Chemistry B.S. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Michael D. Mosher, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Telephone: 970.351.2559


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

This program is designed to prepare students as secondary school chemistry teachers licensed in science by the Colorado Department of Education. In addition to a strong background in chemistry, students will receive training in biological sciences, physics, earth sciences and mathematics. Students receiving this degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society. See advisor for details.

Students graduating with this degree and licensure at the elementary/middle school level could become a teacher or science coordinator at an elementary or middle school. Students graduating with this degree emphasis will be well prepared to teach chemistry and other sciences in junior and senior high school. Students completing this program will be prepared to pursue graduate study in chemical education or science education.

The program will take four-five years to complete depending on high school background and the point in the educational career at which the program is entered.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • All students in the program must take an assessment examination before graduation.
  • Students majoring in chemistry must earn a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all courses having a CHEM and SCED prefix which count toward the major.

Program Recommendations:

  • Graduate level CHEM courses are recommended for juniors and seniors. Other recommended electives include MATH 132, MATH 221, MATH 335, STAT 150, PHYS 321 and PHYS 343.
  • It is recommended that students have a fundamental background in computers.
  • Qualifying students may be eligible for a five-year program resulting in a B.S./M.S. degree. Consult your advisor early in your program for details.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 25 credits

LAC area 1.b. — Communication (Composition)

SCI 291Scientific Writing


LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


PHYS 220Introductory Physics I


Choose one of the following courses:

AST 100General Astronomy


MET 205General Meteorology


Remaining LAC — 18 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from LAC areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II


CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 321Chemical Analysis


CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I


CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II


CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I


CHEM 360Environmental Chemistry


CHEM 450Survey of Physical Chemistry


CHEM 450LSurvey of Physical Chemistry Laboratory


SCED 440Strategies in Teaching Secondary Science


CHEM 450 and CHEM 450L: May substitute CHEM 450 and CHEM 450L (4 credits total) with CHEM 451, CHEM 451LCHEM 452, and CHEM 452L 

Science Licensure

BIO 111Survey of Organismal Biology


GEOL 201Physical Geology


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


3. Required PTEP — 35 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


SCED 441Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science


EDRD 340: may be taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.

ACS Certification obtained by completing the following:

CHEM 421Instrumental Analysis


CHEM 443Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory


NOTES: All Students in the program must take an assessment examination before graduation. Students wishing to participate in the Honors Program should consult their advisors about LAC selections and other requirements.

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in chemistry courses and a successful interview with members of the chemistry faculty are required for admission to PTEP, for eligibility to student teach, and for graduation.

Transfer students must take chemistry courses from two different UNC faculty before applying for admission to PTEP.