Biology Education Programs

Total: 58-71 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards
Biology majors and minors on the Secondary Certification are required to complete, with at least a 2.7 GPA, 75% of the credit hours on the signed major or minor, including BIO 502, prior to approval for student teaching. At least 6 hours of the biology requirements must be taken at CMU.

Required Courses I (23 hours)
  • BIO 110: Concepts of Biology 4(3-3)
  • BIO 203: General Botany 3(2-3)
  • BIO 208: Microbiology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 218: General Zoology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 326: Genetics 4(3-3)
  • BIO 340: Ecology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 502: Teaching Biology 3(2-3)
Required Courses II (4 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • BIO 391: Plant Physiology 4(3-3)
    • BIO 392: Mammalian Physiology 4(3-3)
Other Requirements I (5-8 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A
      • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)
      • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
    • Option B
      • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option C
      • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
Other Requirements II (4-8 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A
      • CHM 342: Survey of Organic Chemistry 4(3-3)
    • Option B
      • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
      • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
      • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
Other Requirements III (3-6 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A
      • CHM 421: Survey of Biochemistry 3(3-0)
    • Option B
      • CHM 425: Introductory Biochemistry 3(3-0)
    • Option C
      • CHM 521: Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3(3-0)
      • CHM 522: Intermediate Biochemistry 3(3-0)
Other Requirements IV (8 hours)
  • PHY 130: College Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 131: College Physics II 4(4-0)
Other Requirements V (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • BIO 500: Biological Statistics 3(2-2)
    • STA 282: Introduction to Statistics 3(3-0)
      • Note: If a student selects BIO 500, it may count toward the 38 hours required in Biology.
Electives (11 hours)
  • Biology courses including one course in botany and one course in zoology selected in consultation with an advisor to total 38 hours of biology credit.
Total: 32-36 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

Biology majors and minors on the Secondary Certification are required to complete, with at least a 2.7 GPA, 75% of the credit hours on the signed major or minor, including BIO 502, prior to approval for student teaching. At least 6 hours of the biology requirements must be taken at CMU.

Required Courses I (4 hours)
  • BIO 110: Concepts of Biology 4(3-3)
Required Courses II (19 hours)
  • BIO 203: General Botany 3(2-3)
  • BIO 208: Microbiology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 218: General Zoology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 326: Genetics 4(3-3)
  • BIO 340: Ecology 3(2-3)
  • BIO 502: Teaching Biology 3(2-3)
Required Courses III (4 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • BIO 391: Plant Physiology 4(3-3)
    • BIO 392: Mammalian Physiology 4(3-3)
Other Requirements (5-9 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A (9 hours)
      • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)
      • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
      • CHM 342: Survey of Organic Chemistry 4(3-3)
    • Option B (8 hours)
      • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option C (5 hours)
      • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)

Chemistry Education Programs

Total: 40 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Notes:
  • 11 credit hours must be in laboratory courses. (One credit hour each of CHM 131, 132, 211 and 331, and two credit hours of CHM 161 count as laboratory credit hours).
  • CHM 521 (3) and CHM 522 (3) may be substituted for CHM 425 (3).
  • You are urged to consult your major/pre-professional advisor before enrolling for biochemistry courses. It is recommended that if you plan to teach chemistry in secondary schools, you should major in chemistry.
Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards
  • You must have completed at least 30 hours of your chemistry major, in addition to CHM 505 (3) and CHM 507 (1), before approval for student teaching can be given. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in those 33 hours of chemistry courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least 6 of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum GPA of 2.7. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
  • In order for you to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at your request, provide completed department student evaluation forms.
  • You must demonstrate competence in chemistry by passing an American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specific level in order to be approved for student teaching.
Chemistry Core I (5-8 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A (8 hours)
      • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option B (5 hours)
      • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
Chemistry Core II (27-29 hours)
  • CHM 211: Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
  • CHM 331: Inorganic Chemistry 3(2-4)
  • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
  • CHM 351: Physical Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 352: Physical Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 357: Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2(0-4)
  • CHM 425: Introductory Biochemistry 3(3-0)
  • CHM 491: Undergraduate Research 1-3(Spec)
Required Courses (4 hours)
  • CHM 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)
  • CHM 507: Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics 1(Spec)
    • Note: Chem 505 and 507 should be taken concurrently.
Electives (0-4 hours)
  • Electives: Sufficient 500-level advanced courses to meet the minimum credit hour requirement. Certain electives are required for American Chemical Society certification. Electives are to be selected in consultation with, and approved by, a chemistry major advisor.
Total: 23 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards
  • You must have completed at least 20 hours of your chemistry minor, in addition to CHM 505 (3), before approval for student teaching can be given. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in those 23 hours of chemistry courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least 6 of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum GPA of 2.7. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
  • In order for you to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at your request, provide completed department student evaluation forms.
  • You must demonstrate competence in chemistry by passing an American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specific level in order to be approved for student teaching.
Required Courses I (5-8 hours)
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A (8 hours)
      • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option B (5 hours)
      • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
Required Courses II (15 hours)
  • CHM 211: Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
  • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
  • CHM 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)
Electives (0-3 hours)
  • Selected in consultation with and approved by a chemistry minor advisor.
Note:
  • Five credit hours must be in laboratory courses.
Total: 30 semester hours

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards
In addition to the standard College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, you must submit scores for the General GRE. Also, you must arrange for 2-3 persons familiar with your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate student and teaching assistant to send letters of recommendation to the Graduate College. Letters of support may also be emailed directly to chmgrad@cmic​h.edu.

To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than February 1.

Foundation Courses (0-10 hours)​
  • CHM 511 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry 4(2-4)
  • CHM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3(3-0)
  • CHM 541 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3(3-0)
    • Note: CHM 511, 531, and 541 are required unless the student has taken the equivalent courses in an undergraduate program.
Chemistry Electives (8-18 hours)
  • At least 6 credit hours must be earned in Chemistry courses at the 600 level.  Chemistry electives must be approved by the advisor and the Graduate Program Committee.
Internship and Practicum (6 hours)
  • CHM 781 - Chemistry Teaching Practicum 2(Spec)
  • CHM 793 - Chemistry Teaching Internship 1-9(Spec)
Scholarship (6 hours)
  • CHM 794 - Experimentation in the Teaching of Chemistry 1-6(Spec)

Chemistry-Physics Education Programs

Total: 47 or 50 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

The Chemistry-Physics Major, offered by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, is designed to prepare prospective high school teachers of chemistry and physics.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

The following mathematics courses or equivalent skills are prerequisites for some of the required courses on this major:

  • MTH 132
  • MTH 133
  • MTH 223
  • MTH 233
  • MTH 334

Consequently, a minimum of 18 hours of MTH courses will normally be required to complete this major in addition to the 46 or 49 hours specified above. If you have incomplete high school preparation, you may find it necessary to complete additional MTH courses.

Required Courses I (5-8 hours)

  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option A (8 hours)
      • CHM 131: Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
      • CHM 132: Introduction to Chemistry II 4(3-3)
    • Option B (5 hours)
      • CHM 161: Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)

Required Courses II (42 hours)

  • CHM 211: Quantitative Analysis 4(3-5)
  • CHM 331: Inorganic Chemistry 3(2-4)
  • CHM 345: Organic Chemistry I 3(3-0)
  • CHM 346: Organic Chemistry II 3(3-0)
  • CHM 349: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 2(0-8)
  • CHM/PHY 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in Secondary Schools 3(3-0)
  • CHM/PHY 507: Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics 1(Spec)
  • PHY 145: University Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 146: University Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 175: University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 176: University Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)
  • PHY 231: Electronic Instrumentation 2(1-2)
  • PHY 247: Introduction to Modern Physics 4(4-0)
  • PHY 277: University Physics Laboratory III 1(0-3)
  • PHY 322: Intermediate Mechanics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 332: Electricity and Magnetism 3(3-0)

Other Requirements
If you are seeking the Chemistry Department's recommendation for student teaching in chemistry, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have completed the specified chemistry courses for the Chemistry-Physics major, in addition to CHM/PHY 505 (3) and 501 (1), before approval for student teaching can be given. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in those 24-27 hours of courses. Transfer chemistry credit will be accepted from regionally accredited institutions, but at least six of the hours must be CMU classes with a minimum GPA of 2.7. At least 12 of the required chemistry credit hours must have been received within 10 years of application for student teaching.
  • In order for you to be approved for student teaching in chemistry, two CMU chemistry faculty must, at your request, provide completed department student evaluation forms. You must also furnish transcripts showing all chemistry course credits.
  • You must demonstrate competency in chemistry by passing at American Chemical Society standardized chemistry examination at a specified level in order to be approved for student teaching.

If you are seeking the Physics Department's recommendation for student teaching in physics, the following requirements must be met:

  • At least 20 hours of physics (including CHM/PHY 505) must be completed with a GPA of 2.7.
  • At least 6 hours of physics (excluding CHM/PHY 505) must be completed at CMU.

Earth Science Education Programs

Total: 49-55 Semester Hours (39 hours of required Earth Science courses)
Provisional Secondary Certification or Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the earth and space 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 your Earth Science major that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (27 hours)
  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • AST 112: Introduction to Astronomical Observations 1(0-2)
  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 290: Introduction to Geologic Investigation 3(2-2)
  • GEL 320: Earth Materials 3(2-3)
  • GEL 325: Glacial Morphology and Landforms 3(3-0)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)
  • GEO 205/GEL 205: Oceanography 3(3-0)
  • MET 201: Climatology and Climatic Change 3(3-0)
  • SCI 490: Contemporary Issues in Earth Science 1(1-0)
Required Courses II (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • ESC 400: Earth Science Education 3(2-2)
    • SCI 400: Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School 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 413: Geomorphology 3(3-0)
    • GEO 210: Landforms 3(2-2)
Required Courses V (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • GEL 304: Earth Resources 3(3-0)
    • GEO 330: Resource Perception and Utilization 3(3-0)
Other Requirements I (10 hours)
  • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)
  • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
  • PHY 130: College Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 170: College Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
Other Requirements II (0-6 hours)
  • Select one of the following options in consultation with an advisor:
    • Option A (6 hours)
      • MTH 106: Plane Trigonometry 3(3-0)
      • MTH 107: College Algebra 3(3-0)
    • Option B (0 hours)
      • Mathematics placement equivalent to precalculus (MTH 130) or above.


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

John Scheide
Biosciences 4104
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu
Total: 28 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification or Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

This minor offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the earth and space 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.

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 training workshops schedule.

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

Required Courses I (16 hours)
  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 320: Earth Materials 3(2-3)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)
  • GEO 205/GEL 205: Oceanography 3(3-0)
Required Courses II (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • ESC 400: Earth Science Education 3(2-2)
    • SCI 400: Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School 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 304: Earth Resources 3(3-0)
    • GEO 330: Resource Perception and Utilization 3(3-0)
Required Courses V (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • GEL 413: Geomorphology 3(3-0)
    • GEO 210: Landforms 3(2-2)

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

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

Geography Education Programs

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Student Teaching
Students seeking the Department of Geography's recommendation for student teaching must have:

  • A signed major/minor in geography or earth science
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in the major/minor courses
  • Completed a Department of Geography application form


For more information on the Geography - Secondary Education major, please contact the program's advisor:

Michael J. Libbee
Dow Science Complex 298
989-774-3723
michael.libbee@cmich.edu

Integrated Science Education Programs

Total: 37-39 Semester Hours
Provisional Elementary Certification

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)

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

John Scheide
Biosciences 4104
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu
Total: 29-31 Semester Hours
Provisional Elementary Certification or Provisional Elementary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

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.

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

John Scheide
Biosciences 4104
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu
Total: 39-54 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification

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)

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
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.

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)

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

John Scheide
Biosciences 4104
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

Mathematics Education Programs

Total: 31 Semester Hours
Provisional Elementary Certification

To sign this major, you must have:
  • Completed either MTH 130 or MTH 132 with a grade of B- or higher.
  • Completed MTH 151 with a grade of B or higher.
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.
Required Courses I (22 hours)
  • MTH 132: Calculus I 4(4-0)
  • MTH 175: Discrete Mathematics 3(3-0)
  • MTH 256: Problem Solving with Technology for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 351: Geometry for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 551: Mathematical Structures of K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 553: History of Elementary Mathematics for K-8 Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 554: Probability and Statistics for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
Required Courses II (3 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • STA 282: Introduction to Statistics 3(3-0)
    • STA 382: Elementary Statistical Analysis 3(3-0)
Electives (6 hours)
  • Electives (6 semester hours) are to be selected from MTH or STA in consultation with and approval by a mathematics advisor.
Total: 22 Semester Hours
Provisional Elementary Certification and Provisional Elementary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

To sign this minor, you must have:
  • Completed either MTH 130 or MTH 132 with a grade of B- or higher.
  • Completed MTH 151 with a grade of B or higher.
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.
Required Courses I (15 hours)
  • MTH 256: Problem Solving with Technology for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 351: Geometry for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 551: Mathematical Structures of K-8 Mathematical Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 553: History of Elementary Mathematics for K-8 Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 554: Probability and Statistics for K-8 Mathematics Teachers 3(3-0)
Required Courses II (4 hours)
  • Select one of the following:
    • MTH 130: Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4(4-0)
    • MTH 132: Calculus I 4(4-0)
Electives (3 hours)
  • Electives (3 semester hours) are to be selected from MTH or STA in consultation with and approval by a mathematics advisor.
Total: 44-45 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

To sign this major, you must have:
  • Completed either MTH 132 with a grade of B- or higher.
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.
Required Courses (38 hours)
  • MTH 132: Calculus I 4(4-0)
  • MTH 133: Calculus II 4(4-0)
  • MTH 223: Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 3(3-0)
  • MTH 261: Problem-Based Algebra and Calculus for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 332: Introduction to Analysis 3(3-0)
  • MTH 341: College Geometry 3(3-0)
  • MTH 362: Problem-Based Geometry for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 363: Problem-Based Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 375: Discrete Structures 3(3-0)
  • MTH 462: Capstone on Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 523: Modern Algebra I 3(3-0)
  • STA 382: Elementary Statistical Analysis 3(3-0)
Electives (6-7 hours)
  • A minimum of two additional courses is required. At least one of these must be numbered 500 or above. These courses are to be selected from the following list:
    • MTH 233: Calculus III 4(4-0)
    • MTH 334: Differential Equations 3(3-0)
    • MTH 499: Capstone Course in Mathematics 3(3-0)
    • MTH 521: Theory of Numbers 3(3-0)
    • MTH 532: Advanced Calculus I 3(3-0)
    • MTH 545: Introduction to Point-Set Topology 3(3-0)
    • MTH 573: History of Mathematics 3(3-0)
    • MTH 578: Combinatorics I 3(3-0)
    • STA 580: Applied Statistical Methods I 3(3-0)
      • Electives are to be selected from MTH or STA in consultation with and approval by a mathematics advisor.
Total: 29 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

To sign this minor, you must have:
  • Completed MTH 132 with a grade of B- or higher.
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.
Required Courses (29 hours)
  • MTH 132: Calculus I 4(4-0)
  • MTH 133: Calculus II 4(4-0)
  • MTH 223: Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 3(3-0)
  • MTH 261: Problem-Based Algebra and Calculus for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 332: Introduction to Analysis 3(3-0)
  • MTH 341: College Geometry 3(3-0)
  • MTH 362: Problem-Based Geometry for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 363: Problem-Based Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)
  • MTH 462: Capstone on Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Secondary Teachers 3(3-0)

Physics Education Programs

Total: 38 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification

Prospective majors are urged to begin your study of mathematics in the fall of the freshman year with MTH 132 (or MTH 130, if necessary) and your study of physics in the winter of the freshman year with PHY 145 and 175.

No more than five semester hours of credit taken on a credit/no credit basis may be counted toward the physics major or minor. Since the department permits credit/no credit registration only for beginning physics courses, the restriction refers specifically to PHY 145 and 175.

Although not recommended, the following course substitutions can be allowed if you successfully complete PHY 247:

  • PHY 130 in place of 145
  • PHY 131 for 146
  • PHY 170 for 175
  • PHY 171 for 176
If you are a transfer student from a two-year college, you can complete a major in physics in two additional years if you have satisfactorily completed a one-year course in calculus and a one-year course in general physics (preferably utilizing calculus). You should consult the chairperson of the physics department at your earliest opportunity, and in any case, prior to initial registration.

Physics Teaching Majors and Minors
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors and minors.
If you are seeking the department's recommendation for student teaching in physics, the following requirements must be met:
  • At least 20 hours of physics (including PHY 505) must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.7.
  • At least 6 hours of physics (excluding PHY 505) must be completed at CMU.
Required Courses (37 hours)
  • PHY 145: University Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 146: University Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 175: University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 176: University Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)
  • PHY 247: Introduction to Modern Physics 4(4-0)
  • PHY 277: University Physics Laboratory III 1(0-3)
  • PHY 312: Introduction to Mathematical Physics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 322: Intermediate Mechanics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 332: Electricity and Magnetism 3(3-0)
  • PHY 442: Introductory Quantum Theory 4(4-0)
  • PHY 450: Thermal Physics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Secondary School 3(3-0)
  • PHY 507: Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics 1(Spec)
  • PHY 578: Experimental Physics 2-4(Spec)

Electives (1 hour)
  • Select a minimum of one additional hour from courses having as prequisite a course in the required major sequence.
Total: 26 Semester Hours
Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards
  • See information under Physics Major – Teaching (above).
Required Courses (26 hours)
  • PHY 145: University Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 146: University Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 175: University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 176: University Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)
  • PHY 231: Electronic Instrumentation 2(1-2)
  • PHY 247: Introduction to Modern Physics 4(4-0)
  • PHY 277: University Physics Laboratory III 1(0-3)
  • PHY 322: Intermediate Mechanics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 332: Electricity and Magnetism 3(3-0)
  • PHY 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Secondary School 3(3-0)