Chemistry-Secondary Education Major

The Chemistry-Secondary Education major is designed to develop in the student a scientific attitude towards problem solving, as well as a broad background in the knowledge and skills necessary for either direct employment as a teacher or as a professional chemist. This major combines the study of chemistry with the preparation for classroom teaching of the science. In addition to providing a well-rounded foundation in the traditional areas of chemistry such as organic, physical, analytical, and inorganic, the curriculum includes elective courses in materials chemistry, spectroscopy, environmental chemistry, and molecular modeling. Students who select this major must also complete all the education requirements as mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education, which includes at least 42 hours of course work in the College of Education and Health Sciences. See Gainful Employment data.

The following curriculum is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching chemistry at the high school level. In addition to meeting the general education requirements of the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chemistry-Secondary Education majors must successfully complete the following courses:

Chemistry and Science Courses

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 110/111 General Chemistry I with lab 4
  116/117 General Chemistry II with lab 5
  252/253 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
  256/257 Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
  292 Chemical Informatics 1
  326 Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
  360 Biochemistry 3
  380 Junior Seminar (2 semesters) 0
  470/471 Physical Chemistry I w/ lab 4
  480 Senior Seminar 1

Science Elective A (3 hrs required)

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
GES 101 Principles of Earth Science 3
Chemistry 316 Environmental Chemistry 3

Science Elective A (3-4 hrs required)

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 332 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
  420 Instrumental Analysis 4

Other Science/Math Requirements

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Biology 151 From Molecules to Cells with lab 4
Math   Calculus (2 semesters) 7 or 8
Physics   Physics I & II with labs 8
    Total credits 72-74

Education Courses

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
ETE 100 Technology Applications 1
  115 Schools and Schooling in American Society 3
  116 Field Experience 1
  225 Human Development 4
  280 Exploring Diversity 3
  342 Guiding Learners and Developing Classroom Communities 3
  360 Teaching Reading in the Content Fields 3
  370 General Secondary Methods I 3
  371 General Secondary Methods II 3
  374 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science 2
  379 Novice Teaching in Secondary School 2
  490 Portfolio Development 1
  499 Student Teaching in the Secondary School 10 or 13

Health/Physical Development Elective (3 hrs required)

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
FCS 203 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
Nursing 163 Health of the School Age Child 3
  220 Alcohol: Use and Abuse 3
  221 Substance Abuse 3
  263 Introduction to Personal & Community Health 3
  376 Advanced Concepts in Health 3
    Total credits 98-103

Four Year Plan

A chemistry major might complete the required science and education courses according to the following schedule. Note that required general education courses would be distributed among the eight semesters.

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Freshman General Chemistry I with lab
Calculus I
Schools and Schooling in American Society
Field Experience
General Chemistry II with lab
From Molecules to Cells with lab
Calculus II
Human Development
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab
Physics I with lab
Health/Physical Development Course
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Analytical Chemistry with lab
Chemical Informatics
Physics II with lab
Technology Applications
General Secondary Methods I
Junior Physical Chemistry I with lab
Biochemistry
Junior Seminar
Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities
Guiding Learners and Developing Classroom Communities
Junior Seminar
Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
Novice Teaching in Secondary School
Science Electives
Senior Teaching Reading in the Content Fields
General Secondary Methods II
Science Electives
Senior Seminar
Student Teaching in the Secondary School
Portfolio Development