Chemistry Teaching Option

The Chemistry – Teaching Option major is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Chemistry in grades 5 - 12. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana. Secondary education students are encouraged to pursue a teaching minor in an additional content area and should contact an advisor for details. Obtaining a teaching minor will require more than eight semesters. For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, Student Teaching, Licensure, Professional Expectations and more, please visit:    

Freshman YearCredits
Please take one of the following:4  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
or CHMY 151 - Honors College Chemistry I
CHMY 194 - Seminar/Workshop1  
M 151Q - Precalculus4  
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3  
University and Core Electives3  
Please take one of the following:  4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II
or CHMY 153 - Honors College Chemistry II
CHMY 294 - Seminar/Workshop  1
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience  1
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev  3
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus  4
University Core and Electives  3
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
Please take one of the following:4  
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems
or BIOB 260 - Cellular and Molecular Biology
Please take one of the following:4  
CHMY 321 - Organic Chemistry I
or CHMY 331 - Honors Organic Chemistry I
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3  
Please take one of the following:4  
PHSX 205 - College Physics I
or PHSX 220 - Physics I (w/ calculus)
CHMY 311 - Fundamental Analytical Chem  4
Please take one of the following:  4
CHMY 323 - Organic Chemistry II
or CHMY 333 - Honors Organic Chemistry II
Please take one of the following:  4
PHSX 207 - College Physics II
or PHSX 222 - Physics II (w/ calculus)
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ  2
University and Core Electives  3
Year Total: 15 17
Junior YearCredits
BCH 441 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules3  
BCH 490R - Undergraduate Research1
or CHMY 490R - Undergraduate Research
CHMY 361 - Elements of Physical Chemistry4  
CHMY 362 - Elements of Physical Chemistry Lab1  
CHMY 394 - Seminar/Workshop
or BCH 394 - Seminar/Workshop
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3  
BCH 490R - Undergraduate Research1
or CHMY 490R - Undergraduate Research
CHMY 494 - Seminar/Workshop
or BCH 494 - Seminar/Workshop
University Core and Electives  5
Biochemical and Chemical Electives2  6
Year Total: 14 14
Senior YearCredits
Chemical and Biochemical Electives23  
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3  
EDU 395 - Practicum3  
EDU 497 - Methods3  
University Core and Electives3  
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-12  2
EDU 495R - Student Teaching  5-16
Year Total: 15 7-18
Total Program Credits: 120

Six (6) credits of CHMY 490R are tabulated.  Students are encouraged to fulfill additional credits of research.


  A minimum of 9 credits of chemical and biochemical electives are required.

CHMY 499  (Senior Year) is required for majors who are writing a thesis for Departmental Honors consideration.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. The Chemistry Teaching option certifies graduates to be qualified to teach secondary school chemistry. Employment opportunities will be enhanced by obtaining a second area of certification, usually a teaching minor. Obtaining a teaching major, a teaching minor and certification will require more than 120 credits.

Acceptable Chemical and Biochemical Electives Include:

CHMY 350Astrobiology3
CHMY 401Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHMY 417Synthetic Chemistry3
CHMY 421Advanced Instrument Analysis3
BCH 442Metabolic Regulation3
BCH 444RBiochemistry & Molecular Biology Methods3