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B.A. in Chemistry Education, Physical Chemistry

The goal of UMBC’s B.A. in Chemistry Education is to provide a curriculum that, in four years, gives students a solid foundation in chemistry and also the coursework necessary for certification to teach chemistry at the secondary level. It is considered crucial that graduates be fully-trained chemists, capable of working in a range of technical positions outside of secondary education. The curriculum also seeks to expand the scientific background/perspective of graduates by requiring courses in other scientific disciplines as well as a science history course.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Education, Physical Chemistry consists of at least 106 credits distributed as follows:

A. Chemistry (36 credits)

  • CHEM 101: Principles of Chemistry I*
  • CHEM 102: Principles of Chemistry II*
  • CHEM 102L: Introductory Chemistry Lab*
  • CHEM 300: Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 301: Physical Chemistry*
  • CHEM 302: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311L: Advanced Laboratory I
  • CHEM 351: Organic Chemistry I*
  • CHEM 351L: Organic Laboratory I*
  • CHEM 352: Organic Chemistry II*
  • CHEM 405: Inorganic Chemistry

B. Mathematics (8 credits)

  • MATH 151: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I*
  • MATH 152: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II*

C. Physics (8 credits)

  • PHYS 121: Introductory Physics I*
  • PHYS 122: Introductory Physics II*

D. Education (33 credits)

  • EDUC 310: Inquiry into Education
  • EDUC 311: Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 388: Inclusion and Instruction
  • EDUC 410: Reading in the Content Area – Part I
  • EDUC 411: Reading in the Content Area – Part II
  • EDUC 412: Analysis of Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 427: Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  • EDUC 456: Internship in Secondary Education
  • EDUC 457: Internship Seminar in Secondary Educuation

E. Other (20 credits)

  • BIOL 141: Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms
  • ENGL 100: Composition (or qualifying score on placement, 100A or 110)
  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • HIST 110: Western Civ to 1700 or HIST 111 – Western Civ 1700 to present
  • HIST 445: History of Science to 1700 or HIST 446 – History of Science since 1700
  • GES Elective

F. Approved Electives

  • Arts and Humanities (3 courses required) 300 or 400 Level
  • Language and Culture (3 courses required) 300 or 400 Level

*These courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. An overall C average must be maintained in required major courses.

 

SAMPLE PROGRAM

FRESHMAN
Fall Spring
MATH 151 MATH 152
MATH 101 CHEM 102
Arts & Humanities Elective I CHEM 102L
Language/Culture Elective I Language/Culture Elective II
ENGL 101 PSYC 101
SOPHOMORE
Fall Spring
CHEM 351 CHEM 352
CHEM 351L CHEM 300
PHYS 121 PHYS 122
Language/Culture Elective III Arts & Humanities Elective I
HIST 110 or HIST 111 EDUC 310
JUNIOR
Fall Spring
CHEM 301* CHEM 302*
CHEM 311L* BIOL 100 & BIOL 100L
GES Elective or HIST 445 GES Elective or HIST 446
EDUC 311 Arts & Humanities Elective
EDUC 412 EDUC 410
SENIOR
Fall Spring
Science Elective** EDUC 456
EDUC 427 EDUC 457
EDUC 438 CHEM 405
EDUC 411

*denotes courses that differ between Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry tracks
**any 300 or 400 level CHEM, BIOL, or PHYS course

In addition to the requirements for the major, all students must satisfy University credit and GEP requirements