Integrated Science

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Undergraduate Programs

Integrated Science Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Elementary Ed.

Provisional Elementary Certification

Total: 37-39 semester hours

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach elementary or middle school. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

All courses must be taken for a grade, not for credit/no credit even if offered as an option. Grades in courses transferred to CMU will count in the calculation of the major GPA. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

Safety Seminar: In addition to the required courses, you must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. There is no enrollment charge to you for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to view the safety seminars schedule.

This major is administered by the Interdisciplinary Science Education Council. You are cautioned that you must have 36 semester hours on their Integrated Science major that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (19 hours)

  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • BIO 151: Human Biology 3(3-0)
  • BIO 229: Nature Study 3(2-3)
  • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
  • PHS 151: Introductory Physical Science I 3(2-2)
  • PHS 251: Introductory Physical Science II 3(2-2)

Plus an additional 3 credit BIO course at the 200-level or higher selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BIO 101: General Biology 3(2-2)
  • BIO 105: Introductory Quantitative Biology 3(2-2)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 100: Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
  • GEL 130: Earth Processes 3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 230: Prehistoric Life 3(3-0)

Required Courses V (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • CHM 111: The Interaction of Chemistry and Society 3(3-0)
  • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)

Note: CHM 111 is recommended.

Required Courses VI (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography 3(2-2)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)

Required Courses VII (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BIO 351: Biological Science for Elementary Teachers 3(Spec)
  • ESC 400: Earth Science Education 3(2-2)
  • PHS 351: Physical Science for the Elementary Grades 3(2-2)
  • PHS 452: Physical Science for the Middle Grades 3(2-2)

Additional Information

For more information on the Integrated Science major, please contact the program's advisor:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

 

Integrated Science Minor (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Elementary Ed.

Provisional Elementary Certification or Provisional Elementary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 29-31 semester hours

This minor offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach elementary school. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

All courses must be taken for a grade, not for credit/no credit even if offered as an option. Grades in courses transferred to CMU will count in the calculation of the major GPA. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

Safety Seminar: In addition to the required courses, you must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. There is no enrollment charge to you for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to view the safety seminars schedule.

This minor is administered by the Interdisciplinary Science Education Council. You are cautioned that you must have 24 semester hours on your Integrated Science minor that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BIO 101: General Biology 3(2-2)
  • BIO 105: Introductory Quantitative Biology 3(2-2)

Required Courses II (11 hours)

  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • BIO 151: Human Biology 3(3-0)
  • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
  • PHS 101: Survey of Physical Science 3(3-0)
  • PHY 127: Table Top Physics 1(0-2)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 100: Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
  • GEL 130: Earth Processes 3(2-2)

Note: GEL 130 is recommended.

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 230: Prehistoric Life 3(3-0)

Required Courses V (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • CHM 111: The Interaction of Chemistry and Society 3(3-0)
  • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)

Note: CHM 111 is recommended.

Required Courses VI (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography 3(2-2)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)

Electives (3 hours)

An additional 3 credit BIO course at the 200-level or higher selected in consultation with an advisor, excluding BIO 351.

Additional Information

For more information on the Integrated Science minor, please contact the program's advisor:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

 

Integrated Science Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification

Total: 39-54 semester hours

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach secondary school science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

The major may be reduced to 39 semester hours when combined with a minor in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. If your minor is any of these, do not count the following courses listed under Program Requirements:

  • If your minor is Biology, do not count the 16 hours of Life Science courses
  • If your minor is Earth Science, do not count the 17 hours of Earth and Space Science courses
  • If your minor is Chemistry, do not count the 8 hours of Chemistry courses
  • If your minor is Physics, do not count the 10 hours of Physics courses

Additional credits at the 300-level or higher may need to be added if the remaining number of credits is below 39. Your advisor will help you choose the appropriate courses.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

All courses must be taken for a grade, not for credit/no credit even if offered as an option. Grades in courses transferred to CMU will count in the calculation of the major GPA. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

Safety Seminar: In addition to the required courses, you must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. There is no enrollment charge to you for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to view the safety seminars schedule.

This major is administered by the Interdisciplinary Science Education Council. You are cautioned that you must have 36 semester hours on their Integrated Science major that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (16 hours)

Life Science

  • BIO 110: Concepts of Biology 4(3-3)
  • BIO 203: General Botany 3(2-3)
  • BIO 208: Microscopy 3(2-3)
  • BIO 218: General Zoology 3(2-3)

Plus any 300-level or higher biology course selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Courses II (11 hours)

Earth and Space Science

  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • AST 112: Introduction to Astronomical Observations 1(0-2)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)

Plus any 300-level or higher geology, astronomy, or weather courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Earth and Space Science

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 100: Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
  • GEL 130: Earth Processes 3(2-2)

Note: GEL 130 is recommended.

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Earth and Space Science

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 230: Prehistoric Life 3(3-0)

Required Courses V (18 hours)

Physical Science

Select one of the following:

  • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
  • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
  • PHY 130: College Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 131: College Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 170: College Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 171: College Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)

Required Courses VI (3 hours)

Teaching Science

  • SCI 400: Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School 3(2-2)

Additional Information

For more information on the Integrated Science major, please contact the program's advisor:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

 

Graduate Program

Teaching Integrated Science (M.A.T. degree)

Total: 30-36 semester hours

The Master of Arts in Teaching Integrated Science is designed for K-12 teachers with a major in Integrated Science (DI endorsement) or Science (DX endorsement) who want to balance and strengthen their science content knowledge and skills in the broad arena of science. Secondary teachers with an endorsement in a particular science area (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics) may find this degree useful for the eventual addition of a new endorsement. However, these teachers should also consider a masters program (MS, MA, or MAT) in their area of specialty (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, etc.). Completion of the MAT in the Intergrated Science program by itself does not involve any new endorsement. You will apply new content knowledge to your classrooms through the design of instructional materials and experiments that emphasize student learning through inquiry. You will also gain pedagogical skills required to teach inquiry-based science.

You may choose to pursue either a thesis option (Plan A) and complete a 30 semester hour degree or a non-thesis option (Plan B) and complete a 36 semester hour degree. Fifteen credits must be earned at the 600-level or above. The thesis or research project is completed under the direction of the major advisor and your advisory committee. If you are interested in the thesis option, you should identify a faculty member who has appropriate scientific and academic qualifications and is willing to commit appropriate time to thesis supervision, and define a project of mutual interest. A thesis proposal must be prepared in collaboration with the faculty advisor and teh committee before the research project is to begin. Approval from other committees and oversight bodies (e.g., IRB, Safety Officer) may be required before the thesis research can begin.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

To be eligible for Regular Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Integrated Science, you should have:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree with a major in integrated science, science, biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science or physics (or the equivalent) with a 2.7 or better GPA in your major and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Taken at least 30 semester hours of undergraduate science.
  • Current teacher certification with a science endorsement.
  • Completed at least one year of teaching at the level of your certification in a permanent (not substitute) teaching position.

You are required to submit a statement of interests, transcripts, evidence of teacher certification, and three letters of recommendation. An applicant who does not meet the foregoing requirements may be granted Conditional Admission with the understanding that additional coursework may be required. If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL exam. Applicants for graduate teaching assistantships (Biology department only) are required to submit GRE General scores (contact the Department of Biology for application materials and deadline dates).

All degree requirements must be completed in 7 years or less. Since most courses will need to be taken in the summer, full-time teachers may take up to 5 years to complete the degree.

Examination

You must pass a comprehensive oral and/or written examination over the coursework and administered by the advisory committee.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 10 semester credits are accepted for transfer, with the approval of the advisory committee.

Plans

Select one of the following plans:

Plan A (30 hours)

Thirty semester hours of graduate work including 6 credit hours of thesis and at least one credit hour in seminar. Since the thesis is an extensive research project, if you are planning further graduate study in science education you may choose this option as a prelude to doctoral work.

Required Science Education Courses (9 hours)

  • EDU 615: Survey of Science Education 3(3-0)
  • EDU 618: The Nature of Science in Science Teaching 3(3-0)
  • EDU 645: Advanced Science Teaching Methods 3(3-0)

Elective Science Content Courses (12-14 hours)

The electives must be 500- or 600-level science courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental education, geology, physical science or physics, chosen with the approval of your advisor. These courses should strengthen your teaching expertise or apply toward a new area of endorsement. Students with elementary certification may choose to take courses that are specifically designed to provide content and hands-on science appropriate for K-8 classrooms. If you are certified at the secondary level, you are encouraged to focus on graduate-level courses in one of the sciences. All students must identify and take at least one course at a field station or participate in a significant field experience, laboratory research experience or internship-like experience approved by the advisor.

Required Capstone Course I (6 hours)

  • EDU 698: Thesis 1-6(Spec)
  • SCI 798: Thesis 1-6(Spec)

Required Capstone Course II (1-3 hours)

  • EDU 780/MLE 780: Master of Arts Capstone Seminar 3(3-0)
  • SCI 730: Seminar 1(1-0)

Plan B (36 hours)

Thirty-six hours of graduate-level coursework approved by the advisory committee. In addition, you must submit an approved Plan B paper demonstrating either research or independent study in an area of science or science education. The Plan B paper might focus on improving the teaching of science in your school including improvements in curriculum, instruction, or leadership in science teaching. Or it might focus on answering a particular question in any one of the science disciplines, for example, someone might look at the various ferns found at Neithercut Woodland and then develop a guide to be used by those visiting the property.

Required Science Education Courses (9 hours)

  • EDU 615: Survey of Science Education 3(3-0)
  • EDU 618: The Nature of Science in Science Teaching 3(3-0)
  • EDU 645: Advanced Science Teaching Methods 3(3-0)

Elective Science Education Courses (23-25 hours)

The electives must be 500- or 600-level science courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental education, geology, physical science or physics, chosen with the approval of your advisor. These courses should strengthen your teaching expertise or apply toward a new area of endorsement. Students with elementary certification may choose to take courses that are specifically designed to provide content and hands-on science appropriate for K-8 classrooms. If you are certified at the secondary level, you are encouraged to focus on graduate-level courses in one of the sciences. All students must identify and take at least one course at a field station or participate in a significant field experience, laboratory research experience or internship-like experience approved by the advisor.

Required Capstone Course (2-4 hours)

  • SCI 790: Research in Science Education 2-4(Spec)

Additional Information

For more information on the Integrated Science graduate program, please contact:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

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