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Science Education

The Science Education major at BHSU provides students the opportunity to become deeply immersed in the content of two scientific disciplines while learning innovative strategies to help secondary students learn these subjects. Students choose two areas of study from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

This composite major helps meet the growing demand for science teachers throughout the country. Rural schools particularly need to hire teachers who are prepared to teach in more than one science content area.

What are the benefits of getting your Science Education degree from BHSU?

  • Learn from BHSU world-class science faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Participate in extensive content and teaching experiences that will prepare you to be successful
  • Take advantage of the small class sizes and one-to-one attention from dedicated professors

Science Education Major Course Requirements

Required Core - 7 semester hours

  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 3 SEED 413 7-12 Science Methods

Take two areas of science study from the following:
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
  • 3 BIOL Elective

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 Coservation of Natural Resources
  • 3 PHYS 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 Global Positioning & Geographical Info Systems

Minor in Earth Science - 20 hours

  • 4 GEOL 201 Physical Geology & 201L Lab
  • 4 GEOL 203 Historical Geology & 203L lab
  • 3 GEOL 321 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 3 PHYS 185 Introduction of Astronomy & 185L Lab

6 Take two courses from the following:

  • GEOL 310 Volcanology
  • GEOL 340 Minerology/Petrology
  • GEOL 350 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
  • SCI 388 Global Positioning & GIS

Minor in Earth Science - Teaching - 22 hours

  • 4 GEOL 201 Physical Geology & 201L Lab
  • 4 GEOL 203 Historical Geology & 203L lab
  • 3 GEOL 321 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 3 PHYS 185 Introduction of Astronomy & 185L Lab
  • 2 SEED 413 7-12 Science Methods

6 Take two courses from the following:

  • GEOL 340 Minerology/Petrology
  • GEOL 350 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
  • EDFN 295 - Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • EPSY 428 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • EPSY 302 - Educational Psychology
  • INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • SPED 405 - Educating Secondary Students with Disabilities
  • or
  • SPED 300 - Students 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

The Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) promotes effective and meaningful teaching and learning science and mathematics at all levels. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Preparation
  • Support of teachers already in the field through professional development in math content, science content, and innovative teaching strategies.
  • Dissemination and evaluation of instructional materials.
  • Research on the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.¬†

The Distinguished Scholars program offers students the opportunity to explore math and science concepts in a new light, experience innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and to explore career paths related to education. Stipends and scholarships are available to participants.

For additional information about the Distinguished Scholars program, contact Julie Dahl or Vicki Kapust

Career Opportunities

Science Education majors - prepare for an exciting career today:

  • Science Teacher
  • Research Institute

Graduate Programs

Curriculum and Instruction

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Secondary Education