Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry-Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12), B.A.

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Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 51+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

Chemistry Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12)

Students interested in teacher licensure in chemistry must complete both the chemistry major and the Secondary Education Cognate, B.S.  major requirements. See the School of Education  section of this catalog for a listing of the required secondary education cognate major courses. Students should apply for acceptance to this program no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for this include admission to and successful completion of the approved teacher education program. Students must successfully complete all requirements for licensure in secondary education.

When declaring teacher licensure in Chemistry through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select “Declare or Add a Major” and then “Secondary Education Cognate” from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the chemistry major and follow the on-screen instructions.


  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) . Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing scores on Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators designed by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Scores must be sent to the College of Charleston (Code R5113) and the SCDE (Code R8108).
    • Completing the application process during EDFS 201 .
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201 , they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or better in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) 
  • Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 460 .
  • You must complete a major in the content area and the cognate major (see Secondary Education Cognate, B.S. ) to be forwarded to the State Department of Education for certification.
  • 2.500 major GPA
  • Minimum education GPA of 3.000.


Complete one Physical Chemistry Lecture Course

Students will need to request registration from the department office to bypass the normal lab co-requisite requirement if they are opting to not take the lab course.


  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 115  in lieu of MATH 120 .
  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 215  in lieu of MATH 220 .



  • No more than 4 credit hours from CHEM 381  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from CHEM 399  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from CHEM 483  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from CHEM 483L  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 2 credit hours from CHEM 490  may be applied towards the program requirements.  

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

The following courses are excluded: BIOL 101 , BIOL 101L , BIOL 111 , BIOL 111L GEOL 103 , GEOL 103L , HONS 115 , HONS 151 , HONS 151L , HONS 155 , HONS 155L , HONS 157 , HONS 157L , HONS 215 , MATH 120 , MATH 220 , MATH 221 , MATH 229 PHYS 101 , PHYS 101L , PHYS 111 , PHYS 111L  

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