Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Chemistry M.S. – Education Concentration Thesis Option

Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

View delivery options, start terms and admission requirements.

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.

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Research Credits — 9 hours

CHEM 600Seminar in Chemistry


and either

CHEM 695Thesis Proposal


CHEM 699Thesis

1- 6


CHEM 693Chemical Research

1- 9

Note: All students must take CHEM 600 two separate times for a total of 2 hours. Students completing a thesis must also take 1 hour of CHEM 695 and 6 hours of CHEM 699.

Chemistry Elective Credits — 6-15 hours

CHEM 522Advanced Analytical Chemistry


CHEM 523Chemical Spectroscopy


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 693Chemical Research

1- 9

Pedagogy Credits — 6-15 hours

CHEM 682Problems in Teaching Chemistry


SCED 694Science Education Research


Pedagogy/Research Methods Electives

In conjunction with their advisor, candidates can select appropriate graduate level courses in supporting areas such as:

  • Statistics and Research Methods (SRM)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Educational Technology (ET)
  • Science Education (SCED)

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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