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2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry/Mathematics — Secondary, BAE

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

103-121 credits plus supporting courses in physics


The program of study for the chemistry/mathematics majors provides many benefits to students, such as 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.

As a practical matter, Mathematics is a science of pattern and order. Its domain is not molecules or cells, but numbers, chance, form, algorithms, and change. As a science of abstract objects, Mathematics relies on logic rather than on observation as its standard of truth, yet employs observation, simulation, and even experimentation as means of discovering truth.” From: Everybody Counts: A Report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education (c) 1989 National Academy of Sciences.

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 Mathematics-Secondary in Chemistry Major?

Teaching mathematics and chemistry is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics and chemistry occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics and chemistry, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical and science context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver in mathematics and chemistry.

Everyone aspiring to be a mathematics and chemistry teacher is aware of the demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics and chemistry teachers—teachers who care about students, mathematics and chemistry teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics and chemistry and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

As a prospective teacher you need to focus on expanding your personal understanding of mathematics and chemistry and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, as a classroom assistant, as a practicum student, and as a novice teacher in your internship.

 Contact Information

Chemistry Department Chair
James R. Vyvyan
Chemistry Building 270A

Chemistry Department
Chemistry Building 270

Math Department
Bond Hall 202

Math Department Advisor
Jerry Johnson
Bond Hall 400

Secondary Education
Professional Program
Information Program Manager

Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C

Secondary Education
Program Coordinator

Debbie Gramm
Miller Hall 401A

Math Department Advisor
Mildred Johnson
Bond Hall 212

 Sample Careers

Secondary Education Teacher

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

This major must be accompanied by the professional education program in secondary education. This major meets the requirements for Washington state teaching endorsements in both chemistry and mathematics. 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 following 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.


Additional Requirements

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