​An ACS Approved Degree that Transforms Students into Chemistry Educators

CMU's Chemistry Teaching (B.S. in Education) program prepares students to teach chemistry at the secondary education level (grades 6 through 12) through a curriculum that combines professional education courses with a chemistry major that is fully approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). CMU’s program provides a thorough foundation in chemistry and teaching theoretical and practical knowledge, laboratory and problem-solving skills, information literacy, communication, safety, and ethics.

CMU is the only public university in Michigan to have a required thesis-based research capstone for all chemistry majors, including chemistry teaching majors. Every student works one-on-one with a faculty member to design and execute a research project—in this program, the research is often focused on chemical education—then communicate their findings through a written thesis and a poster presentation. Many students publish in peer-reviewed journals and travel to present their work at regional or national scientific meetings. See our undergraduate capstone research page for more information. In addition, all chemistry teaching majors take upper-level chemistry-specific teaching courses.

Program Requirements

The Chemistry Teaching B.S. in Education degree has professional education and chemistry major requirements. Below is a representative list of required courses for the major, not including general education requirements. The complete, up-to-date program requirements and course descriptions are always available in the online academic bulletin. Review these program requirements with an academic advisor and with assistance from the Chemistry Teaching (B.S. in Education) major map, which is an illustrative guide that will help you plan your coursework.

Human Development (3 hours)
  • HDF 100 - Lifespan Development
Professional Education Requirements (34 hours)
  • EDU 107 - Introduction to Teaching
  • EDU 290 - Technology in Education
  • EDU 310 - Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDU 325 - Middle Level and High School Teaching Methods
  • EDU 432 - Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 450 - Content Area Literacy
  • EDU 458 - Student teaching
  • EDU 495 - Foundations of Education
  • SPE 504 - Teaching Students in Inclusive Settings
Chemistry Major Requirements
  • Chemistry Core I (5-8 hours)
    • Option A (8 hours):
      • CHM 131 - General Chemistry I
      • CHM 132 - General Chemistry II
    • Option B (5 hours):
      • CHM 161 - Principles of Chemistry
  • Chemistry Core II (27-29 hours)
    • CHM 211QR - Quantitative Analysis
    • CHM 331 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHM 345 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 346 - Organic Chemistry II
    • CHM 349 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHM 351 - Physical Chemistry I
    • CHM 352 - Physical Chemistry II
    • CHM 357 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHM 425 - Introductory Biochemistry
    • CHM 491WI - Undergraduate Research
  • Required Courses (4 hours)
    • CHM 505 - Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools
    • CHM 507 - Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics
  • Electives (0-4 hours)
    • 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.

What's Next?

If you are a prospective student, please contact us for more information about our Department and this program and apply to CMU. If you are interested in other undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, click here.

If you are a current CMU student considering majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, please set up a meeting with an academic advisor to plan your coursework, learn more about undergraduate research, and sign your major.