Science Education at BHSU

Science Education

Combine Science and Personability

Become equipped to meet the tremendous demand for high quality science teachers throughout the region and across the country with a degree in Science Education from Black Hills State University. The U.S. Department of Education lists science teachers as one of the areas in which there is a shortage of qualified teachers. A high percentage of BHSU graduates in Science Education are hired immediately after graduation, since they are well prepared to teach in one field greatly needed throughout the nation. They are also prepared to enter graduate schools in education, research, science, or law.

  • Exemplary science content classes and laboratory experiences in biology, chemistry, physical science, Earth science and astronomy
  • Exemplary education classes to prepare for working with students in grades 7-12
  • Extensive experience in the field working with expert teachers
  • Earn a composite major in science education qualifying you to teach in two of these content areas: biology, chemistry, Earth science and physics
  • Small class sizes and personal attention from professors

The BHSU Experience


PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURE

BHSU focuses on providing an integrated curriculum that prepares future teachers to teach science. This affords students the opportunity to become deeply immersed in the content of biology, chemistry, earth science or physics while learning innovative strategies to help teach the subjects. Teaching methods include classroom observations, laboratory lessons, field experiences, and research.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

The faculty at BHSU will guide you in hands-on research and application methods in state-of-the-art laboratories. BHSU has world-class science faculty with experience in collaborative research studies that result in published works. Take advantage of the small class size and the one-on-one attention from dedicated professors.

ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE

Participate in extensive content and clinical experience that will prepare you for teaching assignments in multiple areas of Science Education. The demand is high for teachers to be certified in science. Why not get certified today? Let your love of reasoning, inquiry, and working with people propel you toward a degree in science education. We deliver on our promise to prepare caring, competent, and confident professionals.

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 - 24 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 325 Physiology & 325L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 331 Microbiology & 331L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 371 Genetics & 371L Lab

Chemistry - 24 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
  • 4 CHEM 464 Biochemistry & 464L Lab

Earth Science - 23 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
  • 9 Take three courses from the following:
    GEOL 310 Volcanology
    GEOL 340 Mineralogy/Petrology
    GEOL 350 Environmental Geology
    GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
    PHYS 211 University Physics & 211L Lab
    SCI 388 Global Positioning & Geographical Info Systems

Physics - 24 semester hours

  • 3 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 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 451 Classical Mechanics

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • EDFN 295 - Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
  • 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 - 26 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer-Based Technology & Learning
  • 1 EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • 1 EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • 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

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

Career Opportunities

This program is intended to prepare you for a career as a Science Teacher. Other employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Banking
» Data Processing
» Law School 
» Market Research 
» Museum Guide
» Software Engineering 
» Statistical Processing 
» Technical Writing

Get Involved

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

National Earth Science Teachers Association

A nonprofit educational organization founded in 1983 created to facilitate and advance excellence in K-12 Earth and Space Science education while serving a diverse population of learners in many different settings.

National Association of Biology Teachers

Since its establishment in 1938, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has been the recognized “leader in life science education.” Thousands of educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe; keep up with trends and developments in the field; and grow professionally.

American Association of Physics Teachers

AAPT was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the “dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching.” Founders, Homer L. Dodge, Paul E. Klopsteg, and William S. Webb, led the effort to organize the first association dedicated to improving physics education. Today that vision is supported by members around the world.

South Dakota Education Association

A professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.