Elementary Education

Science

Human existence will change radically during the next 100 years. Science, along with mathematics and technology, will be the center of that change—causing it, shaping it, and responding to it. Therefore, it is essential that today's children are prepared for tomorrow's world by becoming scientifically literate. Such instruction must start early and progress gradually through the various grade levels so that by the time students graduate from high school they are ready to accept the social, political, and economic realities and responsibilities of adulthood. Science literacy requires individuals to use scientific, technological, and mathematical knowledge, skills and habits of mind to make sense of the world around them; to ask questions and to find answers; to weigh evidence and to evaluate alternatives; to deal sensibly with problems and to make responsible decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The science concepts and principles which Science concentration students will encounter, as well as the science skills and dispositions they will practice, will provide them with the competence and confidence necessary to teach each of the Kindergarten through sixth grade state mandated science proficiencies found in the Indiana Science Proficiency Guide.

Choose 5 courses from:

ASTR 100      Intro Astonomy: A Study of the Solar System & Beyond  (3)
BIO 112         Principals of Biology 2   (4)
BIO 210         Introduction to Botony  (3)
BIO 216         Ecology  (3)
BIO 440         Evolution  (3)
CHEM 101     General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Health Sciences  (5)
GEOG 230     Elementary Meteorology  (3)
GEOG 350     Geography of the United States and Canada  (3)
GEOL 206      Oceans and Nations  (3)
GEOL 207      Environmental Geology - Geologoical/Geochemical Cycles  (3)
GEOL 201      Earth, Life, and Time  (3)
PHYC 102      Preparation of Physical Science Teaching Materials (3)
SCI 498          Science as Inquiry  (3)   Spring only

For further information, contact your advisor or Melissa Mitchell, Department of Biology.