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Science Education

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Science Education is an interdepartment and intercollegiate entity within the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. There is no science education department as such. Some science teaching majors are offered under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. The responsibility for programs and courses in science education is delegated to the science education faculty under its chairperson. Members of the science education faculty hold their primary appointments in the various science departments in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Teaching in the College of Education.

The following undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in science education. Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Science Education section in the following order: 

Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)

  • All Science Teaching
  • Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching

Minor

  • Basic Science (K-8)-Teaching

Graduate Major (M.A.)

  • Science Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

All Science Teaching (Extended Program)

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 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.

This major is intended for students who wish to teach at the secondary level in all areas of science (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, earth science, and physics). The program will lead to Iowa Department of Education endorsement in Basic Science (5-12), All Science (5-12), Biology (5-12), Chemistry (5-12), Earth Science (5-12), and Physics (5-12).

Required
Science Education:
SCI ED 3200 (820:196)Current Technologies in Science Teaching2
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)Orientation to Science Teaching3
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)Methods for Teaching Physical Science3
Biology:
BIOL 2051 (840:051)General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 2052 (840:052)General Biology: Cell Structure and Function4
BIOL 3100 (840:100)Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science3
BIOL 3140 (840:140)Genetics4
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g)Methods for Teaching Life Science3
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1120 (860:048)General Chemistry II *4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035)Earth History4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)General Physics II **4
Electives from the following:
Chemistry and Biochemistry: 7
Applied Organic and Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I
plus one 2000-level course ^
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy ***4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
Physics:
any 2000-level course7
Total Hours72
*

Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute CHEM 1130 (860:070) plus 3 hours of additional credit hours in chemistry electives for CHEM 1110 (860:044) and CHEM 1120 (860:048).

**

Students with excellent preparation in physics and calculus may substitute PHYSICS 1701 (880:130) and PHYSICS 1702 (880:131) for PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) and PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)

***

EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) must be taken for four semester hours of credit.

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.

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 (800:046).

Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching

The Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching major requires a minimum of 133-136 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 133-136 hours.

Students who complete this major must also complete the Middle Level Education Dual Major – Teaching (see Department of Curriculum and Instruction).  This major is for students who wish to teach at the middle school level.  Students will complete subject area concentrations in science and up to three other subject area concentrations including Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Social Studies.  This major fulfills the following endorsements:  Basic Science (5-12), Middle School Science (5-8) and one other Middle School subject (5-8) including Language Arts, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Required
Science Education:
SCI ED 3200 (820:196)Current Technologies in Science Teaching2
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g)Orientation to Science Teaching3
and one of the following methods courses:
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g)Methods for Teaching Physical Science3
or BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science
Biology:
BIOL 2051 (840:051)General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 2052 (840:052)General Biology: Cell Structure and Function4
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
CHEM 1110 (860:044)General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1120 (860:048)General Chemistry II *4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021)Elements of Weather3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022)Elements of Weather Laboratory1
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
Physics:
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054)General Physics I4
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056)General Physics II4
Total Hours40
*

Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute CHEM 1130 (860:070) plus 3 hours of additional credit hours in chemistry electives for CHEM 1110 (860:044) and CHEM 1120 (860:048).

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.

Notes:

The mathematics prerequisite for one or more of the above courses is a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry or MATH 1130 (800:044) or MATH 1140 (800:046) .

Minor

Basic Science Minor (K-8)-Teaching

For those pursuing K-6 general classroom teacher licensure with an endorsement in Basic Science (K-8).

Required
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 1100 (820:033)Inquiry into Earth and Space Science4
SCI ED 1200 (820:032)Inquiry into Life Science4
SCI ED 1300 (820:031)Inquiry into Physical Science4
SCI ED 3100/5100 (820:130g)Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom2
SCI ED 2300 (820:181)Investigations in Physical Science4
Biology:
BIOL 3181 (840:181)Investigations in Life Science4
Earth Science:
EARTHSCI 3500 (870:181)Investigations in Earth and Space Sciences4
Electives
Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Physics:4
Select one from the following:
Principles of Chemistry
Conceptual Physics
Total Hours30

Master of Arts Degree Program

Major in Science Education

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact Science Education Chair. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major requires as a prerequisite a bachelor's degree (teaching degree preferred) with a major or minor/emphasis in Science or in a specific science discipline. Teacher licensure is a prerequisite for completing the program approval process for this major.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours, including 6 hours of  SCI ED 6299 (820:299) for thesis research and writing, is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 32 semester hours, including completion and in some cases public presentation of a creative component, is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 17 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 14 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Required
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
or SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education
Science and Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
Science content courses8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
Science content courses11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

Earth Science Education Emphasis

The Earth Science Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in Earth Science and a total of 36 hours in Earth Science in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
or SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) Research
Earth Science content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or EARTHSCI 6299 (870:299) Research
Science content with at least 8 hours of Earth Science11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

Physics Education Emphasis

The Physics Education emphasis differs from the Science Education major in that it provides the option of taking either SCI ED 6299 (820:299) or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) and also requires 8 hours of graduate credit in physics and a total of 36 hours in physics in combined graduate and undergraduate programs.

Required
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
or SCI ED 6500 Research Methods in Science Education
Science Education:
SCI ED 6600 (820:294)Developing Science Curricula2
SCI ED 6700 (820:200)The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science2
SCI ED 6800 (820:213)Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education2
SCI ED 6900 (820:290)Trends and Issues in Science Education2
Thesis or non-thesis option19 or 21
Total hours thesis option30
Total hours non-thesis option32

Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research6
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) Research
Physics content8
Electives from education or science education5
Total Hours19

Non-Thesis Option

Research:
SCI ED 6299 (820:299)Research3
or PHYSICS 6299 (880:299) Research
Science content with at least 8 hours of Physics11
Electives from education or science education7
Total Hours21

Inquiries for additional information concerning this major, including assignment of an advisor and advisory committee, should be made to the Science Education Graduate Program Coordinator.

 

All Science Teaching, B.A.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
Liberal Arts Core 3
BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity 4
CHEM 1110 (860:044) General Chemistry I 4
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005) College Writing and Research 3
 Hours14
Spring
Quantitative Techniques And Understanding 3-4
BIOL 2052 (840:052) General Biology: Cell Structure and Function 4
CHEM 1120 (860:048) General Chemistry II 4
COMM 1000 (48C:001) Oral Communication 3
 Hours14-15
Sophomore
Fall
Liberal Arts Core 6
TEACHING 2017 Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching 1
EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) Dynamics of Human Development 3
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) General Physics I 4
 Hours14
Spring
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) Introduction to Geology 4
TEACHING 3128 Level 2 Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent 1
EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148) Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 3
MEASRES 3150 (250:150) Classroom Assessment 2
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056) General Physics II 4
 Hours14
Junior
Fall
Liberal Arts Core 6
BIOL 3140 (840:140) Genetics 4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021) Elements of Weather 3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022) Elements of Weather Laboratory 1
 Hours14
Spring
Liberal Arts Core 6
EARTHSCI 1320 (870:035) Earth History 4
BIOL 3100 (840:100) Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science 3
SPED 3150 (220:150) Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms 2
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
Liberal Arts Core 3
CHEM 2040 Applied Organic and Biochemistry 4
SCI ED 3200 (820:196) Current Technologies in Science Teaching 2
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g) Orientation to Science Teaching 3
TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g) Human Relations: Awareness and Application 3
 Hours15
Spring
Liberal Arts core 3
Physics Elective 3000-level or above 4
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) Astronomy 4
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science 3
 Hours14
Fifth Year
Fall
SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119) Schools and American Society 3
SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g) Methods for Teaching Physical Science 3
Chemistry Elective 2000 or above 3
Physics Elective 2000 or above 3
LAC Capstone Experience 2
 Hours14
Spring
TEACHING 3138 (280:138) Secondary School Teaching 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours140-141

 

 

Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching, B.A.

The Middle/Junior High School Science Teaching major requires a minimum of 133-136 total hours to graduate.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHour
BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity 4
CHEM 1110 (860:044) General Chemistry I 4
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005) College Writing and Research 3
Quanititative Techniques and Understanding 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
BIOL 2052 (840:052) General Biology: Cell Structure and Function 4
CHEM 1120 (860:048) General Chemistry II 4
COMM 1000 (48C:001) Oral Communication 3
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours17
Sophomore
Fall
PHYSICS 1511 (880:054) General Physics I 4
EARTHSCI 1200 (870:021) Elements of Weather 3
EARTHSCI 1210 (870:022) Elements of Weather Laboratory 1
TEACHING 2017 Level 1 Field Experience: Exploring Teaching 1
EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030) Dynamics of Human Development 3
Humanities 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHYSICS 1512 (880:056) General Physics II 4
TEACHING 3128 Level 2 Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent 1
EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148) Learning and Motivation in Classroom Contexts 3
MEASRES 3150 (250:150) Classroom Assessment 2
Humanities 3
Liberal Arts Core 3
 Hours16
Junior
Fall
SCI ED 3200 (820:196) Current Technologies in Science Teaching 2
SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g) Orientation to Science Teaching 3
LITED 4117/5117 (230:117g) Methods of Teaching Content Literacy at the Middle and Secondary Levels 3
LITED 4155/5155 (230:155g) English Language Structures and Usage for K-8 Educators 1
EDPSYCH 4152/5152 (200:152g) Development of the Middle School Aged Child 3
Capstone Experience 2
 Hours14
Spring
BIOL 4193/5193 (840:193g) Methods for Teaching Life Science 3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031) Introduction to Geology 4
ELEMECML 4152/5152 (210:150g) Middle Level Curriculum 2
SPED 3150 (220:150) Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Classrooms 2
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours17
Senior
Fall
EDPSYCH 4151/5151 (200:151g) Approaches to Classroom Management for Secondary Students 3
TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g) Human Relations: Awareness and Application 3
SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119) Schools and American Society 3
Liberal Arts Core 6
 Hours15
Spring
TEACHING 3138 (280:138) Secondary School Teaching 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours120-121

This major requires students to complete the requirements for an endorsement in a second Middle School Subject (5-8) that may include: 1821-Middle School Language Arts, 1822-Middle School Mathematics, or 1824-Middle School Social Studies (5-8). Required courses for these endorsements include the following with many of the required courses counting toward Liberal Arts Core requiremements*:

1821-Middle School Langauge Arts (5-8)
ENGLISH 1005 (620:005)College Writing and Research *3
COMM 1000 (48C:001)Oral Communication *3
ENGLISH 2520 (620:040)Multicultural Literature3
ENGLISH 4940/5940 (620:165g)Literature for Young Adults3
Additional hours needed6
1822-Middle School Mathematics (5-8)
MATH 1140 (800:046)Precalculus4
an additional 8 hours that may include:8
Calculus I *
Calculus II
Introduction to Statistical Methods *
Additional hours needed8
1824-Middle School Social Studies (5-8)
HUM 1021 (680:021)Humanities I: The Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds *3
GEOG 1120 (970:010)Human Geography3
HISUS 1023History of the United States *3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
Additional Hours Needed3

Courses

SCI ED 1100 (820:033). Inquiry into Earth and Space Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in meteorology, astronomy, and geology using active investigation. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1200 (820:032). Inquiry into Life Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in life science that includes ecology, evolution, cell biology, and human body systems. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1300 (820:031). Inquiry into Physical Science — 4 hrs.

Inquiry-oriented introduction to fundamental concepts and processes in physics and chemistry that includes energy, force and motion, and the nature of matter. Integrated lecture/lab for 5 periods. For Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors only. Prerequisite(s): student must have satisfied university entrance requirements in English and Mathematics. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 1600 (820:095). Exploring Science Teaching — 1 hr.

Exploration of science teaching with well-qualified teacher speakers, classroom discussions about innovative teaching, student learning, and teaching as a profession. Brief field experience included. Discussion, 1 period. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 2300 (820:181). Investigations in Physical Science — 4 hrs.

Introduction to significant physical science concepts and models of effective teaching related to elementary school physical science. Continuation of concepts and processes in physics and chemistry that include electricity, magnetism, light, sound, solutions, acids and bases, changes in matter, and chemical bonding. Prerequisite(s): SCI ED 1300 (820:031). (Even Springs)

SCI ED 3100/5100 (820:130g). Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom — 2 hrs.

Focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering principles, and mathematics using both modeling and an inquiry approach. Engineering and scientific practices drive both the instructional planning, and inquiry-oriented curricula and assessment. The practice of engineering, along with the difference between science and engineering is addressed. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; two courses from SCI ED 1200 (820:032), SCI ED 1300 (820:031), and SCI ED 1100 (820:033) OR approval of the instructor. (Even Falls)

SCI ED 3200 (820:196). Current Technologies in Science Teaching — 2 hrs.

Experiences with instructional technologies used in science teaching including data collection applications and supporting materials, web-based resources and software applications. Creation of an electronic portfolio. Field experiences in secondary school science classrooms. Discussion/lab, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 2017; EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); major or minor in a science teaching program or consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g). Orientation to Science Teaching — 3 hrs.

Introduction to inquiry science teaching including instructional planning and strategies, assessment, and classroom management. Highlights issues and trends in science teaching. Discussion, 3 periods. Field experiences in secondary school science classroom. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 2017; EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); a major or minor in a science area; junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SCI ED 3200 (820:196). (Fall and Spring)

SCI ED 3500/5500 (820:113g). Techniques for Science Teachers — 1-3 hrs.

Topics selected to assist science teachers in improving their teaching. These may include teaching or assessment strategies, laboratory techniques, specific science concepts, or examples of new curricula. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. Application to major requires advisor approval. May be repeated up to 7 hours. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor. (Variable)

SCI ED 4198 (820:198). Independent Study.

(Variable)

SCI ED 4700/5700 (820:193g). Methods for Teaching Physical Science — 3 hrs.

Teaching approaches, instructional and assessment strategies, curricular and laboratory materials, and issues in grades 5-12 physical science, physics, chemistry, and earth science. Field experiences in secondary school science classrooms. Discussion, 3 periods. Prerequisite(s): TEACHING 3128; EDPSYCH 3148 (200:148); MEASRES 3150 (250:150); SCI ED 3300/5300 (820:190g); SCI ED 3200 (820:196); junior standing. (Fall)

SCI ED 6299 (820:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SCI ED 6400 (820:270). Special Problems in Science Education — 1-3 hrs.

Problems selected according to needs of students. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credit hours. (Variable)

SCI ED 6500. Research Methods in Science Education — 3 hrs.

Introduction to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research used in science education. Emphasis on and critical analysis of primary literature. Application of literature review, research design, data analysis and writing styles to graduate projects. (Even Springs)

SCI ED 6600 (820:294). Developing Science Curricula — 2 hrs.

Analysis and design of science curricula with attention to K-12 national and state initiatives and standards. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Even Falls)

SCI ED 6700 (820:200). The History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science — 2 hrs.

Examination of the nature of science, major philosophical and historical developments of science, and their implications to the science classroom. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Odd Summers)

SCI ED 6800 (820:213). Teaching-Learning Models in Science Education — 2 hrs.

Study of learning theories from behaviorism to constructivism and how these theories are translated into science teaching practice through various teaching models. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Odd Falls)

SCI ED 6900 (820:290). Trends and Issues in Science Education — 2 hrs.

Major trends and issues in science education, focusing primarily from the 1950s to the present. Seminar format, 2 hours/week. (Even Summers)