Unlock the mysteries of the universe!  Outstanding teacher/student ratios give you lots of interaction with highly-qualified professors who always make time for their students and provide work opportunities within the department.  Develop critical and creative thinking skills that will enhance success in graduate school as well as in your own medical or dental office, research laboratory, or classroom.  Become a part of the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as their global significance continues to expand.


Students trained as secondary school teachers of Chemistry will receive the preparation needed to inspire a new generation to pursue careers in the physical sciences. Currently, there is a shortage of graduates with this kind of academic preparation. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas has highlighted the need for graduates with this kind of academic preparation. 

Job Outlook
Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by seven percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Overall growth is expected due to declines in student-to-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. It should also be noted that these trends are also influenced by academic major.

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government-related organization. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is a part of the United States Department of Labor, reports that the 2012 median pay for high school teachers was $55,050 per year.

Educational Qualifications
Bachelor degree candidates are generally qualified for entry-level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate and professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree.

To view general educa on requirements for this major please visit the catalog.


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Most of Southwestern’s Mathematics and Physical Science graduates go on to graduate school or employment directly related to their chosen field, which can be unusual.  Students are prepared to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, clinical lab science, industry, or academia.


  • Mathematician
  • Cryptographer
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Educator
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

Average starting salary of a math degree graduate.

Required Courses  
Item #Title Credits 
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
CHEM 201Research Methods in the Physical Sciences1
CHEM 221Modern Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry 24
CHEM 341Physical Chemistry 14
CHEM 431Biochemistry 14
CHEM 462Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 475Research Methods in Chemistry4
PHYS 112Introductory Astronomy4
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
PHYS 221General Physics with Calculus 11
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus 21
 CHEM Minor Electives Upper Division10
 Sub-Total Credits56




Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Duarte, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Associate Professor

Ryan Loga, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Assistant Professor

Nicholas Madhiri, PhD

Professor and Department Chair

Gerald Springer, PhD