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Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
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(309) 677-3030

Chemistry-High School Education Major

The Chemistry-High School 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.

Four Year Plan

A chemistry major might complete the required science and education courses according to the following schedule. Note: Required General Education/Bradley Core Curriculum 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
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

To see a more detailed list of the requirements, please see the listing in the
Undergraduate Catalog.