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2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry/Biology - Secondary, BAE


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Combined major offered by the Department of Biology, College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

104-109 credits

Introduction

The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has added a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. Within the Department, faculty members are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Why Consider a Chemistry/Biology-Secondary Major?

The programs of study within the Chemistry major provide many benefits to students. There are a wide variety of programs that are designed to meet diverse career goals. There is close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. The students have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and there are opportunities for research work under the direction of a faculty advisor.

 Contact Information

Chemistry Department Chair
James R. Vyvyan
Chemistry Building 270A
360-650-2883
James.Vyvyan@wwu.edu

Chemistry Department
Chemistry Building 270
360-650-3070
chemdept@chem.wwu.edu

Biology Education Advisor
Deborah Donovan
Biology 310
360-650-7251
Deborah.Donovan@wwu.edu

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 150
360-650-3313
https://wce.wwu.edu/admission

 

Secondary Education
Professional Program
Information Program Manager

Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C
360-650-3347
Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu

Secondary Education
Program Coordinator

Debbie Gramm
Miller Hall 401A
360-650-3327
Debbie.Gramm@wwu.edu
 

 Sample Careers

High School Chemistry/Biology Teacher

 Major/Career Resources

http://www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The Biology Department has a two-step process for admission into our degree programs. Phase I students are students who have declared their intent to major in biology, and are in the process of completing the introductory biology (BIOL 204, 205, 206) and general chemistry (CHEM 121, 122, 123) series. Admission to Phase II is based on academic performance in the introductory courses. Students must achieve an average grade of 2.9 or higher in their introductory biology and general chemistry courses before they can advance to Phase II and begin taking upper-division coursework.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education. See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

As certification to teach high school now requires more than four years of study, advisement prior to or at the beginning of the third year is absolutely necessary to avoid lengthening the program.

Grade Requirements

Recommendation for teaching endorsement normally requires completion of the major with a grade point of 2.50 or better in the required major courses. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the secondary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

Requirements


Additional Requirements


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