The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Chemistry (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Science

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

Students receiving the BS Degree in Chemistry with Teacher Certification can continue their academic studies into masters or doctoral programs in Chemistry, can use the degree to find employment as a chemist, or can enter a career as a secondary school teacher of chemistry. The Chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

 

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

030 Life and Physical Science - 6 hours

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Lab

1

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

One credit hour from PHYS 1401 applies. 

Major Requirements – 58 Hours

Required Courses - 43 hours

CHEM 2301Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 2101Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 2125Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 3301Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 3101Inorganic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 3303Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 3103Biochemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 3304Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEM 3104Physical Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 3305Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 3105Physical Chemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 4201Chemistry Problems I

2

CHEM 4304Instrumental Analysis

3

CHEM 4104Instrumental Analysis Lab

1

CHEM 4305Chemistry Capstone

3

BIOL 3330/MATE 3321/PHYS 3330Functions and Modeling

3

BIOL 4392/MATE 4329/PHYS 4392Research Methods in the Science and Mathematics Classroom (UTeach)

3

Support Courses - 15 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

PHIL 3317/MATE 3317Perspectives on Science and Mathematics

3

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies. Three credit hours from PHYS 1401 applies. 

Teacher Certification – 21 Hours

Area of Certification: Chemistry (7-12)

UTCH 1101Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

1

UTCH 1102Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

1

UTCH 3301Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

3

UTCH 3302Classroom Interactions

3

UTCH 3303Project-Based Instruction

3

UTCH 4601Apprentice Teaching

6

UTCH 4101Apprentice Teaching Seminar

1

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 121

Major Admission Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Admission to the College of Education and P-16 Integration is required for participation in Apprentice Teaching and Seminar (UTCH 4101, 4601). Students unable to be admitted to UTCH 4601 and UTCH 4101 will be required to substitute hours, as recommended by advisor.