Mar 04, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS — Grades 6-12 Physical Science Education Concentration

I. Introduction

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to the support of students seeking to become science, mathematics and technology educators at all levels. The Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) program offers content courses for students seeking K-12 science, mathematics and technology education. SMTE classes are also an integral part of the course work for degrees preparing students for Teacher Certifications. The SMTE program does not offer a degree; rather, degrees leading to Teacher Certification are offered by other Science and Engineering programs and by the College of Education. Students seeking to teach in the elementary and secondary schools of Texas must meet degree requirements as well as certification requirements. The requirements and procedure to become a science, mathematics or technology teacher in Texas are outlined below. Undergraduate students who are graduating from the College of Science & Engineering or the College of Liberal Arts who are seeking initial teacher certification at the 4-8, 7-12 and EC-12 levels prior to graduation, automatically qualify for the Minor in Education.

II. How to Become a Science, Mathematics or Technology Teacher in Texas

In order to be recommended for teacher certification at this university, a candidate must fulfill three basic requirements: (1) have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes an academic major and teacher training courses, (2) complete teacher training through an approved program, and (3) successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level that the candidate wishes to teach. Additional information on the requirements to become a teacher in Texas can be obtained at the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website: This website also provides information on the resources available to help students pay for a teacher training program.

SBEC has approved three levels of teacher certification for regular educators: (1) Early childhood to grade 6 which includes foundation subjects and enrichment areas such as art, PE, and music, (2) Grade 4-8 which includes the foundation areas only, and (3) Grade 7-12 certification. Students can find information on the different certifications at the official Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Web site: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers several degrees leading to a number of these teacher certifications. The College of Education offers several degrees leading to teacher certification. The College of Science and Engineering offers bachelor’s degrees leading to teacher certification in the sciences, mathematics and technology at the 4-8 and the 7-12 levels:

Mathematics 7-12 teacher certification is also possible with an undergraduate major other than mathematics. Details can be found in the Mathematics, Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification Without a Mathematics Major  section.

The individual programs, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Mathematics offer these degrees and courses.

Students seeking Teacher Certification are also strongly urged to contact the Certification Officer in the College of Education about current requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. In particular, students following a degree plan leading to teacher certification must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi PRIOR to enrolling in any 4000 level EDCI or EDUC courses. Application forms for admission to the teacher education program may be obtained from the Undergraduate or Certification Office, room FC 201. The students are referred to the College of Education section of this catalog for more information on the Teacher Education Program.

III. Grade Point Average for Admission to Teacher Education

A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 = A) in all work attempted, a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all science, math, or specialization areas, and no grade below “C” in any science or mathematics course on a student’s degree plan and/or education courses within the professional block of courses are required. (See College of Education, “Admission to Teacher Education” and “Admission to Clinical Teaching” for other requirements.)

IV. Alteration of a Certification Plan

Any amendment to a degree plan originally filed must be approved by the student’s academic advisor, the Department Chair, the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the Certification Officer of the College of Education for the degree to be granted.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a Physical Science Education concentration is designed for those planning to teach chemistry or physics at the 6-12 level, or who need chemical knowledge and skills relevant to future studies in the sciences. The BS in Chemistry requires at least 126 semester hours with a university required 45 upper-division hours. Students may have to take additional hours to meet university general education requirements such as First- Year Seminar courses. The degree requirements for the physical science education concentration are
as follows:

General Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  2. Core Curriculum Program
  3. Special Foundation Courses
  4. Chemistry Major
  5. Professional Development and Reading Sequence
  Total 130 (132)

A: *First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

B: University Core

Core Curriculum 42 Sem Hrs.  See catalog section on University Core. Students choosing a physical science education concentration must take MATH 2413 - Calculus I , PHYS 2425 - University Physics I , PHYS 2426 - University Physics II , and PSYC 2301 - General Psychology .

Students are required to take

  as part of their core curriculum requirements.

Total: 42 (44)

C: Special Foundations for Physical Science Education Concentration

Total: 10**


**Nine of these hours are used to fulfill the University Core Curriculum science and mathematics requirements. The total shown does not included the 9 hours applied to the core.

Total: 50

E: Professional Development Sequence

Students who seek an 7-12 level Physical Science teaching certificate should contact a Certification Officer in the College of Education about requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. The professional development sequence must be taken in a specific order and it is recommended that students contact the College of Education early in their academic careers for specific details on these courses.