Broad Field Science

Broad Field Science Major (comprehensive) Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.


54 total credits

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


Historical Geology -- 4.00 credits


Our Water Resources -- 4.00 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
Physics Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 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)-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program. 


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.

Faculty Top of Page

William Bajjali, Professor - Geology and GIS
Andy Breckenridge, Associate Professor - Geology
Ed Burkett, Professor - Biology
Peter Cook, Associate Professor - Physics
Nicholas Danz, Associate Professor - Biology
James Lane, Professor - Chemistry
Lorena Rios Mendoza, Associate Professor
Jenean O'Brien, Assistant Professor - Biology
Kurt Schmude, Professor - Biology
Jeffrey Schuldt, Professor - Biology
Michael Waxman, Professor - Chemistry

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 broad nature of the program and broad competencies in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.