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Major in Math & Science Education

Math and Science Education

The Math and Science Education major at Black Hills State University equips students to meet the tremendous demand for math and science teachers. The program provides a composite teaching major in science and math. Students prepare to teach math and select a science teaching field from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

A high percentage of BHSU graduates in Math and Science Education are hired immediately after graduation, since they are well prepared to teach in two fields greatly needed throughout the nation. They are also prepared to enter graduate schools in education, research, science, or law.

Why BHSU?

  • Experience small class sizes and hands-on instruction provided by knowledgeable and caring faculty
  • Participate in research opportunities with faculty actively engaged in meaningful research and grant projects
  • Enhance your math experience by becoming a tutor
  • Join student organizations that sponsor special presentations, outreach activities, and trips to regional conferences

Math and Science Education Major Course Requirements

Select math and one science area of study
Mathematics - 24 semester hours

  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability & Statistics
  • 6 take two courses from the following:
    MATH 315 Linear Algebra
    MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
    MATH 425 Real Analysis

Methods - 5 semester hours

  • 2 SEED 413 7-12 Science Methods
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

Biology - 23 semester hours

 

  • 4 BIOL 151 General Biology I & 151L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 153 General Biology II & 153L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 311 Principles of Ecology & 311L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 331 Microbiology & 331L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 371 Genetics & 371L Lab

Chemistry - 20 semester hours

  • 4 CHEM 112 General Chemistry I & 112L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 114 General Chemistry II & 114L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry I & 326L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 328 Organic Chemistry II & 328L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 332 Analytical Chemistry & 332L Lab

Physics - 19 semester hours

  • 3 PHYS 185 Introduction to Astronomy & 185L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 211 University Physics I & 211L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 213 University Physics II & 213L Lab
  • 3 PHYS 331 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • 3 PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics

Earth Science - 20 semester hours

  • 4 GEOL 201 Physical Geology & 201L Lab
  • 4 GEOL 203 Historical Geology & 203L Lab
  • 3 GEOL 321 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 4 GEOL 185 Introduction to Astronomy & 185L Lab
  • 6 Take two courses from the following five courses:
    GEOL 340 Mineralogy/Petrology
    GEOL 350 Environmental Geology
    GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry
    GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
    SCI 388 GPS

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 21 semester hours

  • EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
  • EDFN 295 - Practicum
  • EPSY 302 - Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 428 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • SPED 100 - Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities
     

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer-Based Technology & Learning
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 Plan, Manage, and Assess the Diverse K-8 Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching

How can I take part? Get involved in math and science at BHSU.

Internships and field experiences are an important part of our program and are coordinated by the faculty.  Students spend a minimum of 45 hours in the classrooms during their sophomore year, 100 hours during their junior year, and end their program with a 16 week student teaching experience.  Some students may qualify for Project Select.
 
You can join student organizations like the student chapter of the National Teachers of Science and take advantage of the large math and science teacher’s library held at the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU. 

Career Opportunitites

Math & Science Education majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Math Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Writing
  • Data Processing
  • Statistical Processing

Graduate Programs

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