Bachelor of Science in Education Degree - Composite Science Education (Earth Science Track)

This program prepares students to become middle-school and high-school science teachers. This is an especially good choice for students who want to teach in smaller communities where they will be teaching many of the sciences. Be prepared to teach earth science, but also have a strong enough background to teach biology and chemistry as well.

Degree Requirements:

General Education Courses

Major Courses

Secondary Professional Education Courses

Student Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing the Composite Science Education major will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from various scientific disciplines (i.e., biology, chemistry, earth science, physics) to address real world problems and appreciate the interconnectedness of the scientific disciplines. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, VI and VII.) 
  2. Design a valid scientific experiment and analyze the resulting data. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, II and VI.)
  3. Read, interpret and evaluate information presented in media ranging from public news sources to scientific papers. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, and III.)
  4. Accurately communicate scientific ideas in written and oral form. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes III, VI, and VII.)
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of major global scientific issues and appreciate the interconnectedness of the global system. (This learning outcome directly addresses Institutional Learning Outcomes I, V, VI and VII.)

Requirements

Composite Science Education Earth Science Track

Students in the Composite Science Education (Earth Science Track) major are required to take MATH 107 as their Group IIB General Education requirement. If MATH 107 is not taken as the IIB GE requirement, it must be taken to fulfill the requirements of the degree program.

BIOL 150General Biology I

3

BIOL 150LGeneral Biology I Lab

1

BIOL 151General Biology II

3

BIOL 151LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

BIOL 305General Microbiology

4

BIOL 375Environmental Economics, Law and Public Policy

3

CHEM 121General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry Lab I

1

CHEM 122General Chemistry II

4

CHEM 122LGeneral Chemistry Lab II

1

CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 341LOrganic Chemistry Lab I

1

GEOL 105Physical Geology

3

GEOL 105LPhysical Geology Lab

1

GEOL 106The Earth Through Time

3

GEOL 106LThe Earth Through Time Lab

1

GEOL 311Process Geomorphology

4

GEOL 320Hydrogeology

3

GEOL 330Physical Geology of North Dakota

3

MATH 305Probability and Statistics

4

PHYS 110Introductory Astronomy

3

PHYS 110LIntroductory Astronomy Lab

1

 

PHYS 211College Physics I

3

And

PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Lab

1

Or

PHYS 251University Physics I

4

And

PHYS 251LUniversity Physics I Lab

1

 

PHYS 212College Physics II

3

And

PHYS 212LCollege Physics II Lab

1

Or

PHYS 252University Physics II

4

And

PHYS 252LUniversity Physics II Lab

1

 

SCNC 315Weather and Climate

3

SCNC 389Scientific Writings and Readings

2

SCNC 480Lab Practicum

1

SEED 490SSecondary Education Science Methods

3

Total Credit Hours:73-75

In order to graduate, a grade of “C” or better is required in courses taken in fulfillment of a natural sciences degree or minor as well as ENGL 110, ENGL 120 and COMM 110.

Secondary Professional Education Sequence

A grade of “C” or better is required in all professional education courses graded on an “A” through “F” letter basis, and a grade of “S”’ is required in all professional education courses graded on an “S/U” letter basis.

Pre-Professional Courses

EDUC 250Introduction to Education with Field Experience

4

PSYC 353Adolescent Psychology

3

Professional Courses in Secondary Methods Block (must be taken concurrently):

SEED 366Learning and Literacy in the Secondary School

4

 

SEED 398BSecondary Methods Block Field Experience I

1

Or

SEED 398CSecondary Methods Block Field Experience II

1

Professional Courses in Disciplinary Methods Block (must be taken concurrently):

SEED 398CSecondary Methods Block Field Experience II

1

Or

SEED 398BSecondary Methods Block Field Experience I

1

Disciplinary Courses

In addition to the professional courses in the secondary methods block, each discipline requires its own methods course to teach pedagogical techniques particular to that discipline. As a co-requisite of SEED 398B or SEED 398C, each student with a major or minor in a secondary education discipline is required to take the appropriate methods course(s) from this list (and must check with an advisor in that department to determine additional requirements particular to the discipline):

Additional Professional Courses:

EDUC 280Education of Exceptional Learners

3

EDUC 300Teaching For Diversity with Field Experience

2

EDUC 360Managing the Learning Environment

3

EDUC 405Educational Psychology

2

EDUC 406Instructional Design, Technology and Assessment

3

EDUC 280 and EDUC 300 must be taken the same semester.

EDUC 406 must be taken the first semester the student has been admitted into the teacher education program.

Student Teaching Semester:

SEED 498Teaching in the Secondary School

15

Total Credit Hours:41

All professional courses have a prerequisite of admission to Teacher Education.

Professional Course Electives

EDUC 305Philosophy and Curriculum of Middle School

2

EDUC 310Methods of Teaching in Middle School

2

EDUC 350Portfolio Preparation

1

SEED 370Reading in the Content Areas

3

Total Credit Hours:41-49

EDUC 350 is taken the semester prior to student-teaching.

EDUC 305, EDUC 310, SEED 370 are required courses for the Middle School pedagogical endorsement.

Total Credit Hours: 114-124