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Chemistry Education (BS) Program Overview

When you think of chemistry, you may picture lab and test-tube experiments bubbling away. But it is so much more than that. Chemistry offers passionate teachers an extraordinary way to ignite a love for STEM in their students. As an aspiring science and chemistry teacher, you’ll complete a rigorous four-year program that focuses equally on science and the art of teaching. Bluefield University’s chemistry education curriculum includes an immersive student teaching experience, where you work closely with mentors and professors who provide personalized feedback. Once you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to teach multiple types of science classes, including chemistry, to middle and high school students.

An Engaging Chemistry Education Degree

When you choose to become a chemistry education major, you’ll take a deep dive into chemistry courses and labs in the well-equipped Science Center, the University’s largest building, and home to all of our STEM-H programs. You’ll learn how to reach students of all ages and backgrounds in education courses taught by our caring faculty. Take the first step toward your teaching career today by reaching out to schedule a visit to Bluefield University.

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Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: January 8, 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

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Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (54 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Activity
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Precalculus
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • General Physics I & II
Major Requirements (45 Credits)

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Chemistry Internship
  • Quantitative & instrumental Analysis
  • Intro to Biochemistry & Lab
  • Senior Seminar
  • Special Topics in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Teaching Secondary Science
  • Program Design & Development
  • Intro to Physical Sciences & Lab
  • General Biology & Lab
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Chemistry: Content Knowledge (153 or greater)
Total Credits: 131

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Middle/High School Chemistry Teacher
Analytical Chemist
Synthetic Chemist
Quality Control Chemist
Organic Chemist

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