Chemistry, Secondary Certification Option

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program with Secondary Teacher Certification option guides students in studying the properties, composition, and structure of substances, the transformations they undergo, and the energy changes that occur during these processes.  Students gain a strong foundation of knowledge in chemistry and develop their scientific skills to succeed in secondary chemistry teaching careers or postgraduate study in the chemical sciences or the teaching field.  Our chemistry program is housed in a state-of-the-art science facility with modern instrumentation, including FT-NMR, FTIR, GCMS, LCMS, HPLC, DSC, HPLC, flame AAS, and SEM.  Guided by proficient faculty, students can choose from various authentic hands-on learning experiences, including undergraduate research, service learning, and internships.  Students can also practice leadership skills and engage in professional development through involvement in the Chemist Honor Society or other registered student clubs.  Students in this program will also study with the expert faculty in the School of Education, which uses the latest in pedagogical techniques, to prepare themselves for certification to teach science at the secondary level in middle or high schools. Secondary Teacher candidates move through the School of Education in cohorts. (PES I, II, III, and IV).  The candidates will participate in field hours every semester (for a total of almost 1000 field hours) to hone the teaching side of their craft with the student teaching internship in PES IV.

Admission requirements for acceptance into the Secondary Professional Teacher Education program can be found on the Secondary Education page.

Bachelor of Science

Area A: Essential Skills
Grades of C or better required.
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics3
Area B: Institutional Options
Beginning Fall 2022, incoming (entering) students with 29 hours or fewer college credits will take only a Perspectives course for their one-hour Area B credit.
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech ***3
One of the following electives:1
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Health and Wellness Concepts
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Race and Ethnicity in America
PRSP Elective (See advisor)
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two ENGL course(s):3-6
Topics in Literature & Culture
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
One of the following Laboratory Science Sequences:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics II
MATH 2253Calculus and Analytic Geom I *4
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
Two of the following electives:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology ***
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
CHEM 1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I **4
CHEM 1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II **4
CHEM 2000Scientific Communication2
MATH 2254Calculus and Analytic Geom II4
Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 3211KOrganic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3212KOrganic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3311KQuantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3312KInstrumental Methods of Analys4
CHEM 3411KPhysical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4000Senior Seminar2
CHEM 4110KAdvanced Inorganic Chemistry4
Upper Level Elective
Choose one of the following upper level electives:3-4
Environmental Chemistry
Education Courses
Prior to enrollment in EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC 2130, students must have taken PSYC 1101, COMM 1110, and Area A courses with grades of C or better. Approved Background check, proof of professional Liability Insurance, completion of the mandated reporter training course, and a passing score on an Ethics assessment are also required.
EDUC 2110Investig Critical/Contem Issue (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
EDUC 2120Expl Socio-Cultural Perspect (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning/Teaching (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
Professional Education Semester 1 (PES I) - Fall Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES I courses, students must be accepted to the Teacher Education Program and have completed CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or better.
EDUC 3272Class Mgmt Sec Ed Field Exp I2
EDUC 3902Curric/Asses Secondary Teacher3
Professional Education Semester 2 (PES II) - Spring Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES II courses, students must have completed EDUC 3902 and EDUC 3272 with grades of C or better.
EDUC 3273Class Mgmt Sec Ed Field Exp II2
EDUC 4902Meth/Strat Teach STEM Sec3
Professional Education Semester 3 (PES III) - Fall Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES III, students must have completed EDUC 3273 and EDUC 4902 with grades of C or better.
EDUC 3120Teaching Diverse Learners(Sec) +3
EDUC 3274Class Mgm Sec Ed Field Exp III2
Professional Education Semester 4 (PES IV) - Spring Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES IV, students must have completed EDUC 3120 with a grade of B or better (required for certification) and EDUC 3274 and all upper division coursework in the major with grades of C or better.
READ 3456Reading across Curric Sec Educ3
EDUC 4953Teaching Internship Seminar1
EDUC 4954Internship Sec School Chem8
Total Hours126-127

MATH 2253 may be taken in Area A if the student meets the prerequisites, with MATH 2254 then taken in Area D. The additional hour of credit will be applied to the upper level curriculum.


Completion of CHEM 1211K and 1212K with grades of C or better are required for candidates seeking certification in Secondary Chemistry.


ENGL 1101 is a prererquisite for EDUC 2110 and 2120. COMM 1110, ENGL 1102, PSYC 1101, and MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 are prerequisites for EDUC 2130. Grades of C or better are required.


Secondary candidates must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 3120, Teaching Diverse Learners (a requirement for certification).


CHEM 1151K. Survey of Chemistry. 3-3-4 Units.

Introduces the fundamentals of chemistry including general principles of atomic structures, bonding, reactions, gases, water, solutions, pH and elementary organic chemistry and biochemistry.(S)
Prerequisites: MATH 1001, 1101, or 1111 and ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

CHEM 1211K. Principles of Chemistry I. 3-3-4 Units.

Explores the discipline of chemistry through an understanding of the basic laws and properties of matter, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions and the physical states of matter. Requires laboratory experimentation which illustrates applications of concepts studied in lecture.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: MATH 1111 with a grade of "C" or better, ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

CHEM 1212K. Principles of Chemistry II. 3-3-4 Units.

Continues the exploration of the discipline of chemistry begun in CHEM 1211. Focuses on the more quantitative aspects of chemistry including chemical equilibria, kinetics, acid-base, solubility product, electrochemistry and coordination compounds. Requires laboratory development of techniques necessary to identify common metallic and non-metallic ions.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K.

CHEM 2000. Scientific Communication. 2-0-2 Units.

An introduction to the principles of ethics in the chemical sciences. Also, the infrastructure of scientific scholarship is introduced with an emphasis on interaction with the scientific community, responsible conduct in research, and communication of scientific findings.(F)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K Corequisites: CHEM 1212K.

CHEM 3211K. Organic Chemistry I. 3-3-4 Units.

Introduces the chemistry of organic compounds including aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, stereochemistry, monofunctional compounds and some polyfunctional compounds. Requires the illustration of techniques for synthesis, separation, purification and identification of organic compounds in the laboratory.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212K.

CHEM 3212K. Organic Chemistry II. 3-3-4 Units.

Continues the exploration of the chemistry of organic compounds with an emphasis on the characteristics and reactions of a variety of functional groups. Requires the illustration of techniques for synthesis, separation, purification and identification of organic compounds in the laboratory.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: CHEM 3211K.

CHEM 3311K. Quantitative Analysis. 3-4-4 Units.

Introduction to statistics. The use of spreadsheets. Principles and techniques of volumetric analysis. Concepts of chemical equilibria as applied to acid-base, precipitation, and complex ion reactions. Electrochemistry and potentiometry. Introduction to spectroscopy and chromatography.(F,S)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212K and MATH 1113.

CHEM 3312K. Instrumental Methods of Analys. 3-3-4 Units.

Theoretical principles and uses of modern instrumental methods covering: measurement theory, atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electrometry, electroanalysis and chromatographic separations.(S)
Prerequisites: CHEM 3311K.

CHEM 3411K. Physical Chemistry I. 3-3-4 Units.

A study of macromolecular phenomena in terms of micro molecular concepts including the gas state and thermodynamic.(F)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212K, MATH 2254, PHYS 1112K or PHYS 2212K.

CHEM 3412K. Physical Chemistry II. 3-3-4 Units.

A continuation of CHEM 3411K including liquid and solid state, kinetics, and equilibria.(S)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212K,MATH 2254, and PHYS 1112K or PHYS 2212K.

CHEM 3500. Biochemistry. 3-0-3 Units.

The chemical aspects of protein, carbohydrate, lipid, and nucleic acid, and enzyme function, bioenergetics, metabolism, photosynthesis, nuclei acid function, and protein biosynthesis.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1107K and CHEM 3211K.

CHEM 3700K. Environmental Chemistry. 3-3-4 Units.

This course will cover the environmental chemistry involving the transport, distribution, reactions, and speciation of inorganic, organometallic and organic chemicals occurring in the air, soil and water environments at the local, national and global scale. Environmental transformations and degradation processes, toxicology, pollution and hazardous substances will be discussed(F)
Corequisites: CHEM 3211K.

CHEM 3900. Readings in Chemistry. 0-0-2 Units.

Independent in-depth study of the literature within a topic of current research in Chemistry. Approval of a faculty supervisor required before registration.(F,S, M)
Prerequisites: 12 hours of Chemistry and permission of the instructor.

CHEM 4000. Senior Seminar. 2-0-2 Units.

Survey of various topics, especially highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of chemistry.(S)
Prerequisites: 12 hours of upper level chemistry.

CHEM 4110K. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3-3-4 Units.

Advanced theories of bonding and structure in inorganic chemistry with emphasis on ligand field theory, bioinorganic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry(S)
Prerequisites: CHEM 3212K, CHEM 3311K.

CHEM 4120. Drug Action and Drug Design. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is intended to introduce chemistry and biology students the key concepts in medicinal chemistry that overlaps the disciplines of a variety of science fields extended from chemistry and biology. This course will primarily consist of molecular mechanisms of drug target interactions in the body and drug design strategies for improving drug action. Some discussion will be devoted to specific drug classes, but the primary focus of the course will be acquiring the chemistry and theory of general drug action and drug design. This course will include limited hands-on experience using available computer programs in medicinal chemistry. (S) Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3212K or permission of instructor.

CHEM 4420. Adv Organic Spectroscopy. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is intended to introduce the spectroscopic methods used in the modern determination of organic structures. This will primarily consist of the study of mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry. Some discussion will be devoted to instrumental methods, but the primary focus of the course will be acquiring skill in the interpretation of this spectral data. This course will include hands-on experience using instrumentation. (F even-numbered years) Prerequisites: CHEM 3212K

CHEM 4430. Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3-0-3 Units.

Advanced topics in organic chemistry. Such topics include biomolecules, stereochemistry, physical organic chemistry, and heterocycles(F odd-numbered years)
Prerequisites: CHEM 3212K.

CHEM 4800. Service Learning in Chemistry. 0-0-1-4 Unit.

A lecture assistantship or laboratory assistantship within a chemistry course here at Dalton State. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credit hours.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: Approval of both a faculty supervisor and department chair.

CHEM 4860. Internship in Chemistry. 0-0-1-4 Unit.

A supervised, credit-earning work experience of one academic semester with a previously approved business firm, private agency or government agency. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credit hours. (F,S,M).
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair.

CHEM 4900. Special Topics in Chemistry. 0-0-1-4 Unit.

Advanced concepts in chemistry will be presented, the detailed content varying from year to year. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs.(Offered as Needed)
Prerequisites: CHEM 3212K and additional 3 upper level Chemistry courses.

CHEM 4960. Research in Chemistry. 0-0-1-4 Unit.

Research project conducted by a student under guidance of a faculty member. Approval of a faculty supervisor required before registration. Variable 1-4 hours. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 hours.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: 16 hours of Chemistry and permission of the instructor.