B.A. in Chemistry Education, Biochemistry

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.

Printable Academic Pathway for the B.A. degree in Chemistry Education (Biochemistry)

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Education, Biochemistry consists of at least 107 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 303: Physical Chemistry for Biochemists*
  • CHEM 351: Organic Chemistry I*
  • CHEM 351L: Organic Laboratory I*
  • CHEM 352: Organic Chemistry II*
  • CHEM 405: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 437: Biochemistry
  • CHEM 437L: Biochemistry Lab

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 Education

E. Other (22 – 23 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
  • Science Course (CHEM, BIOL, PHYS: 3-4 credits required, 300 or 400 level)
  • GES Elective


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


Fall Spring
MATH 151 MATH 152
CHEM 101 CHEM 102
Arts & Humanities Elective I CHEM 102L
Language/Culture Elective I Language/Culture Elective II
ENGL 101 PSYC 101
Fall Spring
CHEM 351 CHEM 352
CHEM 351L PHYS 122
PHYS 121 BIOL 100
Language/Culture Elective III Arts & Humanities Elective II
HIST 110 or HIST 111 EDUC 310
Fall Spring
CHEM 300* CHEM 303*
CHEM 437* CHEM 437L*
GES Elective or HIST 445 GES Elective or HIST 446
EDUC 311 Arts & Humanities Elective III
EDUC 412 EDUC 410
Fall Spring
CHEM 405 EDUC 456
Science Elective** EDUC 457
EDUC 427
EDUC 438
EDUC 411

*denotes courses that differ between Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry tracks
**any 300 or 400 level CHEM, BIOL, or PHYS course
Two Physical Education Courses are also required for all Majors

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