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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


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.