​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. Review these program requirements with an academic advisor who will help you plan your coursework.


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.