We’ve developed this program in response to popular demand from students and parents who have called for a pathway to fulfilling jobs in education and science, and to school districts who report an increasing number of full-time job openings in STEM disciplines. Graduation from the Five-Year Master Plan empowers students with options to choose the career they find most fulfilling, whether that means becoming a science teacher, working as a chemist, or pursuing a PhD.

How does it work?

ENROLL in the Five-Year Master Plan and begin taking foundational science courses as a first-year student.

MAINTAIN a 3.0 GPA as you take embedded education courses and pursue your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry.

QUALIFY for early admission to the graduate program during your junior year.

EARN your BA degree in four years, while taking education courses to prepare for your accelerated graduate program.

COMPLETE the MAT program, including all student teaching requirements in just one year

Undergraduate Major Declaration

To participate in the BA/MAT program in Chemistry, interested undergraduates should:

  1. Submit a Declaration of Major/Change of Major form indicating the BA/MAT program in Chemistry (major 50CH) to the office of Records and Registration (Wooster Hall, rm. 115).
  2. Meet with Professor Millham to begin selecting courses. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam in the spring of your sophomore year to fulfill admission requirements for the graduate program.

Early Admission to Graduate Program

During their junior year, students finalize their early admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program: 

  • Log into my.newpaltz.edu and select “Apply Now!” under the “Graduate Studies” section.
  • Select the fall term when you would like to begin your graduate coursework and major code (104C).
    NOTE: this program only admits for the fall term.
  • Select “BA Chemistry/MAT Adolescence Ed: Chemistry Program” as the intended curriculum.

Upload Checklist Items

To expedite a faculty review of an application, students may upload the following items:

  • Admission Essay
  • Student copies of transcripts* from every college/university attended
  • Student copies of GRE scores*

* Full admission REQUIRES the submission of official transcripts and test scores. 

Check Your Application Status

  • Check your application status via my.newpaltz.edu by selecting “View Application” under the “Graduate Studies” section.

BA in Chemistry

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
Education Seminar 1
ENG160 Composition I 3
CHE201 General Chemistry I 3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab 1
MAT251 Calculus I 4
Elementary Foreign Language I 3
 Credits15
Spring
ENG180 Composition II 3
CHE202 General Chemistry II 3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab 1
MAT252 Calculus II 4
SED354 Foundations of Secondary Education Seminar 1
Elementary Foreign Language II 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
PHY201 General Physics 1 3
PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory 1
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
EDS372 Developing Adolescence 3
Arts Course 3
 Credits14
Spring
EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
PHY202 General Physics 2 3
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab 1
CHE319 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Humanities Course 3
 Credits14
Year 3
Fall
CHE314 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE303 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 4
MAT341 Applied Mathematics I 3
Western Civilization Course 3
Upper-division Liberal Arts elective 3
Take GRE exam  
 Credits16
Spring
CHE321 Physical Chemistry I 3
EDS383 Introduction to Literacy for Diverse Learners 3
BIO201
General Biology I
or Physical Geology
3
BIO211
Gen Bio 1 Lab
or Physical Geology Laboratory
1
Other World Course 3
Upper-division Liberal Arts elective 3
Apply for early admission to the MAT  
 Credits16
Year 4
Fall
BIO201
General Biology I
or Physical Geology
3
BIO211
Gen Bio 1 Lab
or Physical Geology Laboratory
1
CHE323 Experimental Physical Chemistry 3
CHE322 Physical Chemistry II 3
Upper-division Liberal Arts or other elective 3
Graduate Education or Chemistry Liberal Arts elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
BCM461 Biochemistry 1 3
SED453 Curriculum and Assessment in the Secondary School 3
SED353 Field Work #1 1
SED356 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment 3
Integrating ELLs in the School & Classroom 3
Graduate Education or Chemistry Liberal Arts elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits122


MAT in Adolescence Education: Chemistry

Summer (3 Credits)
Select ONE of the following if offered: Discipline-specific education course, an approved Diversity elective, or a course in discipline3
Fall (13 Credits)
SED543Science in the Secondary School 3
SED552Field Experience II 1
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Select TWO of the following courses not taken during summer: Discipline-specific education course, approved Diversity elective, or a course in discipline6
Spring (14 Credits)
SED604Practicum in Secondary Ed 7-96
SED605Practicum in Secondary Ed 10-126
SED606Practicum Seminar1
SED553Field Experience III 1
Total Credits30