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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.

Printable Academic Pathway for the B.A. Degree in Chemistry Education (Physical Chemistry)

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 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
MATH 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 CHEM 300
PHYS 121 PHYS 122
Language/Culture Elective III Arts & Humanities Elective I
HIST 110 or HIST 111 EDUC 310
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
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