Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Chemistry M.S. – Education Concentration Non-Thesis Option

Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Greeley
Mode: In-person
Start terms: Fall, Spring

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Email: chemistry@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry-biochemistry/

This Chemistry M.S. extends and builds upon the knowledge and skills learned at the undergraduate level and, through the science education component, develops skills necessary to become increasingly effective in the chemistry classroom.

Successful completion of this degree will enhance advancement opportunities in the education field and provide a teacher advanced training in content and pedagogy. The degree can also qualify graduates to teach at the junior or community college level.


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for consideration of admission, all students should have completed chemistry courses comparable to those required in the B.S. degree in chemistry (ACS Certified) including courses in organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. If these requirements are not met, a candidate may be admitted to the program but will need to meet specific academic requirements stipulated and monitored by the program faculty within the first calendar year program enrollment.

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Required Courses - 7 hours

CHEM 682Problems in Teaching Chemistry


PSY 540Theories and Principles of Learning


CHEM 600Seminar in Chemistry



CHEM 622Directed Studies

1- 3

Note: Take CHEM 600 or CHEM 622. Students should consult their advisor to choose the appropriate option.

Chemistry Electives - 3-12 hours

In consultation with their advisor, candidates can select up to 12 hours of chemistry elective coursework. 

CHEM 522Advanced Analytical Chemistry


CHEM 523Chemical Spectroscopy


CHEM 525Forensic Chemistry


CHEM 533Organic Synthesis and Stereochemistry


CHEM 534Theory and Mechanisms of Organic Reactions


CHEM 543Organometallic Chemistry


CHEM 560Environmental Chemistry


CHEM 581General Biochemistry I


CHEM 582General Biochemistry II


CHEM 590Advanced Topics in Chemistry


CHEM 622Directed Studies

1- 3

Pedagogy Electives - 11 hours minimum

In consultation with their advisor, candidates can select at least 11 hours of appropriate graduate-level courses in supporting areas such as Psychology, Educational Technology, Science Education, Education Foundations, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Applied Psychology and Counselor Education, and Statistics and Research Methods.

Note: In addition to course requirements, all students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination in chemical education that includes the ACS General Chemistry I and II standardized examinations with a grade of 80% or higher.

Qualifier Examinations — Each student must pass qualifying examinations in three of five areas selected from chemistry content (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry). Students will have two opportunities to pass each area exam. Qualifier examinations are scheduled during the two week period preceding the beginning of the Fall semester. If an examination is failed, the requirement may be satisfied by completing designated undergraduate coursework in the appropriate subdiscipline with a minimum grade of “B.”

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