed department student evaluation forms.
  • You must demonstrate competence in chemistry by passing an American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specific level in order to be approved for student teaching.
  • Major Map

Chemistry Core I (5-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (8 hours)

  • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
  • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)

Option B (5 hours)

  • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)

Chemistry Core II (27-29 hours)

  • CHM 211: Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
  • CHM 331: Inorganic Chemistry 3(2-4)
  • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
  • CHM 351: Physical Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 352: Physical Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 357: Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2(0-4)
  • CHM 425: Introductory Biochemistry 3(3-0)
  • CHM 491: Undergraduate Research 1-3(Spec)

Required Courses (4 hours)

  • CHM 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)
  • CHM 507: Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics 1(Spec)

Note: Chem 505 and 507 should be taken concurrently.

Electives (0-4 hours)

Electives: Sufficient 500-level advanced courses to meet the minimum credit hour requirement. Certain electives are required for American Chemical Society certification. Electives are to be selected in consultation with, and approved by, a chemistry major advisor.

 

Chemistry Minor (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 23 semester hours

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

  • You must have completed at least 20 hours of your chemistry minor, in addition to CHM 505 (3), before approval for student teaching can be given. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in those 23 hours of chemistry courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least 6 of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum GPA of 2.7. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
  • In order for you to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at your request, provide completed department student evaluation forms.
  • You must demonstrate competence in chemistry by passing an American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specific level in order to be approved for student teaching.

Required Courses I (5-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (8 hours)

  • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
  • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)

Option B (5 hours)

  • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)

Required Courses II (15 hours)

  • CHM 211: Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
  • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
  • CHM 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)

Electives (0-3 hours)

Selected in consultation with and approved by a chemistry minor advisor.

Note: Five credit hours must be in laboratory courses.

 

Graduate Programs

Teaching College Chemistry (M.A. degree)

Total: 30 semester hours

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

In addition to the standard College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, you must submit scores for the General GRE. Also, you must arrange for 2-3 persons familiar with your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate student and teaching assistant to send letters of recommendation to the Graduate College. Letters of support may also be emailed directly to mary.tecklenburg@cmich.edu.

To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than February 1.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of courses taken as a graduate student.
  • A minimum of 55 semester hours of chemistry (combining graduate and undergraduate credits).
  • A minimum of 15 semester hours of chemistry at or above the 600 level.
  • CHM 781: Chemistry Teaching Practicum 2(Spec)
  • CHM 793: Chemistry Teaching Internship 1-9(Spec)
  • CHM 794: Experimentation in the Teaching of Chemistry 1-6(Spec)
  • Note: 3 to 9 hours of CHM 793 are required. 6 semester hours of CHM 794 shall be fulfilled by demonstration of creative scholarship in the teaching of chemistry as designated by the committee

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