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Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

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Science students who would like to become teachers may earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in chemistry. It can include unified science certification to teach any of the beginning sciences in addition to all levels of chemistry in grades 9-12.

The future depends greatly on how people solve the world's problems, and problem solving is what chemists and physicists do best. From medicinal chemistry to research in superconductivity, there are abundant opportunities in the sciences. The programs offered at UCM prepare students for many rewarding cutting-edge careers.

The chemistry degree program at UCM provides a balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience. Students with a major in chemistry receive extensive state of the art, hands-on experience with instrumentation, such as UV-Visible, FTIR, and FTNMR spectroscopy; chromatography (GC/MS/MS/HPLC); calorimetry; fluorometry; electrochemical analysis and others. A research component in the chemistry program allows students an opportunity to work independently and to use acquired skills. All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, secondary teacher education programs in the sciences are accredited by the National Science Teachers Association.

About the Faculty

Active research, workshop and seminar participation keep chemistry faculty current in the ever-advancing field of science. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all faculty members in the program have earned doctorates in their fields of expertise.

The program's caring and experienced faculty provide individualized attention for their students, and the university's low student to faculty ratio allows for such personalized activity. Classroom learning is reinforced through practical laboratory experiences, where the use of instrumentation is emphasized.

Facilities

The chemistry programs are located in the W. C. Morris Science Building. The facilities include areas for general instructional use, audiovisual facilities, a library study area and modern laboratories in various areas of specialization. The program also has modern, well-equipped computer laboratories in chemistry, as well as electronic classrooms.

Career Opportunities

Chemistry is a common major for all of the preprofessional programs (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry) and also qualifies graduates to work as teachers or as chemists in industrial and governmental positions. Chemistry students are provided very attractive financial assistance should they choose to continue their studies at the graduate level. Graduate studies in biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, chemical education, petroleum and pharmaceutical chemistry are among the numerous options available.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association provide opportunities for members to have personal and informal association with the chemistry faculty outside the classroom. The societies meet regularly, sponsor lectures on contemporary science topics, and provide avenues of participation for campus activities. Students who merit academic recognition may be invited to join one or more of the honorary societies in science, such as Sigma Pi Sigma or Beta Beta Beta.

Chemistry students are considered for employment as laboratory or program assistants after completion of a minimum amount of training and study. This opportunity provides students with valuable teaching, research and technical experience.

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Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics
660-543-4626

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