Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Chemistry B.S. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Hua Zhao, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3480

Telephone: 970.351.2559

Website: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry

Advising Information:

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

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide 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 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.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

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.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS 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.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program. Students must consult with their major advisor to receive information on any additional graduation requirements.

Degree Requirements — 120-121 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120-121 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 66-67 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

SCI 291 (3) is recommended to fulfill Intermediate Written Communication requirement and will fulfill both the major requirements and the liberal arts curriculum. 

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 131 (4) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.  

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 111L (1), and BIO 110 (4) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 66-67 credits

Take all of the following courses:

BIO 110Biology: Atoms to CellsLAS1LASL


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry ILAS1


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I LaboratoryLAS1LASL


CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II


CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I


CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II


CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory


CHEM 321Chemical Analysis


CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry I


CHEM 450Survey of Physical Chemistry


CHEM 450LSurvey of Physical Chemistry Laboratory


MATH 131Calculus ILAX1


PHYS 220Introductory Physics ILAS1LASL


SCI 291Scientific WritingLAW2


Choose one of the following courses:

AST 100The Sky and PlanetsLAS1LASL


MET 205General MeteorologyLAS1LASL


Choose one of the following courses (2-3 credits):

CHEM 360Environmental Chemistry


ENST 235Chemistry and the EnvironmentLAS1


Science Licensure

BIO 111Biology: Organisms to EcosystemsLAS1LASL


GEOL 201Physical Geology


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


3. Required PTEP — 36 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

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 (11 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level


ET 449Integrating Technologies into Secondary Education Pedagogy


SCED 441Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science


EDRD 340: may be taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (12 credits).

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


4. University-Wide Credits — 0 credits*

*Note: Students must apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 120-121 credit hours. Students may have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree depending on the number of credits applied to both the LAC and the major. See your advisor for details.

This degree has received an exemption from the state to exceed the 120 credit hour limit.

ACS Certification obtained by completing the following:

CHEM 381Principles of Biochemistry


CHEM 381LPrinciples of Biochemistry Lab


CHEM 421Instrumental Analysis


CHEM 442Inorganic Chemistry II


CHEM 443Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory


CHEM 451Physical Chemistry I


CHEM 451LPhysical Chemistry I Laboratory


CHEM 452Physical Chemistry II


CHEM 452LPhysical Chemistry II Laboratory


MATH 132Calculus IILAX1


MATH 233Calculus III


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.