Chemistry/General Science Degree (B.S.) with Teacher Licensure

Why Choose a Teacher Licensure Program in Chemistry/General Science?

This program prepares you for becoming a science teacher in Massachusetts. By graduation, you'll be ready for recommendation to the Mass Dept of Education for Initial Licensure in Chemistry or Gen Science.

Requirements for Becoming a Science Teacher

Requirements for Chemistry or General Science Licensure

Students seeking Initial Licensure in Chemistry (8-12) or General Science (5-8) must satisfy the following requirements prior to practicum placement:

  • Completion of all courses required for the Chemistry or General Science (middle school option) Majors with a minimum GPA of 2.50 and no grade lower than a C- in those major courses.
  • Completion of the appropriate professional sequence of education courses for the Middle and Secondary Specialist, including the appropriate academic methods course: either GNSC 0373 - Methods of Chemistry Education or GNSC 0371 - Methods of Science Education for the Middle School.
  • Achievement of a passing mark on both the Communications and Literacy and appropriate subject matter portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Students generally should attempt the Communications and Literacy portion of the MTEL during their first year, and the subject matter portion of the MTEL during the fall of their junior year.

Students typically are accepted for Advanced Standing in the Education Department's licensure programs as juniors, after they have passed the Communications and Literacy portion of the MTEL and have met all other requirements. In addition to on-campus work, the professional sequence also includes an extensive student teaching practicum, which usually is completed in the spring semester of the senior year. Please refer to the Licensure for Teacher Education section of this Bulletin for specific requirements pertaining to (1) attaining Advanced Standing and (2) practicum placement.

    Requirements for the Chemistry Major - 58 Credits

      Required Foundation Courses - 25 Credits

      • CHEM 0109 - General Chemistry I
      • CHEM 0111 - General Chemistry II
      • MATH 0105 - Calculus I *
      • MATH 0106 - Calculus II
      • PHSC 0125 - Physics I
      • PHSC 0127 - Physics II
      • GNSC 0139 - Current Topics in Science Seminar I

      Required Upper-Level Courses - 30 Credits

      • CHEM 0201 - Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM 0203 - Organic Chemistry II
      • CHEM 0211 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
      • GNSC 0239 - Current Topics in Science Seminar II
      • CHEM 0305 - Physical Chemistry I
      • CHEM 0307 - Physical Chemistry II
      • CHEM 0311 - Instrumental Analysis
      • CHEM 0315 - Biochemistry with Lab
      • GNSC 0349 - Research Methods for the Physical Sciences
      • CHEM 0350 - Research Experience

      Note:

      Students intending to seek teaching licensure must also complete GNSC 0330 - Science, Technology and Society to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the National Science Teachers Association. The Department recommends that all others consider completing an applied experience through an internship in addition to the requirements listed above.

      * A student who does not feel sufficiently prepared for calculus should take MATH 0104 - Pre-Calculus prior to enrolling in Calculus I.

        Requirements for the General Science Major

          OPTION I - Elementary Licensure (1-6) with General Science (1-6) - 40 Credits

          Students choosing this option are expected to complete a second major in Elementary Education, and are encouraged to consider applying to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for General Science (1-6) licensure after they apply for Elementary (1-6) licensure.

            Required Foundation Courses - 28 Credits

            • ASTR 0101 - Astronomy
            • BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology
            • BIOL 0104 - Human Biology
            • CHEM 0101 - Introduction to Chemistry
            • GEOL 0101 - Physical Geology with Laboratory
            • GEOL 0107 - Historical Geology with Lab
            • PHSC 0101 - Introduction to Physics
            • GNSC 0139 - Current Topics in Science Seminar I

            Required Upper-Level Courses - 9 Credits

            • GARP 0230 - Meteorology
            • GNSC 0239 - Current Topics in Science Seminar II
            • GNSC 0349 - Research Methods for the Physical Sciences
            • GNSC 0350 - Research Experience
            • GNSC 0360 - Methods of Science Education for Pre-K-6

            Upper-Level Elective - 3 Credits

            One of the following courses, which integrate the other disciplines within the major:

            • ASTR 0349 - Integrated Physical Science: Astronomy OR
            • GEOL 0347 - Integrated Physical Science: Geology

            OPTION II - Middle School Licensure in General Science (5-8) - 52 Credits

            Students planning to teach should also review the section on licensure requirements that follows the description of the General Science Minor

              Required Foundation Course - 39 Credits

              • ASTR 0101 - Astronomy
              • BIOL 0128 - Introduction to Organismal, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology
              • BIOL 0129 - Introduction to Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
              • CHEM 0109 - General Chemistry I
              • CHEM 0111 - General Chemistry II
              • GEOL 0101 - Physical Geology with Laboratory
              • GEOL 0107 - Historical Geology with Lab
              • MATH 0104 - Pre-Calculus
              • PHSC 0115 - General Physics I
              • PHSC 0117 - General Physics II
              • GNSC 0139 - Current Topics in Science Seminar I

              Required Upper-Level Courses - 13 Credits

              • GARP 0230 - Meteorology
              • GNSC 0239 - Current Topics in Science Seminar II
              • ASTR 0349 - Integrated Physical Science: Astronomy
              • GEOL 0347 - Integrated Physical Science: Geology
              • GNSC 0349 - Research Methods for the Physical Sciences
              • GNSC 0350 - Research Experience Note

              Professional Sequence: Middle (Grades 5-8) and Secondary (Grades 8-12)

              The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary must be completed by students intending to teach an academic subject area in the Middle or Secondary School. Students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which the licensure is sought.

                Professional Sequence Core:

                • EDUC 0220 - Schools in American Culture (*FB)
                • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education

                Professional Sequence Courses Middle and Secondary:

                • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (*FB)
                • EDUC 0321 - The Middle School and its Students **
                • EDUC 0354 - Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools (*FB)
                • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
                • PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
                • Appropriate academic methods course Credits 3 (*FB)

                Note

                *FB indicates field-based course.

                ** Note: Required for Middle School licensure.

                  Appropriate Practicum

                  • EDUC 0364 - Practicum: Middle School or
                  • EDUC 0369 - Practicum: Secondary School

                  Pedagogical Coursework

                  A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program prior to practicum.  Consult with the department on which courses are classified as part of the pedagogy requirements.

                    Additional Graduation Requirements

                    All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .