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Chemistry Education (7-12), B.S.

About the Program

The chemistry B.S. secondary education program leads to a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching both chemistry and general science in grades 7–12. Students seeking admission to the B.S. chemistry program should initially enroll in the B.A. chemistry program. After successfully completing at least two required chemistry courses at Buffalo State with a GPA in these courses of 2.75 or higher, students apply for admission to the B.S. chemistry program during the semester they complete SED 200. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in chemistry courses is required for admission to SED 405, SED 407, and SED 408.

About the Chemistry Department

313 Science Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5204
Fax: (716) 878-4028

Admission Requirements

Transfer Admission Requirements: Transfer students from two-year colleges should have earned credit for courses equivalent to CHE 111, CHE 112, CHE 201, CHE 202, CHE 203, CHE 204, CHE 301, MAT 161, MAT 162, MAT 263, PHY 111, and PHY 112 to avoid possible delays in completing the degree program. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 10 credit hours in chemistry at Buffalo State. Chemistry courses taken elsewhere may be substituted for similar courses at Buffalo State only if they have the same or equivalent prerequisites. Chemistry courses not meeting this criterion may be transferred as elective credit.

NOTE: Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate candidates seeking New York State Teacher Certification are advised to review the M.S.Ed. in Science Education degree program. This program is designed to enable students to quickly and efficiently develop the knowledge and skills required for teaching; the program leads to initial NYS certification for those candidates already holding undergraduate science degrees. Candidates currently in undergraduate or post-baccalaureate programs should strongly consider transitioning to the new program.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Chemistry 43 cr

CHE 111, CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (4, 4)
CHE 201, CHE 202 Organic Chemistry I, II (3, 3)
CHE 203, CHE 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratories I, II (1, 1)
CHE 301 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHE 305, CHE 306 Physical Chemistry I, II (3, 3)
CHE 307, CHE 308 Physical Chemistry Laboratories I, II (1, 1)
CHE 310 Literature of Chemistry (1)
CHE 403 Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHE 460 Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 461 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
CHE 470 Biochemistry I
CHE 471 Biochemical Techniques (2)

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education 24 cr

SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SCI 445 Literacy for Teaching Science
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
SED 401 Techniques for Teaching Laboratory Activities in the Secondary Science Classroom
SED 405 Methods and Materials in Teaching Secondary School Science
SED 409 Seminar in Secondary Science Education

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching 12 cr
SED 407 Practice Teaching Science in the Middle School (6)
SED 408 Practice Teaching Science in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields for Certification 39-45 cr

A. One Year (or Equivalent) of a Foreign Language (0–6 cr)

B. Cognate Sciences* (25 cr)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
PHY 111, PHY 112 University Physics I, II (5, 5)

Select two courses from the following:
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)
BIO 211 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIO 214 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

Select one course from the following:
GES 111 General Oceanography
GES 131 Introductory Astronomy
GES 241 Meteorology

C. Mathematics* (14 cr)
MAT 161 Calculus I (4)
MAT 162 Calculus II (4)
MAT 163 Using Technology to Explore Calculus I (1)
MAT 164 Using Technology to Explore Calculus II (1)
MAT 263 Calculus III
MAT 264 Using Technology to Explore Calculus III (1)

*Some of these courses may be counted in the Intellectual Foundations requirements (above) or as electives.

Total Required Credit Hours 151-163 cr

Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly reduce the total number to 133-145 credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.

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