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Academic Program Guide

FSU Teach Chemical Science

College: Arts and Sciences / Education
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Laura Davenport (fr/sp) / Joshua Cummings (jr/sr)
Address: 312DLC, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: LD: (850) 644-8434 / JC: (850) 644-1897
Contact: Dr. Robin R Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4482
Phone: (850) 645-8927

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

FSU-Teach is an innovative approach to teacher education that involves collaboration between scientists, mathematicians, and education faculty at Florida State University. Chemical Science students in the FSU-Teach program will develop a broad and conceptual understanding of chemistry and biochemistry, as well as the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective chemistry teacher. The program will pay for tuition for the first two Education/Teaching prerequisite courses. Work study positions with scientists, mathematicians and local schools are available. For more information, see our website .

This is a double-major-only program. FSU-Teach majors are first admitted into their primary, discipline-specific major and must meet the state-wide common program prerequisites for that major (in this case, Chemical Science). Later, students apply for admission into a secondary major within the College of Education called Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching (SSMT). Upon graduation, students are awarded the B.S. degree with majors in Chemical Science/FSU-Teach and SSMT.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following are required in preparation for the upper-division major. Contact the department for information on acceptable substitutes. All may also apply toward General Education, major, and/or collateral requirements. Those in BOLD are the required prerequisites that students must complete for admission into this major at FSU in preparation for the upper division major. Those in ITALIC are strongly encouraged to be taken. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years.

CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and Lab
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

CHM X210, X210L (3) Organic Chemistry I and Lab*
CHM X211, X211L (3, 1) Org. Chem. II and Lab (CHM 2211L is 3 credits at FSU)
SMT X043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching**
SMT X053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design**

*If taken at FSU, CHMX210 does not require a lab. If taken at any other state/community college or university in Florida, students MUST complete BOTH CHMX210 and CHMX210 Lab.

**Transfer students will be able to take SMT X043 and SMT X053 while enrolled at FSU.

Note : State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Sciences requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Progress in this major and formal admission to FSU-Teach and Teacher Education.
FSU native and transfer students will progress to upper-division (junior) status in the College of Arts and Sciences in the same manner as other Chemical Science majors: an AA degree or 52 earned credits (including at least half of the General Education requirements, including English composition and mathematics), at least a 2.50 GPA, and completion of appropriate milestones.

To be recognized as “formally admitted” into this major, students must meet the following requirements:
1) certification to upper division (or transfer admission into Mathematics as a junior);
2) completion of 18 hours of General Education requirements or an AA degree;
3) satisfactory completion of “Step 1” and “Step 2” prerequisite courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50;
5) completion of all of the common prerequisite courses for the Chemical Science major.

It is strongly suggested that students take and earn a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test before applying to Educator Preparation. Otherwise, once these 1-5 above are complete, the student must apply to Education Preparation online at .

Academic Performance
All State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones must be completed with a “C” range (C minus, C, or C+) grade or better. Students earning less than the necessary grade in any of these courses will be required to retake those courses until the standard is met.

Note: retaking a course may delay graduation and incur increased fee liability (i.e., repeat course surcharge and excess credit surcharge).

All courses applicable to the major must be completed with a “C minus" grade or better. Students must earn a "C minus" or better in the first course of a two-semester sequence to continue that sequence (or file an undergraduate appeal with the Student Affairs Office, to be reviewed by the Undergraduate Advising and Awards Committee, to request taking the year-sequence course out of sequence).

A student who has received more than three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, or D+) in courses required for the major, excluding the Term 1-4 State Common Program Prerequisites milestone courses, taken after enrolling at FSU will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in that major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (78 hours)

Required Courses for the Chemical Science Major: (at least 49 hours)

Required Chemistry Courses (37 hours minimum)
CHM 1045, 1045L (3, 1) or CHM 1050, 1050L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3, 1) or CHM 1051, 1051L (3,2) General Chemistry II, Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211, CHM 2211L (3, 3) Organic Chemistry II, Lab
CHM 3120, 3120L (3, 1) Analytical Chemistry I, Lab
CHM 4610 (3) Inorganic Chemistry
BCH 3023C (3) Survey of Biochemistry or BCH 4053 (3) Biochemistry I
CHM 4410 (3) and CHM 4411 (3) Physical Chem I, II, OR CHM 4410 (3) and CHM 4410L (1) Physical Chemistry 1 w/Lab OR CHM 4714 (3) and CHM 4714L (2) Materials Chemistry w/Lab

One of the following:
CHM 4130 (3) Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHM 4080 (3) Environmental Chemistry I
CHM 4905 (3) Directed Individual Study
CHM 4906 (1-6) Honors Research, for a total of at least 3 credits

Required Collateral Courses: (12 to 14 hours)
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus I
PHY 2053C (4) College Physics A with Lab or PHY 2048C (5) General Physics I with Lab
PHY 2054C (4) College Physics B with Lab or PHY 2049C (5) General Physics II with Lab

Required courses for the Education major: (29 hours)
SMT 1043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT 1053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
ISC 3402 (3) Historical, Social, and Critical Perspectives of Disciplinary Engagement in STEM*
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
RED 4335 (3) Content Area Reading for Secondary School Teachers
SMT 3100 (3) Knowing and Learning
SMT 4301 (3) Classroom Interactions
SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction
SMT 4930 (1-4): Seminar - variable credit
SMT 4945: (5) Apprentice Teaching (student teaching internship)
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area**

*ISC 3402 is an Upper Division Writing course.

**TSL 4324 is a Formative Experience Course

Digital Literacy:
This requirement is met by ISC 3523C for this major.

Oral Communication Competency:
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement is met by SMT 4664 for this major.

Minimum Program Requirements - ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0 beyond other requirements*
Major Coursework 78
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Prerequisite coursework may also be used to satisfy General Education and major requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. All 3000 and 4000 level chemistry and biochemistry courses must be taken in residence at this University.
5. Students with five or more grades below C minus in required courses or their prerequisites, including transfer courses, will be dropped from the program.
6. Any student enrolled in a major program offered within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, cannot double major in any other program offered within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Middle school or high school teacher of chemistry. Students may also pursue graduate school and career options related to the traditional Chemical Science major.

Representative Employers: Public and private schools; research facilities; medical facilities; private industry.

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