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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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
High School Teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)

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Email: se@cmich.edu
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Program Overview

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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Chemistry-Physics Major

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
(42 hours)
Quantitative Analysis
CHM 331
Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 505/PHY 505
Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools
CHM 507/PHY 507
Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics
PHS 563
Physical Science Practicum
University Physics I
PHY 146
University Physics II
PHY 175
University Physics Laboratory I
PHY 176
University Physics Laboratory II
Introduction to Modern Physics
PHY 252
Modern Concepts in Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHY 277
University Physics Laboratory III
PHY 322
Intermediate Mechanics
PHY 332
Electricity and Magnetism
Required Courses I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Option B
(5 hours)
Other Requirements
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.
Cognate Courses
(0-15 hours)
Mathematics Prerequisites
MTH 132
Calculus I
MTH 133
Calculus II
MTH 233
Calculus III
MTH 334
Differential Equations