Chemistry Secondary Education Concentration

The Towson UTeach program offers a concentration in secondary education for chemistry majors training to be middle and high school science teachers.

Chemistry majors in the secondary education concentration are eligible, upon graduation, to apply for certification to teach chemistry (grades 7-12) in the state of Maryland and in states sharing reciprocity. Students in this concentration should be prepared to do their student teaching experience in their senior year.

The chemistry secondary education concentration requires 125–129 units. The 98–102 units in the major field, including those required for Towson UTeach, must all be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the major field and an overall GPA of 2.50 are required for student teaching.

Required Chemistry Courses (32-35 units)

Course Number Course Name
CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L General Chemistry I (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 7]   and
General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 unit)   [satisfies core curriculum 7]
CHEM 132 and CHEM 132L General Chemistry II (3 units) and
General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 unit)
CHEM 210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I (5 units)
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II (5 units)
CHEM 323 or 
CHEM 351
Principles of Chemistry (3 units)
CHEM 345 Intermediate Laboratory I (2 units)
CHEM 372 Chemistry Seminar (1 unit)
CHEM 401  

Chemistry Electives (4 units)

Choose a total of 4 or more units from the following:

Course Number Course Name
CHEM 310 Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry (4 units)
CHEM 323 or 
CHEM 351
Inorganic Chemistry (4 units) or
Biochemistry (3 units)
whichever was not selected under required courses
CHEM 346 Theoretical Foundations of Physical Chemistry (3 units)
CHEM 356 Biochemistry Laboratory (2 units)
CHEM 357 Biochemistry II (3 units)
CHEM 391 Special Problems in Chemistry (1-3 units)
CHEM 395 Internship in Chemistry (1-3 units)
CHEM 461 Advanced Lecture Topics (1-3 units)
CHEM 462 Advanced Laboratory Techniques (1-2 units)
CHEM 472 Applications of Environmental Chemistry (3 units)
CHEM 480 Chemical Toxicology (3 units)
CHEM 491 Introduction to Research in Chemistry (1-3 units)
FRSC 363 Chemistry of Dangerous Drugs (3 units)
FRSC 367 Forensic Chemistry (3 units)

Five Required Science and Mathematics Courses (22–23 units)

Course Number Course Name
SCIE 380 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 units)
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
PHYS 241 and
PHYS 242
General Physics I (non-calculus based) (4 units) and
General Physics I (non-calculus based)  (4 units)
General Physics I (calculus based) (4 units) and
General Physics I (calculus based)  (4 units)
BIOL 190 or
BIOL 200 and BIOL 200L
Introductory Biology for the Health Professions (4 units) or
Introduction to Cellular Biology and Genetics (3 lecture units and 1 lab unit) [satisfies core curriculum 8]
GEOL 121 or
ASTR 161
Physical Geology (4 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 8]  or
Astronomy (4 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 8]
MATH 211 or
MATH 273
Calculus for Applications (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 3]  or
Calculus I (4 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 3]

Required Towson UTeach Courses (40 units) 

Course Number Course Name
SEMS 110 Introduction to STEM Teaching I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 unit)
SEMS 120 Introduction to STEM Teaching II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (1 unit)
SEMS 130

Combination of Introduction to STEM Teaching I & II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (2 units) [not available to freshmen]

SEMS 230 Knowing and Learning (3 units)
SEMS 240 Classroom Interactions (3 units)
SEMS 250 Perspectives on Science and Math (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 5]
SEMS 360 Research Methods (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 9]
SEMS 370 Project-Based Instruction (3 units)
SEMS 498 Internship in Mathematics and Science Secondary Education (3 units)
SCIE 393 Student Teaching in Secondary Education – Science (12 units)
SCIE 430 Seminar in Student Teaching – Science (1 unit)
SCED 460 Using Reading & Writing in the Secondary Schools (4 units)
SCED 461 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas (3 units)

Additional Required Courses to Satisfy the Core Curriculum (27 units) 

Course Number Course Name
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 1]
ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 2]
  Courses to satisfy Core Curriculum Categories: 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 
[21 units]

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