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Chemistry Education Major

Become a chemistry teacher

If you enjoy chemistry and science, and have a passion for teaching and working with youth, the chemistry education major is a great fit for you.

As a chemistry education student at SBU you will learn everything you need to know about how to become a chemistry teacher at the secondary education level.

Today's schools need teachers who are highly qualified in their academic disciplines and also care deeply about their students. At SBU you will receive a combination of training in both chemistry, education and the integration of faith and discipline, making you the type of teacher school districts are seeking.

The Chemistry Education degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Major Map (PDF)

Degree Plan

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The SBU Advantage

  • Learn how to become a chemistry teacher from expert faculty in the division of natural sciences and the division of education.
  • Classroom field experiences start as early as your freshman year and culminate with a semester-long student teaching experience your senior year, providing valuable real-world experience and networking opportunities.
  • Thrive in small lecture and lab class sizes that will allow for individualized instruction, one-on-one guidance and close friendships with faculty and other students.

Faith Integration

SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.

As a chemistry education major, you will take a course from the Strait Center, Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith, and will have the option to add a second major in Integration of Science and Christian Faith by taking the other Strait Center courses, including Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)

As a chemistry education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.

Chemistry Education Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CHE 1115 General Chemistry I 5
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
  Cultural Studies 2
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
CHE 1125 General Chemistry II 5
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

CHE 3304 Organic Chemistry I 4
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
EDU 2141 Field Experience Level I 1
MAT 1195 Analytics and Calculus I 5
PHY 1115 General Physics I 5
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

CHE 3314 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
PHY 1125 General Physics II 5
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators 3
Total hours 18


Fall Semester

CHE 3002 Environmental Chemistry 2
EDU 3013 Analyzing & Amending Reading Problems 3
EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction 3
EDU 3341 Field Experience Level 2 in Secondary School 1
PHS 3303 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (fall, even) 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

SCF 3412 Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith (spring, even) 2
CHE 3345 Analytical Chemistry 5
CHE 3371 Seminar in Chemistry I 1
EDU 3613 Content Area Literacy 3
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDU 3043 Learner Development and the Classroom 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science 4
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
CHE 3364 Biochemistry 4
EDU 4522 Methods of Teaching Science in the
Middle and Secondary Schools
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

EDU 4832 Tests and Measurements 2
EDU 4842 The Exceptional Child 2
EDU 4949 Student Teaching in Secondary School 10
EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar 1
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements. 

Download in PDF format:
Chemistry Education Plan (PDF)

Unified Science Certification Plan (PDF)