Program Details

Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $530 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Specialize in Chemistry and Education

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education degree program provides a career path in education for those with a passion for chemistry. Prepare to teach undergraduate courses in chemistry at a two-year or four-year institution in both campus and online modalities.

The chemistry education program’s curriculum balances chemistry content with pedagogical practices, so students can advance their understanding of chemistry concepts, as well as develop into an effective educator. One unique aspect of GCU’s industry-led curriculum is the integration of faith reflecting the core values of the university’s Christian worldview. Questions of ethical philosophy in relation to science, chemistry and technological innovation arise in classroom discussions. Exploring these challenges and conflicts helps cultivate leaders in the field who are ready to make a difference with strong moral conviction.

Degree Outcomes

Play a Role in the Future of Science

By surveying pedagogical practices and examining chemistry concepts throughout the program, students will have the foundation for educating future scholars in the field of chemistry. Completing the chemistry education program also meets requirements for graduates to move onto further professional development, as well as fulfill graduate course requirements necessary for pursuing teaching requirements at the postsecondary level.

What You Will Learn

Advance Your Understanding of Chemistry

Students will gain competency in strategic and collaborative instructional design, effectively incorporating technology into the classroom and aligning academic standards with teaching objectives. To set students up for success as an educator, this program supports students in developing the ability to analyze research, demonstrate skills for scientific inquiry and communicate complex ideas.

The chemistry aspect of this master’s program focuses on competencies such as identifying and explaining the physical, chemical and atomic properties of matter, examining quantitative relationships in chemical reactions and explaining behaviors of organic and inorganic compounds in chemical reactions.

Course topics include:

  • Medicinal chemistry, with a strong organic chemistry component
  • Physical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Current applications in chemistry

Career Outcomes

Meet the Demand for Graduate-Level Teachers

Graduates of the MS in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education will have the pedagogical and chemistry foundation to lead classrooms as a postsecondary chemistry teacher. Educators who specialize in chemistry may also choose to continue their education and broaden their skill set in the field.

Program Domains

Course List

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34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This focus of the course is the fundamentals of medicinal chemistry. Medicinal chemistry is an organic-chemistry-based discipline that interfaces strongly with the biological and pharmaceutical sciences. The field of medicinal chemistry includes the discovery and preparation of biologically active compounds; the study of their metabolism; the mechanism of action at the molecular level; and the construction of structure-activity relationships. This course includes the process of drug design, the structure and function of macromolecular drug “targets” (receptors, enzymes, nucleic acids), as well as the mechanisms by which drugs interact with their targets. Also, the complexity of human physiology and its effects which on the physical and chemical properties of a drug candidate can influence its absorption, distribution, and metabolism in a human patients will be discussed. Prerequisites: Students should have completed a year of organic chemistry and a course in biochemistry.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide a foundational knowledge on basic principles and applications of physical chemistry. The following topics will be covered: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Additional topics will include applications of physical chemistry principles towards chemical and biological systems including enzymatic reactions; time-dependent chemical and nuclear reactions; electrochemistry; and equilibria related to acids, bases, buffers, and solubility. Prerequisite: Students should have completed a year of general chemistry.

Course Description

This foundational course covers adult learning theory and pedagogical practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, distance learning, and effective pedagogy for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Candidates research learning paradigms, personalized learning, and andragogy and are asked to apply their knowledge through situational case studies.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide a foundational knowledge on basic principles and applications of inorganic chemistry. The following topics will be covered: modern atomic structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, bonding theory, magnetism, periodic trends, and chemical reactivity. Additional topics include fundamentals of organometallic chemistry and transitional element chemistry and their application towards material properties, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: Students should have completed a year of general chemistry.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide basic and advanced theories, techniques, and principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Additional topics may include application of concepts of analytical chemistry to the fields of environmental science, forensic science, and medicine. Students should have a prior understanding of basic quantitative statistics. Prerequisite: CHM-505, CHM-510, CHM-515.

Course Description

This course covers curricular alignment, instructional design, and effective communication and collaboration amongst university stakeholders. Creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Candidates are asked to collaboratively develop activities, assessments, lesson plans, and syllabi that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

This course surveys the broad areas of contemporary chemistry research and illustrates the application of chemistry principles. The topics will be determined by current events, technology, faculty and student interest.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to survey basic biochemical principles, including the composition, structure, and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Important biochemical principles, including structure-function correlation, kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, membrane structure and function, and metabolic energy pathways, will illustrate the key concepts of biology and chemistry.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (18 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.