Chemistry Education

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Chemistry at Purdue University has a ratio of 1 faculty member for every 8 undergraduates, which allows students to enjoy a great deal of individualized attention. It also offers opportunities for mentoring programs and cutting-edge undergraduate research in a wide range of fields from drug discovery to climate change. Chemistry majors can pursue one of two degrees: B.S. in chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS); or the more flexible B.S. with chemistry as a field of study, which allows for specializations in ACS-accredited biochemistry or chemistry education.

Chemistry education meets the requirements for certification to teach chemistry in the secondary schools of Indiana in addition to meeting the requirements for the B.S. degree with chemistry major.  Students preparing to teach in junior/high/middle/secondary schools (grades 5-12) must meet the requirements set by the Teacher Education Council.  These requirements are outlined in the Guide to Teacher Preparation and Licensure from the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure at Purdue,

There is also the opportunity to complete in five years a dual degree with chemical engineering or material science engineering, after acceptance into the College of Engineering.

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Many graduates work in research and development in a wide variety of fields, while others choose jobs such as lab supervisor, pharmaceutical sales, analytical services, or quality control. Students also learn communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as well as the technical skills necessary for careers in biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

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