Adolescence Education: Chemistry (7-12) Major

Bring the excitement of chemistry to pupils in grades 7-12. With a first-rate curriculum background and solid classroom teaching techniques, you'll be well prepared to engage these adolescent learners.

Career Potential

  • Chemistry teacher (grades 7-12)

What Will I Learn?

As a chemistry education major, you will receive a thorough grounding in the science from its conceptual bases to the most advanced techniques. You will strengthen your understanding of

  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Quantitative analysis

To prepare you for the classroom environment, your course work will emphasize

  • Effective teaching techniques
  • Innovative lesson planning
  • Motivational strategies
  • Student assessment

Special Features

  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Use of the most modern instruments and methods
  • Extensive laboratory experience
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty in original research
  • Excellent record of graduate school placements and fellowships

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities:

Participate in full-time research over the summer and even get paid for it. Use the opportunity to start your own independent research project for credit.

Student Club


Adolescence education: chemistry is nationally accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and is fully recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-4323
Fax: 607-753-5928

Fast Facts

SUNY Cortland has the largest teacher education program in the Northeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 122


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Arden P. Zipp Scholarship
  • Top Graduating Senior in Chemistry
  • Chemical Rubber Company (C.R.C.) Press Award for Outstanding Student in General Chemistry
  • Arden P. Zipp Prize in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Outstanding Student Research in Chemistry

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