Chemistry Education

Department Chair: Dr. Andre DeLorme, andre.delorme@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7573
Faculty Contact: Dr. Teather Sundstrom, teather.sundstrom@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7458
Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

Major

The Chemistry Education major is designed to prepare you for teaching in junior and senior high schools. A Bachelor of Science in Education with a Chemistry major plus 12 semester hours in each of the other sciences (biology, earth and physics) will qualify you to teach those secondary science courses under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. Other opportunities, not part of any regular program, exist on campus and provide sound practical experience, such as student assistantships and participation in the campus-tutoring program.

As a Chemistry Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a 12-week student teaching field experience. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned.

ACCREDITATIONS

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR
  • Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
  • Student North Dakota United (SNDU)

Practical Experience

The Rhoades Science Center includes  a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies. Students have access to: a fully equipped Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research Laboratory;, weather stations, river gauge station, infrared spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, refractometry, polarimetry, organic structure software, and Excel data analysis.

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed.

“I was drawn to the excitement and energy the faculty and my fellow Chemistry Ed major students brought to the university. The program challenged me and brought out the best of me as a student and person. We were able to compete and grow as friends inside the classroom/laboratory and outside of it. I made connections I will have the rest of my life.” —Jarvis Knudson ’15, Kulm, N.D.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I 1
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I 2
Introductory College Physics II 2
University Physics I 2
University Physics II 2
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39
1

 Required

2

Required to take PHYS 161 and PHYS 162 or  take PHYS 251 and PHYS 252

Major Requirement

Required Courses
BIOL 150General Biology I4
or BIOL 151 General Biology II
BIOL 440Biostatistics and Experimental Design4
or MATH 321 Applied Probability and Statistics
CHEM 121General Chemistry I5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II5
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis I4
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II5
CHEM 360Elements of Biochemistry4
CHEM 395Laboratory Preparation and Management1
CHEM 411Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 490Secondary Science Methods and Techniques3
GEOL 100Introduction to Earth Science4
Directed Electives
Select four hours from the following:4
Quantitative Analysis II
Physical Chemistry II
Inorganic Chemistry
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
To become a "highly qualified" teacher in other areas of science (Biology, Physics, or Earth Science), a student must take a minimum of 12 hours in each of the other science areas in which they intend to teach.
Total Credits52

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 52 Hrs
Total Professional Ed Sequence 31 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues 22
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits31
2

 Courses to be taken the same semester.

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

 

Plan of Study

Fall start - even years

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3CHEM 1225
CHEM 1215CHEM 3951
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
 Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 3304CHEM 3314
EDUC 2503BIOL 150 or 1514
GEOL 1004PHYS 162 (Gen Ed)4
PHYS 161 (Gen Ed)4MATH 165 (Gen Ed)4
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BIOL 4404
CHEM 3415CHEM 3425
CHEM 4114EDUC 2833
CHEM 4903EDUC 3521
EDUC 3002EDUC 2402
EDUC 3511PSYC 2503
 17 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 3604EDUC 4002
CHEM 4912EDUC 48010
EDUC 3752 
EDUC 4502 
Literacies (Gen Ed)3 
 13 12
Total Credits 126

Fall start - odd years

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3CHEM 1225
CHEM 1215CHEM 3951
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 1103
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
 Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 3415BIOL 150 or 1514
EDUC 2503CHEM 3425
GEOL 1004PHYS 162 (Gen Ed)4
PHYS 161 (Gen Edu)4PSYC 2503
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 19 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 3304BIOL 4404
CHEM 3604CHEM 3304
CHEM 4903EDUC 2402
EDUC 3002EDUC 2833
EDUC 3511EDUC 352 or 4641-2
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2MATH 165 (Gen Ed)4
 16 18-19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 4114EDUC 4002
CHEM 491 (Gen Ed)2EDUC 48010
EDUC 3752 
EDUC 4502 
Literacies (Gen Ed)3 
 13 12
Total Credits 126-127

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the major concepts in chemistry.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills by applying the scientific method to solve problems.
  3. Exhibit the ability to read and communicate in a scientific style.
  4. Understand the importance of chemistry to themselves and society.