Biochemistry, BA - Secondary Education Option

Biochemistry, BA

Secondary Education Option

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The BA in Biochemistry with the secondary education option is designed for students wishing to become high school chemistry teachers.

Focus of Study

Because this option provides both the Chemistry/Biochemistry background and the training in secondary education needed to become a high school chemistry teacher, the program has very specific requirements and little room for elective courses that will not count towards graduation. It is important to consult with advisors from both the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the College of Education.

For more information on the requirements for the Initial Secondary Licensure, see the Secondary Initial License Certificate.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biochemistry - Secondary Education Option requires the following:

  • A minimum of 33 credit hours of CHEM course work. At least 16 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • 25 additional hours of auxiliary course work.
  • A grade of C or better in all CHEM and auxiliary course work.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all CHEM course work.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of CHEM course work may apply to the bachelor’s degree.
  • Additional course work is required to complete the Biochemistry, BA degree. Please see the advising guide on the Academic Advising website for more information.
  • 33 hours of UCCS Teach course work.
  • A grade of "B-" or better must be earned in all Education courses.
  • Education courses should be taken in the appropriate semester. See the advising four-year plan for details.


Program Coursework

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Requirements

  • CHEM 1401: General Chemistry I, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1402: General Chemistry Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 1511: General Chemistry for Majors II, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1513: General Chemistry Laboratory Majors II, 1 Credit Hour
    • CHEM 1511/1513 is recommended, but students may elect to take the non-majors courses, CHEM 1411/1412.
  • CHEM 2201: Introduction to Biochemical Principles, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3101: Organic Chemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3103: Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 3111: Organic Chemistry II, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3113: Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors II, 1 Credit Hour
    • Students may elect to take the sequence for chemistry majors, CHEM 3201/3203 and 3211/3213.
  • CHEM 4001: Analytical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4002: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 4211: Biochemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4701: Biophysical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM Electives: Complete 2 hours of upper-division (3000+ level) Chemistry electives.
Auxiliary Requirements
  • BIOL 1350/1360: General Biology II: Introduction to the Cell & Lab, 4 Credit Hours
  • GEOL 1010: Physical Geology
  • MATH 1330: Calculus for Life Science, 4 Credit Hours
  • PES 1110/1160: General Physics I and Lab, 5 Credit Hours
  • PES 1120/2160: General Physics II and Lab, 5 Credit Hours
  • PES 1050: General Astronomy I or PES 1060: General Astronomy II
UCCS Teach Requirements
  • UTED 1030: Inquiry Approaches/Lesson Plan Design for Secondary Math/Science Teaching
  • UTED 2010: Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
  • UTED 3020: Classroom Interactions
  • UTED 4710: Project-based Instruction
  • UTED 4720: Reading in the Content Area
  • UTLS 3030: Perspectives on Science and Math
  • UTLS 3040: Science Research Methods
LAS & Compass Requirements
  • GPS 1010: Gateway Program Seminar, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1310: Rhetoric & Writing I, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1410: Rhetoric & Writing II, 3 Credit Hours
  • HUM 3990: Special Topics in Humanities, 3 Credit Hours
  • Other LAS and Compass Requirements, 6 Credit Hours (see advising sheet)
Total Credit Hours: 120 Credit Hours

Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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