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Chemistry Education major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Clubs & Organizations

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

John D. Patton
Department Chair
(417) 328-1662

Visit the Department of Chemistry website for more information.


Prepare tomorrow’s leaders through chemistry education.

At Southwest Baptist University, chemistry education majors go through intense study in general chemistry, while also learning foundations of teaching high school students through classroom instruction, technology integration and multiple classroom field experiences.

The SBU Advantage

  • Our caring, close-knit supportive learning environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the classroom and whose main job is to teach students.
  • Classroom field experiences begin during the sophomore year.
  • Low faculty/student ratio in upper-level chemistry classes.
  • Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help you with job placement.

Engaged Learning

Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.

Chemistry majors get hands-on experience with instrumentation including a Gas Chromatograph, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Spectrophotometer and Analytical Balances.

Course Information

Students must complete a total of 133 hours, including 30 hours of chemistry courses and another 24 hours of additional required courses, as well as courses for teaching certification in addition to the 52 hours of general education and graduation requirements.

Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the full semester student teaching experience.

Special Features

  • Unified Science Teaching Certification for Grades 9-12 is available and allows an individual to teach any of the beginning sciences. An endorsement is required for each area in which an advanced science course is taught. Endorsements are available in Biology or Chemistry.
  • As part of a Christian university, we integrate the Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting educational truth and theoretical truth.
  • Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant leaders in the academic community.

Clubs and Organizations

SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.


Bill Little Chemistry Scholarship — Chemistry student scholarship

Marie Colvin Scholarship — Pre-Med student scholarship

James Lightfoot Scholarship — Pre-Health/Pre-Med student scholarship

Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship

Award recipients are selected by a committee of faculty members from the College of Science and Mathematics

Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship

The Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation grants funds annually for students engaged in pre-medical endeavors. Recipients are selected annually by the SBU Pre-Health Careers Committee, with preference given to juniors and seniors with an overall average grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.

Career Opportunities

This unique B.S. degree in Chemistry Education has been approved by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Designated coursework in chemistry combined with specified courses in the physical science area and the professional education sequence will enable the chemistry education major to be certified in chemistry as well as in general science.

Degree Requirements

Chemistry Education Courses

CHE 1115 General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental laws and theories involved in chemical changes. Topics will include atomic theory, thermochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Stress will be on the solving of mathematical problems which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The course is designed principally for students planning on careers related to the natural sciences. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 1125 General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHE 1115 covering chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the basics of coordination chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3002 Environmental Chemistry
The study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in water, soil, air and living environments and the effects of technology thereon. Two lectures per week.
CHE 3304 Organic Chemistry I
Study of the theory and mechanisms of the basic reactions of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis on alkyl halides, alkanes, alkenes, stereochemistry, alicyclics, alkynes and dienes. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3314 Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of CHE 3304. Emphasis on aromatic compounds, interpretive spectroscopy, alcohols, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, amines and ethers. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3345 Analytical Chemistry
Study of the fundamental principles of quantitative analytical chemistry including basic statistics. An intensive laboratory experience which applies these principles to gravimetric, volumetric and electroanalytical determinations. Three lectures, two labs each week.
CHE 3364 Biochemistry
A study of the chemistry and metabolism of biologically important compounds. Includes the biochemistry of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, nucleic acids and the energetics of living organisms. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3371 Seminar in Chemistry I
Presentation and discussion of modern developments in the field of chemistry. One session each week.

Required Support Courses

MAT 1195 Analytics and Calculus I
This course studies graphs, functions, plane analytical geometry, limits, continuity, derivatives, velocity-acceleration, rates of change, maxima and minima, differentials, the Mean Value Theorems for integrals and derivatives, antiderivatives, definite integrals, area, and methods of finding volumes.
SCF 3412 Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith
Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of chemistry and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity is true, this course examines the history of chemistry, emphasizing the interactions of chemistry with society in religion, medicine and the environment.
PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science
Basic principles of the earth in space, its atmosphere, the oceans and the development of land forms by geologic agents. Designed for the general student. Three lectures, one laboratory period per week.
PHS 3303 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
A study of the historical and philosophical foundations of science and technology, accompanied by an examination of the logical and ethical ramifications of various past and present science and technology phenomena.
One of the following sets of physics courses:
PHY 1115 General Physics I
A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PHY 1125 General Physics II
A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PHY 2215 University Physics I
A rigorous calculus-based physics course emphasizing mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-engineers, computer science and physical science majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PHY 2225 University Physics II
A continuation of PHY 2215, emphasizing electricity, magnetism and optics; introduction to atomic physics. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.

Professional Education Sequence (39 hours)