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Science Education

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[1] Courses in Science Education (SCI)

3320 ADVANCED SCIENCE CONCEPTS I A required course for the middle level mathematics/science degree. This course will facilitate active discovery learning that leads to the construction of new knowledge and the formation of scientific concepts for accurately understanding and explaining the natural world. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1400, 1401, or 1402; and PHYS 1400, CHEM 1400, SCI 3410.

3410 EARTH SCIENCE A required course for the middle level and secondary science education programs, but may be taken as an elective by other students. This course involves study of descriptive geology, historical geology, and earth systems and processes. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1400, 1401, or 1402; and PHYS 1400.

3430 ESSENTIAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS A required course for the middle level language arts/social studies degree. This course will facilitate active discovery learning that leads to the construction of new knowledge and the formation of scientific concepts for accurately understanding and explaining our natural world. Prerequisites: BIOL 1400, 1401, or 1402; and PHYS 1400.

4314 APPLICATIONS OF MIDDLE-LEVEL SCIENCE A study of methods used in teaching integrated mathematics and science in middle schools. The course includes basic models, strategies, and skills for teaching. This course is required for professional Block III of the middle level mathematics and science teacher education program and emphasizes methods that actively engage students in learning. Course goals will be accomplished through the use of demonstrations, discussion, and field experiences. Prerequisite: MATH 3351 and SCI 3320 and admission to Middle Level Teacher Education. Required Corequisite: MSIT 4411.

4400 SECONDARY SCIENCE METHODS AND MATERIALS A required course for the secondary science education program. This course reviews instructional methods, curricula, materials for secondary science classrooms, laboratories, and field trips, and teacher-devised evaluation instruments. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education.

4410 CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE A required course for the early childhood education program. This course focuses on the development of science content knowledge that is emphasized in early childhood curricula. The course will address and facilitate active discovery learning leading to the construction of new knowledge and the formation of scientific concepts for accurately understanding and explaining the natural world. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; BIOL 1400, 1401, or 1402; and PHYS 1400.

4420 ADVANCED SCIENCE CONCEPTS II A required course for the middle level mathematics/science degree. An extension of the active discovery learning in SCI 3320 to additional areas of natural science. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: SCI 3320.

4190 INTERNSHIP I A required course for secondary level preservice teachers. This practicum-style course combines the study of discipline-specific teaching methods and materials with the study of secondary school curriculum. A field experience in a secondary school classroom is a component of the course. Prerequisites: Senior status, admission to Teacher Education.

4680 INTERNSHIP II A required course for secondary level preservice teachers. The primary goal is to provide teaching experience under supervision in a school setting. The secondary goal is to gain experience presenting environmental science content in the classroom. Full-day involvement at the school and in seminars is required. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the BSE program. SCI 4400, SCI 4190. Corequisite: SCI 4681.

4681 INTERNSHIP II A required course for secondary level preservice teachers. The primary goal is to provide teaching experience under supervision in a school setting. The secondary goal is to gain experience presenting physical geography content in the classroom. Full-day involvement at the school and in seminars is required. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the BSE program. SCI 4400, SCI 4190. Corequisite: SCI 4680.