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Chemistry Secondary Education Program

Students in the Chemistry Secondary Education program combine their chemistry studies with education courses to prepare for teaching chemistry at the high school and/or middle school levels. Students can choose to complete the program and receive licensure to teach both high school chemistry (9-12) and general science (5-8). Students can choose to complete only the licensure program with a focus on high school chemistry (9-12). Students may want to consider completing 3 additional chemistry courses to earn a B.A. in Chemistry as a means of adding additional content expertise and future flexibility.

Why should I study chemistry?

Chemistry is the central science, built on the fundamentals of mathematics and physics and applied in biology and biochemistry. Students learn how to think independently, solve problems, and gain a broad understanding of the principles that underlie all that exists around us.

Students have the opportunity for an education that is second-to-none, working alongside professors focused on courses for and research with undergraduate students. This challenging degree is pursued within a supportive, Christian environment.

What can I do with this degree?

Recent Bethel graduates earning the B.A. degree in Chemical Education have gone on to quickly find employment as high school teachers. Some of those students chose to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.), which Bethel also offers, to further strengthen their credentials and market themselves for the best positions.

What skills will I develop?

  • Teaching opportunities in schools that actively seek out Bethel graduates
  • Real-world research skills in a broad range of areas
  • Hands-on experience using research-grade instruments
  • Quantitative and analytical skills to understand data and solve problems
  • Experiment design and interpretation
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Reading, writing, and presentation of scientific ideas and experimental results

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

All chemistry majors participate in both a junior and senior research project in collaboration with one of our 9 faculty, including presenting their results at regional and national conferences. In addition to observing your chemistry faculty as models of great teaching in a variety of pedagogies, you will have the opportunity to participate in chemistry education research that you can apply directly to your own teaching career. Many students participate in full-time paid summer research at Bethel or are accepted into research and internship positions across the country. Students will use state-of-the-art instrumentation (including a high-field NMR spectrometer) in their courses and research. The Chemistry Department also offers a History of Science study abroad course in Europe every January.

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