2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Education-Chemistry (Dual), BS

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Arts and Sciences/Education (Dual)

Arts and Sciences contact:

Shruti Viswanathan, Director of Academic Advising and Counseling, 323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150.

Education contact:

Sheila DeRose, Office of Academic and Student Services,111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230; 315-443-9319 (for intra-university transfer).


In order to meet the academic requirements for New York State certification to teach in the academic areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, or Spanish dual enrollment in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education is required. Completion of all College of Arts and Sciences requirements (including the Liberal Arts Core with courses from specific categories and a major in one of the listed content areas), combined with 37-40 credits of education courses (including methods and student teaching), for a total of 124-127 credits, are required. Some students may need to complete total program credits that are slightly greater than 124-127. In addition, completion of New York State testing and other certification requirements apply. Please see the following detailed information.

The dual programs for prospective teachers provide a broad general education (the Liberal Arts Core of the College of Arts and Sciences), depth in the content area to be taught, and professional coursework and field experiences focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary to teach students from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities.

Students in the dual programs complete a program of study offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education: English education; mathematics education; science education (biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics); social studies education, or Spanish education. Students also complete the requirements for a College of Arts and Sciences major in the subject area.

Within the Liberal Arts Core, major, and/or electives, students must include one course from the following:

  • mathematics (MAT 112  may not meet this requirement) (3 credits)
  • history (3 credits)
  • social science course other than history or psychology (3 credits)
  • arts and culture/HOA or HOM, or other approved humanities course focusing on one or more of the arts (3 credits)
  • humanities course other than arts and culture or HST (3 credits)
  • approved humanities or social science course with non-Western content (list is available from the education advisor. English and Social Studies Education students complete this as part of their major in the subject area.) (3 credits)

When planning their sequence of courses, students should keep in mind that at least 9 credits of education including student teaching are required in the fall of the senior year in order to meet the prerequisites for the spring student teaching experience. As many content (subject area) courses as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year.

All programs meet the academic requirements for New York State initial adolescence education certification to teach grades 7-12 in the specified subject. Successful completion of certification examinations, an application and a background check are also required for New York State teacher certification.

A core of professional requirements shared by all of these is as follows. Additional liberal arts, professional, and other requirement information is provided in this section. More detailed information is available from the program coordinator.

Professional Education Core Courses

The professional sequence includes coursework, field experience and student teaching, and requirements other than coursework, described below.


* EDU 304  and RED 326  should be taken after EDU 204 . EDU 204  may be taken as early as the second semester of first year. All must be taken before the first professional semester. EDU 310  may be taken before, or after (extra semester) professional semesters.

EDU 366   or the equivalent Child Health and Life Safety Workshops and DASA training must be completed before the first student teaching semester.

Candidacy Semester

(fall of the senior year)

Note: The semesters of registration listed are for students completing the program in four years. Others would adjust accordingly, with the candidacy and second professional semester as late in the program as possible. However, the candidacy semester must be completed in a fall semester.

Prerequisites to Candidacy Semester: Enrollment in the specific program; development of an acceptable professional portfolio (reviewed prior to the candidacy semester); a minimum 3.0 cumulative average, and 3.0 in both required education and in content (subject matter) courses; completion of EDU 204  and EDU 304 , EDU 366 , RED 326 , and the number of content courses required by the program; and appropriate progress toward meeting all of the program assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

Standard Student Teaching Semester

(spring of the senior year)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the candidacy semester and acceptable professional portfolio; completion of the required amount of credits in the content area; grade point averages at or above the minimums stated above; successful review of all appropriate student assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

Additional Information

Because this student teaching placement is a full-time, multi-week experience, no other daytime courses can be taken, and it is not advisable to plan more than 12 total credits in this semester, unless approved by an advisor.


A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission to the Arts and Sciences and Education dual enrollment programs. GPA requirements for admission to the candidacy and standard student teaching semesters, and other prerequisites to these semesters are mentioned above. Additional requirements may apply to some programs.

Intra-University transfer to the School of Education is coordinated through the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230, and a course sequencing plan must be completed at the time of application with the Program Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Leadership. Upon acceptance into a dual program, the student should also complete the official program of study form required by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may not declare a major in an Arts and Sciences/Education program until they are accepted by the School of Education. Application should be made as soon as possible, but must be made no later than the start of the fall of the junior year by those hoping to complete the program in four years (although even then extra semesters may be necessary).

Advising and Special Services

A dually enrolled student has an advisor in each college or one advisor dually appointed to both colleges. Early contact with the education advisor is important for progress and careful planning. Contact is also required before each registration in order to have the School of Education advising hold lifted.

Students planning graduation from these programs are expected to ensure a graduation check has been completed with the School of Education, in addition to similar monitoring by the College of Arts and Sciences. They also may take advantage of the job search services of the Education Career Services Office, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230.

Science Education-Chemistry

Science Education Contact:

Sharon Dotger, 107 Heroy Building, 315-443-9137, sdotger@syr.edu

In addition to the professional education requirements, students in science education complete the Bachelor of Arts* or Bachelor of Science with a major in the primary science area and the following requirements:

Liberal Arts Core Specific Requirements

Within the Liberal Arts Core, major, and/or electives, students must include specific liberal arts distribution courses that are not required of other Arts and Sciences students.  Details are given below. Science education majors must include:

  • One approved history (HST) course (3 credits)
  • One social science course (other than history (HST) or psychology (PSY)) (3 credits)
  • One arts-related course within Arts and Sciences (HOA or HOM or other approved humanities course focusing on one or more of the arts) (3 credits)
  • One humanities course (other than history (HST) or arts related) (3 credits)
  • One multicultural humanities or social science course (3 credits) (May also meet one of the social science or humanities requirements above.)
  • One approved calculus course (3-4 credits)
  • One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English, or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study.

Additional Science Content

In addition to the B.A. or B.S.* chemistry major requirements** or as part of the major’s non-departmental science requirements, students must complete an introductory laboratory sequence in a second science area.  Chemistry majors typically use the required physics sequence for this.


*The B.S. degree requires additional science courses, paperwork, and an appropriate petition.

** See specific departmental major course requirements for chemistry.

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