Broad Field Science

Broad Field Science Major (Comprehensive)

A total of 54 credits in science are required, distributed as follows:

1.      A minimum of eight credits in each of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. The required courses are listed below.

            BIOL 130        General Biology I - 4 credits 
            BIOL 132        General Biology II - 4 credits 
            Total:  8 credits

            CHEM 105      General Chemistry - 5 credits 
            CHEM 106      General Chemistry  - 4 credits 
            Total:  9 credits

            Earth Science 
            GEOL 110       Physical Geology - 4 credits
            GEOL 112       Historical Geology - 4 credits  
            Total: 8 credits

            PHYS 107       Algebra-Based Physics I - 4 credits 
            PHYS 108       Algebra-Based Physics II - 4 credits 
            Total:  8 credits


            PHYS 201       Calculus-Based Physics I - 5 credits 
            PHYS 202       Calculus-Based Physics II - 5 credits 
            Total: 10 credits

2.     Additional credits in two of the four areas listed above from courses which normally satisfy the major or minor requirements for a minimum of 14 credits in two distinct subjects. Biology and Geology credits must be selected from courses at the 200 level or higher.

3.     Additional credits can be selected from any of the four areas to bring the total credits to 54. Students need to include a minimum of 22 credits of coursework numbered at the 300 level or higher in this major.

4.     Students need to complete a senior experience consisting of an internship, undergraduate research, or a seminar course and publically present the results of their project.


Broad Field Science Teaching Major at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A)

Students desiring licensure to teach science at the early adolescence through adolescence level must complete the Broad Field Science major described above, making sure that they have completed the equivalent of a minor in biology, chemistry or physics. In addition, all Secondary Education students must meet the Professional Education Requirements (see the Secondary Education information under the Teacher Education section of this catalog.) including completion of NSEd 339 Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools. A minimum of six credits in mathematics is also required for teacher certification. See your advisor for recommended classes.


Science Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors

This minor is designed to provide breadth and sufficient depth across the broad range of biological, chemical, physical and earth science disciplines, and includes an environmental emphasis. A written plan for the minor must be filed with the advisor at the time of the student's application for admission to the Teacher Education programs. Any modifications in the plan may be made only with the advisor's consent. The minor must be taken in connection with Wisconsin MC-EA licensure (ages 6-12/13; grades 1-7/8th) which requires the taking of TED 407 and appropriate student teaching. This minor equips a prospective teacher to support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science.

The elementary education science minor will include a minimum of 22 credits from the following courses:

Required courses: 13 to 14 credits

BIOL 123        Concepts in Biology - 4 credits
CHEM 100      Our Chemical Environment - 2 credits
PHYS 160       Physical Science - 4 credits
GEOL 110       Physical Geology - 4 credits
GEOL 170 Earth Science       3 credits

Additional courses may be chosen from biology, chemistry, geology, or physics. At least seven credits must be numbered at the 300 level or greater.