- To prepare graduates in the discipline of chemistry to become productive members of the profession whether they go on to industry, post-graduate education or other areas.
- To prepare students in the verbal, written and quantitative skills that are prerequisites to advanced study or careers in chemistry.
- To prepare students in the theoretical principals of chemistry as well as in the laboratory approach to problem solving.
- To maintain approval of the chemistry curriculum as defined by the American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training.
- To provide the opportunity for a variety of educational programs through the following:
- Basic Chemistry
- ACS Certified Curriculum
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemistry/Teacher Certification
- Double Major
- Chemistry Minor
Expected Student Outcomes
Chemistry graduates are expected to:
- Understand the concept of and be able to apply the scientific method to problem solution;
- Understand classifications of chemical compounds, general reaction types and quantitative aspects of stoichiometry as applied to chemical reactions;
- Apply basic knowledge of related fields such as mathematics and physics to problem solving, methods of analysis and use of numerical data in the chemical sciences;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory skills, methods and equipment used in chemistry for observation and analysis of chemical systems;
- Read, think and write critically and review current literature in the chemical sciences; and
- Exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories, concepts and skills necessary in the chemical sciences.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
- Assessment of chemistry majors occurs through examination of GPA in required courses. Majors are required to maintain a 2.000 GPA in major and minor courses as well as in other required courses.
- Students are required to complete American Chemical Society national standard exams when given during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences disciplinary areas.
- Students are required to take an exit examination during the senior year. The ETS Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) covers the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences overall.
- Students majoring or minoring in chemistry are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better in their chemistry courses. In addition, students majoring or minoring in chemistry must receive a grade of “C” or better in all core chemistry courses. Students minoring in chemistry are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all of the chemistry courses applying to the minor.
- Proficiency in physics, math and computer science is essential for understanding and applying chemical principles; therefore, graduates must complete approved math and physics courses with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better.
- Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 20 semester credit hours in approved chemistry courses from CSU-Pueblo for graduation with a BS degree in chemistry. Transfer students wishing to minor in chemistry must earn a minimum of 10 of the 20 credit hours required at CSU-Pueblo.
- Students will be required to take an exit examination during the senior year, covering the undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
Secondary Education Emphasis
Students completing a major in Chemistry with an emphasis in Secondary Education are required to complete a minor in education and meet all other requirements outlined by the Teacher Education Program.
|Required Chemistry Courses|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
|CHEM 170||ACADEMIC ORIENTATION||0.5|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
and INTRO TO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
|ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I|
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
|CHEM 311||BIOCHEMISTRY SURVEY||3|
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LAB
|CHEM 322||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II||3|
|CHEM 370||ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT||0.5|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
and INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LAB
and INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
|Other Required Courses|
|PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY|
and PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LAB
and ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAB
and EARTH SCIENCE LAB
|MATH 126||CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I||5|
|MATH 224||CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II||5|
|GENERAL PHYSICS I|
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
|GENERAL PHYSICS II|
and GENERAL PHYSICS II LAB
|ED 444||TEACHING SECONDARY SCIENCE||4|
|Select 21-24 credits 1||21-24|
Secondary and K-12 Teaching Endorsement/Minor
Specific Requirements for Secondary and K-12 Education/Minor
The student must complete an appropriate major and the following Education courses:
|Select one of the following:||3|
|PSYC 151||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT||3.0|
|PSYC 251||CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE||3.0|
|PSYC 342||EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY||3.0|
|ED 202||FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION||3|
|ED 280||EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY 2||3|
|ED 301||FRAMEWORKS OF TEACHING (Admission to Education is completed in this course)||4|
|RDG 435||CONTENT AREA LITERACY 3, 5||4|
|Special Methods in Education Areas (Prerequisites - Admission to Education) 5||4|
|ED 412||TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS 4, 5||3|
|ED 485||CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN EDUCATION||1|
|ED 488||STUDENT TEACHING SECONDARY||12|
|or ED 489||STUDENT TEACHING K-12|
|Total Credits 3||37-40|
Music Education students may complete MUS 103 MUSIC AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY I (1.00 c.h.) and MUS 306 TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS (2.00 c.h.) for ED 280 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY (3.00 c.h.).
English/Language Arts student must also complete RDG 410 TEACHING READING ( c.h.)
GPA of 2.6 required
Institutional and General Education
Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Disclaimer: The Planning Sheet is designed as a guide for student's planning their course selections. The information on this page provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made with the advice and consent of an academic advisor. While accurately portraying the information contained in the college catalog, this form is not considered a legal substitute for that document. Students should become familiar with the catalog in effect at the time in which they entered the institution.
*COMR 103 is required for admission into the Teacher Education Program.
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening (*)||3|
|ENG 101||Rhetoric & Writing I||3|
or Childhood and Adolescence
or Educational Psychology
|Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Lab
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
|CHEM 170||Academic Orientation||0.5|
|ENG 102||Rhetoric & Writing II||3|
and Environmental Conservation Lab
|ED 280||Educational Media and Technology||3|
|MATH 126||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
or CHEM 301
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry
or Organic Chemistry I
or CHEM 301L
|Intro to Organic Chemistry Lab
or Organic Chemistry Lab I
|ED 202||Foundations of Education||3|
and Earth Science Lab
|MATH 224||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||5|
|CHEM 311||Biochemistry Survey||3|
and Quantitative Analysis Lab
|ED 301||Frameworks of Teaching||4|
|RDG 435||Content Area Literacy||4|
or CHEM 221
or Inorganic Chemistry
or CHEM 221L
|Instrumental Analysis Lab
or Inorganic Chemistry Lab
|ED 412||Teaching Diverse Learners||3|
|General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
|CHEM 322||Physical Chemistry II||3|
|ED 444||Teaching Secondary Science||4|
|General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
|ED 485||Capstone Seminar in Education||1|
|ED 488||Student Teaching Secondary||12|