Encourage Future Scientists. Teach.

Share your passion for chemistry within the high school classroom. Our degree program offers a varied curriculum of chemistry, biology, physics and education courses. Experience hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art McFarland Science Building. You’ll learn the methods and techniques of chemical reasoning, reactions and experimentation, and you'll be well-equipped to educate the next generation of scientists!

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Focus Your Passion

Our department offers four different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. Those who are pursuing graduate studies and professional programs are encouraged to earn an ACS-approved degree. Discover which program works best for you.

ACS Professional Track

Our ACS professional degree track is approved by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for a wide variety of careers in industry, government and education. You'll take additional courses in physical chemistry, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you'll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the American Chemical Society.

ACS Certified with Biochemistry Emphasis

Combine your passion for medical discovery and STEM innovation with our biochemistry emphasis. Our program is certified by the American Chemical Society and prepares you for careers in health sciences, academia and chemical research. You’ll take additional courses in cell biology, biochemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry and instrumental analysis. When you graduate, you’ll meet the criteria for a professional chemist as stated by the ACS.

Note: We recommend this track to students interested in medical school.

Chemistry Teaching Emphasis

Take your knowledge to the high-school classroom with our teaching emphasis option. You’ll take additional courses in chemistry lab design, biology and advanced chemistry. Our combined education program also offers courses in learning process and development, project-based learning in STEM and pedagogy. When you graduate, you’ll be certified to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Chemistry (BS)

The chemistry degree offers a strong foundation in chemical sciences. Our comprehensive program provides the knowledge needed to continue graduate studies or pursue careers in the chemical and health care industry. While here, you’ll apply basic theories and practices of chemistry in the laboratory through our research opportunities.

See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Chemistry

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Innovation and Discovery

Take on our mission to build a better Texas that is eager to compete in an interconnected world with creativity, ethical leadership and imagination. We don’t just discover the future, we make it.

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Career Readiness

The College of Science and Engineering is a gateway to in-demand STEM careers projected to make up a significant portion of the U.S. and global economy.

TAMUC chemistry experiment
Instructor and students perform experiment

Accomplished Faculty

Shape an innovative framework with an award-winning faculty including four College of Science and Engineering Regents Professors, a highly selective honor for exemplary contributions to the university, community and the State of Texas.

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Hands-on Research

Our faculty will help you tackle complex challenges and discover solutions with hands-on research in various fields.

Health Services Administration (BAAS)


A degree in chemistry with a teacher certification will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and laboratory skills you can apply to your teaching career.
  • Investigate the technologies, methods and practices that foster research, chemical reasoning and scientific breakthroughs.
  • Learn classroom management, pedagogical approaches and technology integration resources.
  • Explore instrumentation and laboratory techniques with access to equipment for student research.
Chemist pouring liquid nitrogen into container


Chemistry students seeking teacher certification aim to share their knowledge in the high school classroom. As a student in this program, you will participate in a required residency at a nearby public school where you will gain first-hand classroom experience. With this degree, you can become a sought-after STEM educator. After graduation, you’ll be well equipped to transition to the classroom environment.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teacher
Chemical Technician

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022

Experience the Classroom firsthand

Work under the guidance of teaching professionals with our field-based, residency program. As a chemistry with teaching emphasis student, you’ll have the opportunity to intern at a local high school during your final year. You’ll gain confidence in the classroom and acquire the skills needed for first-year teaching. As part of your degree program, you will receive course credit for this internship. In addition to the classroom experience, some of our students have participated in industry internships.

What You Will Learn

Work with accomplished faculty and peers as you take an in-depth look into chemical and life sciences. Our program allows you to experience hands-on learning with our fully equipped chemistry laboratories. You’ll then learn how to incorporate STEM in the classroom with our teacher education courses.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Major courses include general and quantitative chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology and physics
  • Teacher education courses include roles and responsibilities of STEM educators, learning processes and development and project-based learning in STEM

Student Organizations

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS-SA) brings together students studying chemistry at A&M-Commerce through guest speakers, social events, field trips, tutoring services, revenue-generating events and various other activities. This organization not only provides opportunities to connect with scientists on campus but also professionals all around the world.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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