Chemistry Education 6-12 (BS) Program Overview

When you think of chemistry, you may picture a 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 College’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 biochemistry courses and labs in the well-equipped Science Center, the college’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 College.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

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

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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (7 Credits)
    • Precalculus
    • Intro to Statistics
  • Science (8 Credits)
    • General Physics & Lab I
    • General Physics & Lab II
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
Major Requirements (45 Credits)

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry Internship
  • Quantitative & instrumental Analysis
  • Intro to Biochemistry & Lab
  • Senior Seminar
  • Special Topics in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Teaching Secondary Science
  • Additional Related Area Courses (11 Credits)
    • Program Design & Development
    • Intro to Physical Sciences & Lab
    • General Biology & Lab
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching
    • Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater) (Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater) (Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Chemistry: Content Knowledge (153 or greater)
Total Credits: 131

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

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