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Chemistry (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You’ll Do

Understanding chemistry is like understanding everything you touch and see and taste. Chemistry is the study of all matter. As a Chemistry Education major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find that teaching and science come together here in a fluid way, with excellence in both areas.

At IUP, your degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Our ACS-approved curriculum lays the foundation of solid chemical knowledge, while our special topics add diversity and depth. Unlike many college chemistry programs, IUP’s chemistry program encourages students to be active in research starting in the freshman year.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has also earned a reputation for outstanding teacher education and offers an extensive student teaching program.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a Chemistry major will prepare you to teach chemistry at the secondary school level. In this rewarding career, you’ll enrich young minds as you help your students to understand better the world around them. Because of your influence as an educator, some of your students may pursue careers in chemistry.

Employment of teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Science is projected to be one of the high-demand fields for teachers.

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Special Features

  • By joining chapters of the American Chemical Society and the Alpha Chi Sigma service fraternity, students take part in a variety of activities such as tutoring on campus and presenting liquid-nitrogen shows at schools.
  • Students in the Chemistry Department have access to a Perkin Elmer Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometer, a thermoelectron 4700 high-resolution IR, a Jacso 400 IR spectrophotometer, an Aglient GC-Mass spectrometer, a Bruker 300 MHz NMR, three x-ray diffractometers, a computer lab with various chemistry software, various UV/visible spectrophotometers, various gas chromatographs, and liquid chromatographs.
  • A forensic science course explores the chemistry of drugs, arson, poisons, hair, fibers, glass, and fingerprints and the methods used in forensic evidence collection, processing, and crime scene reconstruction.
  • The American Chemical Society Club members participate in volunteer water sampling of the Penn Hills II and Richards abandoned mine drainage sites near Clymer, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team. (When not busy, members challenge the Physics Club in various sports, including football and soccer.)
  • Scholarships and Honors programs are available.