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Comprehensive Science Education

The role of science in today's world continues to expand exponentially, becoming ever more important to our daily lives as well as our future and the future of our world. In order for teachers or others to be conversant in the broad area known as science, they must take courses distributed among many different disciplines at North Dakota State University.

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The Program

This degree prepares secondary school science teachers for the challenges of teaching a variety of science classes in junior and senior high schools. Today, schools are becoming increasingly pressed for resources. School administrators are looking for teachers who are adequately prepared to teach several different subjects. The comprehensive science education degree is designed to meet this need. The career prospects for individuals who successfully complete this degree are very good.

The degree is comprised of 21 credits in the biological sciences, 34 credits in the physical sciences, eight credits in the geological sciences, eight credits of university-level calculus, and two credits of computer science. Also, the degree requires 31 credits of professional education courses and additional courses to meet the general education requirements of the University. A conscientious, hard-working student can complete the degree in four years. It is advised that students who intend to teach in Minnesota meet with the science education advisor early to discuss additional requirements for teacher certification in that state.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the teaching program. Students have the opportunity to apply skills acquired in college courses under the supervision of an experienced science educator.

Student Advisement

Students will be assigned individual advisors who will work closely in program planning and in other ways to advise and assist them. Students are encouraged to seek their advisors’ help whenever needed.


Upon completing this program, students are eligible for certification to teach sciences in most states. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Sample Curriculum


General Education Requirements
    First Year Experience
1       HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     ENGL 324 - Writing in the Sciences
    Quantitative Reasoning
3     STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics
10   Science & Technology
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
6   Social & Behavioral Sciences
2   Wellness
-   Cultural Diversity
    Global Perspective
3     GEOL 105 - Physical Geology
40   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3, 1   BIOL 124, 124L - Environmental Science and Lab
3, 1   BIOL 150, 150L - General Biology I and Lab
3, 1   BIOL 151, 151L - General Biology II and Lab
2   BIOL 491 - Seminar
4   BOT 372 - Structure and Diversity of Plants
         and Fungi
4   CHEM 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab
4   CHEM 122, 122L - General Chemistry II and Lab
4   CHEM 260 - Elements of Biochemistry
3, 1   CHEM 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab
3, 1   CHEM 342, 342L - Organic Chemistry II and Lab
3, 1   GEOL 105, 105L - Physical Geology and Lab
3, 1   GEOL 106, 106L - The Earth Through Time
        and Lab
4   MATH 165 - Calculus I
4   MATH 166 - Calculus II
3   PHYS 110 - Introductory Astronomy
4, 1   PHYS 251, 251L - University Physics I and Lab
4, 1   PHYS 252, 252L - University Physics II and Lab
2   Computer Science Electives
6   Electives
64   Total
Credits   Professional Education Requirements
3   EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching
3   EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology
3   EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods 
     and Assessment
3   EDUC 481 - Classroom Practice Methods
      of Teaching Science I: (Science)
1   EDUC 485 - Student Teaching Seminar
3   EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for
     Diverse Learners
9   EDUC 487 - Student Teaching
3   EDUC 488 - Applied Student Teaching
3   EDUC 489 - Teaching Students of Diverse
31   Total
136   Curriculum Total

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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