Chemistry Teaching Concentration

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Chemistry, Chemistry Teaching Concentration

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department faculty: Chemistry Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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advising contact: SCS Academic Advising and Chemistry Overview Section

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. 

Twelve hours of 300- or 400-level courses in Chemistry must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school (grades 9-12) chemistry through the AP/honors level and biology, earth and space science, environmental science and physics up to but not including the AP/honors level.

Students in this concentration must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (39 hours). See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters. Some students require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information. 

To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Departmental distinction: Students qualify for graduation with distinction by exhibiting superior performance in both course work and in senior thesis research. To be eligible, a student must have an major grade point average of 3.25, must take CHEM 499 (normally for two semesters) and submit a senior thesis for evaluation, and must have their undergraduate research advisor submit to the department Head a letter of support attesting to the effort invested by the student. The minimum major GPAs for Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction are 3.25, 3.5, and 3.75, respectively. Students in the Chemistry Teaching Concentration may submit their final teaching portfolio for evaluation in lieu of taking CHEM 499 and submitting a senior thesis. Final decisions on awarding Distinction honors will be made by the Head or designee.

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
Select one group of courses (Accelerated or General Chemistry):10-12
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
and Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
and Quantitative Analysis Lecture
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
Select one of the following Organic Chemistry course groups:5-6
Fundamental Organic Chem I
and Structure and Synthesis
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
and Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
Additional Required Coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
CHEM 495Teaching Secondary Chemistry4
CHEM 440Physical Chemistry Principles4
or CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry I
At least four additional hours of 300- or 400-level chemistry and/or biochemistry course work. 4
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy3
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
IB 100Biology in Today's World3
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2