Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Chemistry (Teacher Certification in Chemistry, Grades 7-12)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. In the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Chemistry CHEM 4299 must be taken twice for credit and is required for certification of the degree as approved by the American Chemical Society.
  2. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  3. A minor in Secondary Education is required.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  6. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  7. In addition to the major, minor and general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  8. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA, a major GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a “C” in all major courses, a GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grades less than a "C", and a Secondary Education minor GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a "C" in all minor courses.
  9. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  10. All students seeking teacher certification must apply for and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in education coursework and student teaching in the Junior and Senior years. Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.    (Hyperlink is
  11. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421Summer I: 
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 1342 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 21411
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4MATH 24724CHEM 23413
US 11001PHYS 14304Summer II: 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3CHEM 21421
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 CHEM 23423
 15 15 8
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CHEM 33303CHEM 33403Summer I: 
CHEM 34104CHEM 32452HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
PHYS 24254ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3Summer II: 
 Free Electives2HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
  POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 14 13 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 33413CI 43323 
CHEM 43313CHEM 43413 
CHEM 42312CHEM 42412 
CHEM 43753CI 33253 
CHEM 42952Free Electives1 
 13 12 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803EDST 46816 
CI 43703  
CI 43433  
RDG 33233  
 12 6 
Total Hours: 120