Chemistry - BA, Chemical Education Track

The chemical education track provides the student an opportunity to obtain secondary teacher certification in addition to completion of the requirements for a degree in chemistry. Many students who plan to become high school chemistry teachers or to pursue a master’s degree in chemical education will find this track attractive. Students must complete the requirements for secondary teacher certification as defined by the College of Education and Human Development (consultation with the College of Education and Human Development is required).

First Year
SpringSemester Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
 
Chemistry of the Elements
and Qualitative Analysis
 
HIST 106History of the United States 23
MATH 152 or MATH 172Engineering Mathematics II or Calculus 4
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fall
CHEM 100Horizons in Chemistry 1
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
 
Structure and Bonding
and Physical and Chemical Principles
 
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105History of the United States 23
MATH 151 or MATH 171Engineering Mathematics I or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4
Chemical Education Track Elective 1
Self-Directed Experiences with Adolescents  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 234Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 43
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
Chemical Education Track Elective 3
Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 231Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Chemical Education Track Elective 3
Understanding Special Populations  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Spring
CHEM 325Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 328Physical Chemistry II 3
Chemical Education Track Elective 3
Teaching Skills II  
Select two of the following: 56
Communication
Creative arts
Course for Minor
Choose one of the following: 3
Quantitative Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
 
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fall
CHEM 315Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I 3
Chemical Education Track Electives 6
Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society or Racial and Ethnic Relations  
Teaching and Schooling in Modern Society  
Select one of the following: 53
Communication
Creative arts
Minor Course
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Spring
Electives 12
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
Fall
CHEM 326Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 481Seminar 42
Chemical Education Track Elective 3
Science in the Middle and Secondary School  
Select one of the following: 3
Quantitative Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
 
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Select two of the following: 56
Communication
Creative arts
Course for Minor
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

 Select a section designated for chemistry majors.

2

Students may substitute any 6 hours of American history courses approved by the University Core Curriculum to fulfill this requirement, but no more than 3 hours may be in Texas history. Students seeking teacher certification must take HIST 105 and HIST 106.

3

This is a designated C- or W-course.

4

These electives must include 12 hours which meet the language, philosophy and culture (3 hours), creative arts (3 hours), social and behavioral science (3 hours) and communication (3 hours) requirements of the University Core Curriculum. In addition, 6 hours of courses must be in the area of international and cultural diversity. These may be in addition to the previous 12 hours of University Core Curriculum courses, or if a course in this category satisfies an area of the Core, it can be used to meet both requirements. Additional elective hours must be used to complete a required minor approved by the granting department or students must satisfy the requirements of one of the approved chemistry track programs. BA chemistry majors may take CHEM 485 or CHEM 491 as elective courses. The total hours of CHEM 485 and CHEM 491 taken on a graded (A-F) basis may not exceed 9. Additional hours of these courses may be taken on an S/U basis. A maximum of 6 hours of these courses may be included on the degree plan. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the chemistry advisor, and should be selected to meet the residency requirement (36 hours at 300-400-level must be taken at TAMU). Electives recommended in the various track programs should be strongly considered.