BA in Teaching of Chemistry

The major in Teaching of Chemistry is a joint program with the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (WCEHD) designed to prepare students to become chemistry teachers in public and private high schools. The curriculum encompasses all the basic fields of chemistry, and provides the necessary coursework in secondary education as well as the student teaching experience for certification in teaching. Students pursuing this major may need to complete as many as 144 total credits for graduation with the BA. The current recommendation of both the Chemistry Department and the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (WCEHD) is that students interested in public and private high school teaching careers complete the Chemistry major, then pursue a master’s degree from WCEHD.

All students should refer to the Departmental Regulations section of the Chemistry Department page for important stipulations. NOTE: Students may not switch tracks in general or organic chemistry after the initial course in the sequence.


All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Teaching of Chemistry, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific and Social Inquiry, and most of the requirements in Communication and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Unless noted otherwise, all required CAS courses are 4 credit hours; WCEHD courses are either 2 or 4 credits as noted. All required chemistry courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Required Chemistry Courses

Majors complete coursework in general chemistry with quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and two courses in advanced laboratory, as follows:

  • CAS CH 111, 112 (or CH 109, 110, or CH 101, 102, 201, or CH 101, 116, 201)
  • CAS CH 211, 212 (or CH 203, 214, or CH 203, 204, 220, or CH 218, 214)
  • CAS CH 232
  • CAS CH 351
  • CAS CH 352
  • CAS CH 421
  • Two of three advanced laboratory courses: CAS CH 301, 303, 354

Note: CAS CH 201 and CH 220 are 2 credits. CAS CH 116 is 5 credits.

Required Related CAS Courses in Calculus and Physics

  • CAS MA 123, 124 (MA 127 or MA 129 fulfills MA 123, 124 requirement)
  • CAS MA 225 (or MA 230 or CH 225)
  • CAS PY 211, 212 (or 241, 242, or 251, 252)

Required Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (WCEHD) Courses

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education/Education Lab (taken concurrently, 6 cr total)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410, 412 Social Context of Education/Civic Context of Education (2 cr each)
  • SED SC 509 or 510 Student-Teaching Practicum: Science: 5–8 or SED SC 510 Student-Teaching Practicum: Science: 8–12 (8 cr each)
  • SED SC 570 Science Teaching Methods I (4 cr)
  • SED SC 572 Science Methods II: Teaching in the Science Disciplines (4 cr)
  • SED SD 576 Science Teaching Pre-Practicum (taken concurrently with SC 570, 2 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High Schools (4 cr)

Honors in the Major


  • CAS CH 401, CAS CH 402 Honors Research in Chemistry

Minimum 16 hours per week of experimental or theoretical research within a chemistry department, or approved research group outside the chemistry department undertaking research in the chemical sciences. An Honors thesis will be submitted at the end of the spring semester and defended before a committee of three faculty members. A grade of B or higher is required in CH 401 and CH 402 in order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry. An oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the spring semester is also required.

Prereq: 3.0 overall GPA, 3.2 GPA in required major courses, and approval of Honors application by Undergraduate Programs Committee.