Chemistry (7–12)

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (7–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to inspire the next generation of scientists with insights into chemistry and its fundamental role in everyday life. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.

You’ll learn to think abstractly and critically about a range of chemistry topics, conduct original research and apply scientific principles in compelling and innovative ways. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 7–12 Chemistry teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (7–12)

Overview:

As a BA in Chemistry major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for getting students excited about chemistry. You’ll learn to design lesson plans and lab projects, present subject material, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Chemistry, graduates may teach chemistry in secondary school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Oral Communication
• Computational Skills

• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• General Chemistry, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

IV. CORE COURSES (33 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Organic Chemistry I, Lab
• Organic Chemistry II, Lab
• Spectroscopic, Chromatographic and Electrochemical Methods
• Structural Inorganic Chemistry
• Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
• Chemical Instrumentation Lab
• Advanced Synthesis and Structural Determination Lab
• Research Methods

V. SUPPORTING CORE COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Secondary Classroom

VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

IX. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.