Science Education

Science Major

Teaching Middle/Junior High

The Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching major requires a minimum of 123 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements, and the following specified major requirements to complete the minimum of 123 hours.

This major is intended for students who wish to teach science at the junior high or middle school level. As a stand-alone major, it fulfills 5-12 General Science and Physical Science endorsements.

Required

  Educational Psychology: EDPSYCH 4151/5151 and EDPSYCH 4152/5152 6 hours
  Elementary, Early Childhood, and Middle Level Education: ELEMECMl 4152 2 hours
  Science and Science Education: SCI ED 3200SCI ED 3300; one of the following two method courses: SCI ED 4700 or  BIOL 4193 8 hours
  Biology: BIOL 2051BIOL 2052 8 hours
 

Chemistry: CHEM 1110CHEM 1120

8 hours

  Earth Science: EARTHSCI 1100**; EARTHSCI 1200EARTHSCI 1210EARTHSCI 1300 12 hours
  Physics: PHYSICS 1511PHYSICS 1512 8 hours

Electives in Science

  From biology, chemistry and biochemistry, physics and earth science which must include 6 hours at the 100-level or above 6 hours
  Total 58 hours

For completion of this major, the grade point average in each of the four science disciplines must be a minimum of 2.00, with a 2.50 GPA in the major as a whole.

* Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute CHEM 1130 plus 3 hours of additional credit hours in chemistry electives for CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120.

** EARTHSCI 1100 must be taken for four semester hours of credit.

Notes

  1. Students with sufficient high school preparation may be allowed to omit some introductory courses and substitute other courses from the same department.
  2. The mathematics prerequisite for one or more of the above courses is a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry or MATH 1140.

All Science Teaching

The All Science Teaching major requires a minimum of 137 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 137 hours. Because of the number of courses required for this major and course sequencing, it cannot be completed in eight semesters of normal work. It will require a longer time or additional work during summers. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

This major is intended for students who wish to teach at the secondary level in all areas of science. The program will lead to Iowa Department of Education endorsement in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical sciences and general science.

Required

  Science and Science Education: SCI ED 3300SCI ED 4700SCI ED 3200 8 hours
  Biology: BIOL 2051BIOL 2052BIOL 3100BIOL 3140BIOL 4193 18 hours
  Chemistry: CHEM 1110CHEM 1120* 8 hours
  Earth Science: EARTHSCI 1300EARTHSCI 1320 8 hours
 

Physics: PHYSICS 1511PHYSICS 1512

8 hours

Electives from the following

  Chemistry: any 100-level 7 hours
  Earth Science: EARTHSCI 1100** ; EARTHSCI 1200EARTHSCI 1210 8 hours
  Physics: any 100-level 7 hours
  Total 72 hours

For completion of this major the grade point average in each of the four science disciplines must be a minimum of 2.00, with a 2.50 GPA in the major as a whole.

Elective courses must be ones that count toward the major in the discipline or be approved for this use by the department offering the course.

* Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute CHEM 1130 plus 3 hours of additional credit hours in chemistry electives for CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120

** EARTHSCI 1100 must be taken for four semester hours of credit. 

Notes

  1. Students with sufficient high school preparation may be allowed to omit some introductory courses and substitute other courses from the same department.
  2. The mathematics prerequisite for one or more of the above courses is a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry or MATH 1140.