Jun 15-Jul 31, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Candace Goodman

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Course Description

This course provides an in depth discussion of critical concepts in chemistry. Chemical principles will be presented in the context of real-world issues including energy production (biofuels), chemistry of water, and polymers. Additional emphasis will be placed on the role of experimental sciences in teaching reading, writing, and logical thinking across multiple student backgrounds. Appropriate student laboratory designs will be addressed.

This course is intended as a “gateway” for future online courses in chemistry for middle and high school teachers.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 16 - 20 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline, working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Candace Goodman, PhD. Chemistry Department, Montana State University


Introductory general chemistry course or appropriate experience with chemistry principles; graduate standing.

Target Audience

The course is designed primarily for practicing science teachers, with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in chemistry.

Time Commitment:

16-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Required Books/Materials

  • Chemistry in Context, American Chemical Society, MCG Publisher, (McMurray & Horton)
    ISBN: 9780073522975

You can order the texts through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • course number (CHMY 591)
  • title of the text
  • ISBN number
  • the course is offered through Extended University, Burns Technology Center
These books may also be available from other sources.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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