Broad Field Science

Broad Field Science Major (comprehensive) Requirements Top of Page

54 total credits  

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics required courses (33 credits required):

Biology required courses (8 credits required):

Principles of Biology I -- 4.00 credits
Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits

Chemistry required courses (9 credits required):

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits

Earth Science required courses (8 credits required):

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Structural Geology -- 3.00 credits

Physics required courses (8 credits required):


Algebra-Based Physics I -- 4.00 credits
Algebra-Based Physics II -- 4.00 credits




Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits
Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits


Additional Science requirements (9-12 credits required):

In addition to the two-semester introductory sequences listed above, additional electives are required to bring the total to at least 14 credits in each of two science subject areas (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS). Electives must be appropriate for the major or minor requirements in the subject areas. Biology and Geology credits must be selected from courses numbered 200 or above.

Senior Capstone required course (1 credit required):

Consists of an internship, undergraduate research, or a seminar course publicly presented.

Research in Biology -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Biology Seminar -- 1.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Senior Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Senior Paper -- 1.00 credits
Senior Seminar In Chemistry -- 1.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Upper Division course requirements (22 credits required):

A minimum of 22 credits numbered at the 300 level or higher are required for this major

Science Elective course requirements (19-21 credits required):

Credits must be from any of the four areas (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS) to bring the total science credits to 54

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

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 Requirements Top of Page

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.

22 total credits

Required courses (13 to 14 credits required):

Concepts In Biology -- 4.00 credits
Our Chemical Environment -- 2.00 credits
Physical Science -- 4.00 credits

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits


Earth Science -- 3.00 credits

Biology, Chemistry,Geology, or Physics Elective courses ( 8-9 credits above 300 level required):

Faculty Top of Page

Michelle Arnhold Davies, Assistant Professor
William Bajjali, Professor
Mary Balcer, Professor
Andy Breckenridge, Assistant Professor
Ed Burkett, Professor
Peter Cook, Assistant Professor
Nicholas Danz, Assistant Professor
Randy Gabrys Alexson, Professor
James Lane, Professor
Kristin Riker-Coleman, Assistant Professor
Lorena Rios Mendoza, Assistant Professor
Kurt Schmude, Associate Professor
Jeffrey Schuldt, Associate Professor
Ralph Seelke, Professor, Department Chair
Lisa Shepard, Senior Lecturer
Michael Waxman, Professor

Program Description Top of Page

The Broad Field Science Program broadly trains students in the sciences. It is especially well-suited for students interested in teaching science at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level.

Student Outcomes Top of Page

Student learning outcomes in this program are still under development, but emphasize the brad nature of the program and broad competencies in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.