B.S. - Educational Emphasis

The educational emphasis is recommended for students interested in teaching high school chemistry. This emphasis includes courses in chemistry teaching methods and also requires a certified minor and completion of the Secondary Education Professional Program.

The following courses are required for the Educational Emphasis:

1. General university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the catalog.

2. 26 semester credit hours of CHM core courses with a minimum grade of C in each:
CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 222 Quantitative Analysis
CHM 225 Instrumental Analysis I
CHM 245 Principles of Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 246 Principles of Organic Chemistry I Lab4
CHM 247 Principles of Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 248 Principles of Organic Chemistry II Lab4
CHM 391 Chemistry Seminar I3

3. A minimum 2.0 GPA in required cognate courses.

Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits in chemistry at Grand Valley.

4. Education Emphasis:

CHM 351 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
CHM 352 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry or 461 Biochemistry I
CHM 419 Chemistry in Secondary Education1
CHM 491 Chemistry Seminar II3

And the following cognate courses:

MTH 201 Calculus I2
PHY 220 General Physics I2
PHY 221 General Physics II2

Students in this emphasis must also complete a certified minor and the Secondary Professional Program (College of Education). In addition, students in this emphasis must complete a biology and an earth/space science course to meet state certification standards. BIO 121 or 120 and GEO 111 are recommended. These or other courses may be taken as electives or as part of the general education program or as part of the minor.

1Capstone course.
2Completion of MTH 201, PHY 220 and 221 satisfies the B.S. degree cognate for technical emphasis.
3 Required of all chemistry majors. Two semesters of seminar are required for one credit. Students should register for zero credit in their first semester and one credit in their second semester. CHM 391 is required only of students who take their junior year in chemistry at Grand Valley.
4CHM 241 and CHM 242 may substitute for CHM 245/246/247/248. However, students must also take CHM 249 plus upper-level chemistry electives that include a total of 28 lab-hours.

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