Department of Chemistry


  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Chemistry Education (BSEd); Secondary Education/Chemistry (MSEd)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Chemistry Education (BSEd); Secondary Education/Chemistry (MSEd)

General information

American Chemical Society certification

The Chemistry Department has been approved to offer a certified program of professional training. The comprehensive major meets all requirements for certification. In addition to the required degree program, approved departments may offer up to six degree options and we have approval for two options. The comprehensive major with the biochemistry emphasis is now approved by ACS as a Biochemistry option and the chemical education degree (if students take CHM 342 and CHM 343 or CHM 342 and CHM 344 but not if they take CHM 200) is now approved by ACS as a Chemical Education option.  All students who have met the curricular guidelines of the approved programs will receive certification from the ACS. These options are recommended for students who plan graduate work in chemistry, teaching in a secondary school district, or employment in the chemical industry after graduation.

Program requirements and restrictions

  • CHM 116 and CHM 197 do not count toward a major or minor in any physical science program.
  • For major and minor programs, courses taken more than 10 years before graduation are subject to review and possible rejection by the chemistry staff.
  • Recommended schedules for a chemistry major listing the courses to be taken each semester are available in the departmental office.