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Chemistry Education (6-12)

Chemical Bonds

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Chemistry is the study of matter, its building blocks, its properties and behavior. Because it focuses on the central nature of physical matter, chemistry is considered a foundational science, one that can with understanding the natural world. At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will receive a firm foundation in chemistry while gaining a broad Christian liberal arts education that puts science education into the context of life and society. Chemistry Education majors at KWU have the opportunity to study in small classes, which ensures your questions get answered. You also get the individualized mentoring from others who are teaching Chemistry. 

Teacher Certification

  • Secondary Level (Grades 6–12)

Why study Chemistry Education at KWU? We help you teach others!

At KWU, Chemistry is anything but boring. You will be busy with labs, interactive classes, research and other experiences that will enhance your career choices and chances to get into graduate school, medical school or other advanced health degree programs. Your will complete an undergraduate research project working closely with a KWU chemistry professor. There are also opportunities to work part time or be an intern in a Salina-area laboratory or health center. 

As a Chemistry Education major at Kansas Wesleyan University, you will study chemistry in depth and learn teacher education procedures, policies and practices as part of KWU’s Christian liberal arts curriculum. With clinical practice in a student teacher role, you will learn how to how to run a classroom and confidently impart chemistry principles to your middle or high school students.

REU Opportunities

KWU students are encouraged to apply for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offered at major research universities and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Apryl Saunders ’16, a Chemistry and Biomedical Chemistry double major from Harrah, OK, went to the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, OK, to work in Structural Biology focusing on proteins. Kayla St. Laurent ’17, a Biology and Biomedical Chemistry double major from Hutchinson, KS, joined an organic chemistry lab team at Kansas State University to work alongside KWU alumna Chelsea Hanks '13 on building a molecule that selectively targets cancer cells.

Chemistry Club

The Chemistry Club is for students who enjoy all areas of science but enjoy a particular affinity for chemistry. The club members are involved in spreading their love of science while gaining service-learning experience through conducting science demonstrations in schools, hosting laboratory days for younger school children and working on the Salina Science Olympiad. The chemistry club gathers for its meetings on the first Thursday of every month, and food is provided to members and interested parties alike. Feel free to join the fun!

Learn about the physical world in these Chemistry classes

General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry, Laboratory Safety & Maintenance, Undergraduate Research

For more information, contact Dr. James Townsend, associate professor and chair of Chemistry, or call 785-833-4467.