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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, Teacher Certification Licensure for Grades 7-12, B.S.

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General Education Core:

Communications (9 hours)

Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)

  • ENGL 2012 -ENGL 2320  - Sophomore Literature Course (3)
  • Elective - One course from approved list (3)
  • Elective - One course from approved list (3)

Social and Behavioral Science (6 hours)

  • Elective - One course from approved list. (3)
  • Elective - One course from approved list. (3)

MATH 1910 (4-hours)

(Students will need lower level math if they are unprepared for MATH 1910 .)

Total General Education Hours with Orientation - 43-Hours

Upper-division Admission

For admission into the upper-division programs of the Chemistry major, students must complete all of the requirements listed above under General Education Core. In addition, they must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on college-level coursework, and completed the Senior Exit Examination. In addition, they must have earned a grade of C or better in CHEM 1110, 1111  or CHEM 1112, 1113 , CHEM 1120, 1121  or CHEM 1122, 1123 , CHEM 2100, 2101 , CHEM 2010, 2011  or CHEM 2012, 2013 , and CHEM 2020, 2021  or CHEM 2022, 2023 . Honors sections of chemistry courses will also fulfill the degree requirements. Chemistry Majors are recommended to take honors courses.

Curriculum 4 - Major in Chemistry with Teacher Certification, Licensure for Grades 7-12: 34-Hours

All candidates for certification in secondary education must complete a minimum of 123 semester hours, which includes a general education core (42 hours), a professional education core (36 hours, including a 9-hour course in enhanced student teaching), and a major concentration of content and knowledge courses (32 hours). The required courses in Chemistry are


Successful completion of this program provides one with a license to teach Chemistry in grades 7-12 in Tennessee public schools.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science Degree with licensure must make written application for admission to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education, usually during the sophomore year. They must have a 2.75 cumulative quality point average at time of application and must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the Computer-Based Academic Skills Test (CBT). Students who have previously earned a 21 on the ACT, 22 on the Enhanced ACT, or a combined 990 on the verbal and mathematical portions of the SAT are exempt from the PPST and the CBT. Enhanced student teaching requires placement of eight weeks at the secondary level and seven weeks at the middle school level. For a complete list of requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program, see the College of Education section.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

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