Ready to follow in the footsteps of that science teacher that helped you fall in love with science? CMU’s Chemistry-Physics major prepares students interested in teaching chemistry and physics in a high school. Through hands-on lab research and classroom experience, students earn their Bachelor of Science in Education degree and are fully prepared to enter their own science classroom and inspire the next generation of scientists.
Put Your Degree to Work
High school teachers will see job growth through 2022. With options of teaching in private or public schools, students graduating with degrees in education can expect to see this job growth vary by region.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|High School Teacher||$55,050 per year||6% (52,900 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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The Chemistry-Physics Major, offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Physics, is designed to prepare prospective high school teachers of chemistry and physics.
Total: 47-65 semester hours
For additional information, see the list of advisors in the Course Search and Registration.
Required Courses II
Analysis and interpretation of quantitative chemical information from volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques. This course may be offered in an online/hybrid format. Prerequisite: CHM 132 or 161. Recommended: MTH 107. Quantitative Reasoning.
Descriptive chemistry of selected main group and transition elements, coordination complexes, structures and properties of solids. Synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: CHM 132 or CHM 161.
Organic Chemistry I
Overview of common organic reactions. Reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides, Ultraviolet/Visible, Infrared, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry. Prerequisite: CHM 132 or 161.
Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of CHM 345. Overview of common organic reactions of aromatic compounds, alcohols, carbonyl compounds, and amines. Prerequisite: CHM 345.
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory techniques in organic chemistry; methods of synthesis, separation, purification, structure determination - spectroscopic methods; utilization of electronic database (Scifinder) searching techniques. Prerequisite: CHM 345. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 346.
CHM 505/PHY 505
Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools
Exposes pre-service secondary chemistry and physics teachers to theory and practice of teaching in secondary schools, design of instructional units, and safety practices. Must be completed prior to student teaching. Identical to PHY 505. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: CHM 132 or 161; PHY 131 or 146; admission into the Teacher Education Program; signed major or minor in chemistry, physics or chemistry-physics (secondary education); Junior standing. Graduate students must be enrolled in a teaching masters program.
CHM 507/PHY 507
Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics
Supervised experience in high school chemistry and/or physics classes. Experience will include observation, participation in instruction, and critical analysis of the experience. Identical to PHY 507. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Students must be accepted in the Teacher Education Program and have Junior or Senior standing. Graduate students must be enrolled in a teaching masters program. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 505 or PHY 505.
Physical Science Practicum
Practical experience in all aspects of teaching a physics class with a laboratory component. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
University Physics I
Normally the first physics course for majors and minors. Mechanics of single and many-particle systems, conservation laws, statistical concepts, and gravitational interaction. Quantitative Reasoning. Pre/Co- Requisite: MTH 132.
University Physics II
Temperature and thermodynamics, electromagnetic interaction, electrical circuits, electromagnetic radiation, and optics. Not open to those with credit in PHY 131. Prerequisite: PHY 145. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 133.
University Physics Laboratory I
Laboratory experience for PHY 145. Introduction to experimental techniques and the treatment of experimental data. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-requisite: PHY 145. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
University Physics Laboratory II
Laboratory experience for PHY 146. Introduction to electrical measurements and instrumentation. Introduction to techniques of optical measurements. Prerequisite: PHY 175. Pre/Co-Requisite: PHY 146.
Introduction to Modern Physics
Historical development of modern physics; introduction to special relativity, atomic structure, and elementary quantum theory. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: PHY 146 or 131; MTH 132. Recommended: MTH 133.
Modern Concepts in Nuclear and Particle Physics
Introduction to nuclear radioactivity, production of super-heavy elements, nuclear reactions and nuclear energy, stellar evolution, and the Standard Model of particle physics. Prerequisite: PHY 247.
University Physics Laboratory III
Laboratory experience for PHY 247. Introduction to the techniques of electron and photon physics. Pre/Co-Requisite: PHY 247.
Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles: conservation theorems, gravitation, oscillations, central force motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, and two-particle collisions. Pre/Co- requisites: PHY 247; MTH 233, 334.
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrostatic fields in vacuum and in dielectrics, magnetic fields associated with constant and variable currents, magnetic materials, Maxwell's equations. Prerequisite: PHY 247; MTH 233, 334.
Required Courses I
Select one of the following options:
1. The student must have completed the specified chemistry courses for the Chemistry-Physics major, in addition to CHM/PHY 505 (3) and 507(1), before approval for student teaching can be given. The student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in those 24-27 hours of courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least six of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum grade point average of 2.70. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
2. In order for a student to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at the student's request, provide completed department student evaluation forms. Students must also furnish transcripts showing all chemistry course credits.
3. Each student must demonstrate competence in chemistry by passing an American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specified level in order to be approved for student teaching.
For students seeking the Physics Department's recommendation for student teaching in physics, the following requirements must be met:
1. At least 20 hours of physics (including CHM/PHY 505) must be completed with a grade point average of 2.7.
2. At least 6 hours of physics (excluding CHM/PHY 505) must be completed at CMU.
Limits, continuity, interpretations of the derivative, differentiation of elementary functions, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, Riemann sums, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 107, 109; or MTH 130. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.
Vectors and surfaces in R3, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, partial differentiation and some applications, multiple integrals, vector calculus. Prerequisites: MTH 133. Pre/Co-Requisites: MTH 223 or 232.
Definition and solution of first, second, and higher order differential equations. Prerequisites: MTH 133, MTH 223.