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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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University Park, Eberly College of Science (CHEM)

PROFESSOR Mark Maroncelli, Assistant Head for Undergraduate Education

This major provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of chemistry. Mathematics and physics are emphasized, since these subjects are essential to the understanding of chemistry. Courses in English and electives ensure study in non-technical subjects which broaden the student's general education and enables him or her to relate the major to other fields of knowledge.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Chemistry major, a student must have: 1) Attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. 2) Completed CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CHEM 210(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), and MATH 141 GQ(4); earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses; and earned a combined grade point average of at least 2.50 in these courses. (Note: If courses are repeated, only the higher grade will be used in this calculation.)

For the B.S. degree in Chemistry, a minimum of 125 credits is required with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.00 in these courses. A grade of C or better is required in all courses within the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This requirement includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 231(2) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 210(3)[1], CHEM 212(3)[1], CHEM 213(2)[1], CHEM 227(4)[1], CHEM 310(3)[1], CHEM 316(1), CHEM 450(3)[1], CHEM 452(3)[1], CHEM 457(2)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

Select 3 credits from MATH 250(3) or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 4 credits from advanced laboratory courses[1]: CHEM 423W(4), CHEM 425W (4), CHEM 431W(4), CHEM 459W(4) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 16 credits of chemistry at the 400 level[1]. Up to 6 co-op credits (2 each of SC 295, SC 395, SC 495) may be used in this category. Chemical Research, CHEM 494(1-10) may be used, but the total of CHEM 494 credits plus co-op credits may not exceed 8. (Sem: 5-8)

These 17 credits may include any courses not on the Chemistry Department list of excluded courses except that CHEM 494 may not be used, and only one credit of each SC 295, SC 395, and SC 495 is allowed in this category. (Sem: 1-8)

Integrated B.S. in Chemistry/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

These Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) degree programs combine the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis.  The programs are designed to be completed in five years. The programs enable highly qualified and motivated students to delve deeply into a scientific content area and to pursue graduate level preparation in the theory and practice of teaching.

For detailed instructions on applying to the program, please consult the “Application Process” section of the IUG description for the Chemistry B.S. degree in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Application materials to be submitted include an undergraduate transcript, statement of purpose, draft plan of study, two letters of recommendation, and concurrent submission of an application for master’s study to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis area. Additional details about the graduate application procedure can be found above in the section, “Admissions Requirements.

IUG students fulfill all degree requirements for a B.S. in the Eberly College of Science. If a student chooses to leave the program without completing M.Ed. requirements, he or she may still receive the relevant B.S. degree, after all B.S. requirements are completed. 

For the M.Ed. degree, students must earn at least 30 credits at the 400/500 level, at least 18 of them at the 500 level. One graduate semester is devoted to full time student teaching. Additional graduate coursework is completed in a second graduate semester.  Courses required for the M.Ed. degree include SCIED 552(3), SCIED 558(3), a 500-level EDTHP course (3), C I 590(1), C I 595(12), and a 500-level course in curriculum (e.g., C I 550(3)). Of these, SCIED 558(3) and C I 595(12) comprise the student teaching semester course load.

124 credits are required for the B.S. degree and 30 credits for the M.Ed. degree.  The following courses may be double-counted toward both the B.S. and the M.Ed. degrees, up to a limit of 12 credits: EDTHP 500-level courses (3), SCIED 411(3) & SCIED 412(3), and SCIED 500-level courses. Note that at least 50% of credits proposed for double-counting must be at the 500 level.

There are a number of other requirements for Pennsylvania teacher certification, including state-required tests and clearances, as well as coursework that can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Some courses, not enumerated above, that are usually required to satisfy teacher certification requirements include C I 280(3), SPLED 400(3), and C I 495C(3).  Please note that changes in Pennsylvania certification requirements are common; students should check the Certification FAQ page at the Penn State Science Education website for updates and clarification about the specific requirements that affect them, based on their admission date to the IUG program option. Note also that students in the IUG program option are not required to complete all Penn State teacher certification requirements in order to receive their B.S. and M.Ed. degrees, as long as they have completed the requirements for those degrees, as described in the undergraduate and graduate Bulletins. For example, a student who has completed all degree requirements but has not yet received a score for the Pennsylvania-required Biology PRAXIS exam may be awarded both of his or her earned degrees.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-134

Review Date: 8/23/2016

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06



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