Requirements for the degree and certification

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry with 8-12 teacher certification are as follows:

I. Departmental requirements: 
  1. 34 credits in chemistry: CHEM-1311CHEM-1312, CHEM-1112CHEM-2319CHEM-2119CHEM-2320CHEM-2120CHEM-3330, CHEM-3130, CHEM-3001CHEM-3432CHEM-3334CHEM-3335CHEM-3321, and one upper division lab course selected from CHEM-4250 or CHEM-4251.
  2. MATH-1311, MATH-1312.
  3. PHYS-1111, PHYS-1112, PHYS-1309 or PHYS-1311, PHYS-1310 or PHYS-1312.
  4. EDUC-2202, EDUC-3320, EDUC-3331.
    The recommended full Education Course of Study to teach high school chemistry is: (a) EDUC-1105 and EDUC-1106 for first year students; (b) EDUC-2202, EDUC-2203 or EDUC-3303, EDUC-3320, EDUC-3331, EDUC-3342; (c) EDUC-4100.
II. University requirements: 

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours. 

Guidelines for the Acceptance of Majors

Full acceptance is granted if the following requirements are met at the time of application:

  1. Completion of CHEM-1311, CHEM-1312, CHEM-1112CHEM-2319 and CHEM-2119 with grades of C or better.
  2. Completion of MATH-1311 with a grade of C or better.
  3. A grade point average of at least 2.0 on all other university work.

Provisional acceptance may be granted if it is apparent that an applicant can meet the requirements for full acceptance by the end of the semester in which application is made.

Transfer students will be accepted provisionally pending completion at Trinity of at least one upper division chemistry course, which includes lab, with a grade of C or better.


In addition to the minimum requirements for an honors thesis described earlier, the Department of Chemistry has the following requirements:

Application and Procedures 

Students planning to write an Honors Thesis in Chemistry should discuss research opportunities with at least three faculty members. Normally the choice of research director will be made in the first semester of the Junior year, although students with extraordinary research experience, including research during a summer, may defer the choice of research director for one or two semesters. A brief proposal of the student’s thesis project should be submitted to the Chair for approval by chemistry faculty committee prior to enrolling in Honors Thesis research.


The Honors Program in Chemistry requires a minimum of nine credit hours of research normally arranged over three semesters. At least six of these hours must be taken in the senior year and devoted to the thesis research. If a student has worked full-time on research related to the thesis for a minimum of ten weeks during one summer, the department may waive the requirement for three of the nine credit hours. Submission of the final research report for the summer is required for this waiver.

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