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Teaching Chemistry: Teaching College Chemistry, M.A.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30 hours

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 2.7 (and 2.7 in Chemistry)

Entrance Exam: GRE – General

Internat'l Application Deadline: July 1 (Fall), Oct.1 (Spring)

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Applicants for admission to the M.A. in Teaching College Chemistry program must be admitted initially to Graduate Studies. In addition to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies admission materials, the applicant must provide the GRE general exam scores and 2 - 3 letters of reference. Students from non-English speaking countries may be required to submit TOEFL scores. Upon submission of all required materials, the College forwards the materials to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for admission recommendation. Final notice of admission comes from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Applicants should submit all required materials at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester.

Applicants should have received a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related area, with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 overall and 2.7 in chemistry courses. Undergraduate coursework should include mathematics through calculus and one year of physics. Students with deficiencies in chemistry, mathematics, or physics may receive admission with stipulations. Regular admission is granted when those deficiencies are removed by completing coursework in addition to that required for the M.A. degree.

Financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships is available. In order to receive full consideration for all scholarships and assistantships completed applications and all transcripts, scores, and letters should be received by February 1 for fall semester admission and by October 1 for spring semester admission.

Full time students are required to attend and actively participate in all department seminars.

Satisfactory progress through the M.A. program involves maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in graduate courses and completion of faculty directed creative scholarship in the teaching of chemistry and a scholarly paper.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses (0-10 hours)

CHM 511Advanced Analytical Chemistry


CHM 531Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


CHM 541Intermediate Organic Chemistry


Note: CHM 511, CHM 531, and CHM 541 are required unless the student has taken the equivalent courses in an undergraduate program.

Chemistry Electives (8-18 hours)

At least 6 credit hours must be earned in Chemistry courses at the 600 level. Chemistry electives must be approved by the advisor and the Graduate Program Committee.

Internship and Practicum (6 hours)

CHM 781Chemistry Teaching Practicum


CHM 793Chemistry Teaching Internship


Scholarship (6 hours)

CHM 794Experimentation in the Teaching of Chemistry


Total: 30 semester hours