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Chemistry Education (B.S.)

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Make a lasting impact on the future of science.

Anything you touch, smell or see contains natural or man-made chemicals. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its strong connections to the other natural sciences and mathematics. Chemistry is therefore an area of study that allows students vast opportunity to explore the unknown and to address some of human society’s most pressing scientific problems. Sparking high-school students’ interest in chemistry sets them up for academic success and/or excellent careers in STEM fields. And let's be honest, chemistry teachers get to do the best demonstrations. The chemistry education program will prepare students for careers in high-quality teaching of chemistry at the secondary/high school level.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in teaching.
  • Are interested in the physical sciences.
  • Have an inquisitive mind and are curious about how things work.
  • Enjoy discovery.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Graduate school

Recent Employers

  • School districts throughout the U.S., with concentration in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa

Clubs and Organizations

  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
  • Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
  • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
  • Pre-Professional Science Club
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Physics Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Society of Physics Students

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.