A student majoring in chemistry receives strong background in the core areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Chemistry graduates have success in industry, graduate school, high school teaching, medical school, engineering school, etc.

Pre-medicine students should seek advice during their first year to decide if they should major in chemistry, biology, both or pre-medicine.

Students interested in high-school teaching must pursue a "physical science" teaching license. This license combines both chemistry and physics teaching and is the recommended license for chemistry teachers in Ohio. Most students can expect to add a semester to the four-year program to meet clinical practice requirements. Prospective teachers must begin the teacher-education program early by taking some education courses during the first or sophomore year. Therefore, students should indicate to the science department their desire to teach as early as possible so they can receive advice about scheduling.
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(52 hours)
Required chemistry courses:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 221 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CEM 222 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CEM 230 Analytical Chemistry (4)
CEM 311 Advanced Organic Chemistry (2)
CEM 326 Physical Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 327 Physical Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
CEM 360 Instrumental Analysis (4)

Required physics courses:
PHY 211 Physics for Science and Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 212 Physics for Science and Engineering 2 (5)

In addition, students must take sufficient work in mathematics to ensure a working knowledge of differential and integral calculus. These topics usually comprise the first year of college-level calculus. Therefore, all chemistry majors should take MAT 135 and MAT 136. Students planning careers in physical chemistry or engineering will need more math, typically MAT 225 and MAT 350.

The chemistry major at Bluffton University follows most but not all of the recommendations of the American Chemical Society. Some recommendations in addition to the courses listed above would include: MAT 225, MAT 350, CPS 108, statistics, additional advanced chemistry courses such as CEM 341 and an independent study in chemistry.

Adolescent/young adult licensure in physical science

(94 hours minus 7 LAS hours)

Life Science Courses (choose one):
BIO 200 Genetics (4) 
BIO 235 Cell Biology (4)

Chemistry courses:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 221 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CEM 222 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CEM 230 Analytical Chemistry (4)
Two additional hours of chemistry required (2)

Earth/Space courses:
PHY 202 Astronomy (4)
PHY 203 Earth Science (4)

Physics Courses:
PHY 211 Physics and Science for Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 212 Physics and Science for Engineering 2 (5)
PHY 326 Modern Physics 1 (5)
PHY 327 Modern Physics 2 (5)
PHY 360 Linear Electronics (4)

Required professional education courses:
EDU 303 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum & Assessment (2)
SED 220 Adolescent Development: Development and Diversity (2)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology and Instructional Practices (3)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/ General Methods (3)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)
EDU 402 A/YA Special Methods: Science (2)

All of the previously listed professional education courses, plus the completion of all licensure area course work, are prerequisites for clinical practice:

EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)
EDU 451 Clinical Practice (Adolescent/Young Adult) (10)


(22-24 hours)

June  2014