BS in Science Education

Undergraduate Science Education majors complete a course of study that includes the equivalent of at least a minor in the content field through courses taken in the College of Arts & Sciences. These courses are coupled with education courses and practical school experiences. Students may choose to specialize in biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, or physics.

Required Curriculum

Total credits for the degree vary by area of specialization, as follows:

  • Biology: 128 total credits
  • Chemistry: 130 total credits
  • Earth Science: 122 total credits
  • General Science: 128 total credits
  • Physics: 130 total credits

All candidates for the BS in Science Education take the following professional coursework regardless of their area of focus.

Professional Studies (34 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SC 511 Science Methods I (4 cr)
  • SED SC 572 Science Methods II (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SC 509/510 Practicum, 5–8 or 8–12 depending on area of specialization (8 cr)

Distribution and Subject Matter Requirements by Specialization

Biology

Distribution Requirements (38 cr)
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Three courses in humanities at CAS (12 cr)
  • Three courses in social sciences from CAS (12 cr)
  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I or CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences or CAS MA 115 Elementary Statistics (4 cr)
  • Electives (2 cr)
Subject Matter Requirements (56 cr)
  • CAS BI 107 Biology I (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 108 Biology II (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 211/315 Human Physiology (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 206 Genetics (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 303 Ecology (4 cr)
  • Four courses in biology from CAS (16 cr)
  • CAS CH 101, 109, 111, or 171 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 102, 110, 112, or 172 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 105, 211, or 251 Elementary Physics I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 106, 212, or 252 Elementary Physics II (4 cr)

Chemistry

Distribution Requirements (44 cr)
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Three courses in humanities at CAS (12 cr)
  • Three courses in social sciences from CAS (12 cr)
  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124, 127, 129 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 225 Calculus Multivariate Calculus (4 cr)
Subject Matter Requirements (48 cr)
  • CAS CH 101, 109, or 111 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 102, 110, or 112 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 201 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (2 cr)
  • CAS CH 203, 211 Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 204, 212, or 214 Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 220 Qualitative Analysis Organic Chemistry (2 cr)
  • CAS CH 232 Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 351 Physical Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 352 Physical Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • Two chemistry courses above CH 300 (8 cr)
  • CAS PY 105, 211, 251 General Physics I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 106, 212, 252 General Physics II (4 cr)
Professional Studies

Students who choose the Chemistry focus take SED SC 510 Practicum 8–12 (8 cr) as the practicum component of their Professional Studies requirements.

Earth Science

Distribution Requirements (36 cr)
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Three courses in humanities at CAS (12 cr)
  • Three courses in social sciences from CAS (12 cr)
  • CAS MA 115, 121, or 123 (Exempt with 580 or above on the SAT or 23 or above on the ACT) (4 cr)
Subject Matter Requirements (52 cr)
  • CAS AS 202 Principles of Astronomy I (4 cr)
  • CAS AS 203 Principles of Astronomy II (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 101 or 105 Environmental Earth Processes (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 144 Oceanography (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 202 History of the Earth (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 Introduction to the Atmosphere (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 101, 109, 111, or 171 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 102, 110, 112, or 172 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 105, 211, or 251 Elementary Physics I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 106, 212, or 252 Elementary Physics II (4 cr)
  • Three science electives at CAS, one of which must be in biology (CAS BI) (12 cr)
Professional Studies

Students who choose the Earth Science focus take SED SC 509/510 Practicum 5–8 or 8–12 (8 cr) as the practicum component of their Professional Studies requirements.

General Science

Distribution Requirements (54 cr)
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar 1
  • Three courses in humanities at CAS (12 cr)
  • Three courses in social sciences from CAS (12 cr)
  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I or CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences or CAS MA 115 Elementary Statistics (4 cr)
  • Electives (18 cr)
Subject Matter Requirements (40 cr)
  • CAS AS 101 or 202 The Solar System (4 cr)
  • CAS AS 102  or 203 Astronomical Universe (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 107 Biology I (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 108 Biology II (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 101/105 Environmental Earth Processes (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 202 History of the Earth (4 cr)
  • CAS BI 117 Global Ecology (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 101, 109, 111, or 171 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 102, 110, 112, or 172 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 132 Physics of Motion (4 cr)
Professional Studies

Students who choose the General Science focus take SED SC 509 Practicum 5–8 (8 cr) as the practicum component of their Professional Studies requirements.

Physics

Distribution Requirements (48 cr)
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar 1 (4 cr)
  • Three courses in humanities at CAS (12 cr)
  • Three courses in social sciences from CAS (12 cr)
  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124, 127, or 129 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 225 Calculus Multivariate Calculus (4 cr)
  • Electives (4 cr)
Subject Matter Requirements (48 cr)
  • CAS PY 211 General Physics I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 212 General Physics II (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 354 Modern Physics (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 581 Advanced Laboratory (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 101, 109, 111, or 171 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 102, 110, 112, or 172 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CAS CH 201 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)
  • CAS ES 101 or 105 Environmental Earth Processes (4 cr)
  • Four CAS chemistry (CH) or physics (PH) courses at the 300 level (16 cr)

Professional Studies

Students who choose the Physics focus take SED SC 510 Practicum 8–12 (8 cr) as the practicum component of their Professional Studies requirements.