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Chemistry Teaching

Degree Type: Teaching Endorsement

Upon graduating, students with a chemistry teaching endorsement will have developed a high level of problem solving ability, particularly with respect to laboratory problems, possess an extensive knowledge base in the areas of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry, demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific information in a written format in a coherent fashion, demonstrate an ability to present scientific information in the classroom, demonstrate knowledge of the organization of scientific literature and ability to collect and organize such information, and possess a historical appreciation for some of the major developments in the field.

Chemistry Teaching Courses

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

CHEM 235 - Quantitative Analysis

This integrated lecture and laboratory course in analytical chemistry develops the theory and experimental procedures necessary to determine exact amounts of analytes present in commonly occurring situations. Read more »

CHEM 301 - Instrumental Analysis

An integrated lecture and laboratory experience, this course will focus on the use of modern instrumentation for chemical analysis. The theory and practice of common modes of chemical separations are examined along with various forms of spectroscopy culminating in an integrated hands-on study using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Read more »

CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers. General reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also discussed. Read more »

CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Experimental work involving the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds, including the use of gas-liquid chromatography. Read more »

CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aromatic compounds and organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Biological applications and multistep synthesis are also studied. Read more »

CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHEM 337L, spectrophotometric methods are included. Read more »

CHEM 440 - Special Methods of Teaching Chemistry

A study of the methods, tools, and techniques used in teaching high school chemistry. With departmental approval Read more »

CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I

A study of the molecules found in living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of their structure to their function. Also examined are the methods used to separate and characterize these molecules. Read more »

CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory

Experimental treatment of topics covered in CHEM 442. Read more »

CHEM 445 - Physical Chemistry I

A study of the theoretical treatment of the physical processes which govern chemical behavior. Topics include thermodynamics and equilibrium. Read more »

CHEM 445L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1 sem. hr. Experimental treatment of those topics which are covered in CHEM 445. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

All students seeking a 7-12 teaching endorsement must complete standard secondary education requirements.


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