The ability to communicate and respond to the general public is a vital skill for scientists. The goal of the Science education minor is to explore the interactive link between the natural sciences and society and to prepare you to be able to help make science accessible to the general public. You'll complete field experiences in various local settings including undergraduate laboratories, state parks, schools, camps or science museums. The minor will prepare you for a future that may include graduate school, preparation for teaching in the public or private sector, or employment as resource consultants in museums, state parks, or businesses.

To satisfy the requirements for the minor in Science Education, students must complete, at least 20 credits in three or more disciplines, including:

  • EDU-464,
  • eight to fourteen credits from the following list of general options
  • two to eight credits from the following list of teaching experiences.

One May Experience course and one first year seminar may contribute to the minor when the topic has been deemed appropriate by the Science Education oversight committee. No more than one course may also contribute to meeting the requirements in another major field of study. No more than eight credits in introductory courses (first year seminars or courses numbered between 100 and 199) may contribute to the minor.

General

  • COM-101 Public Speaking
  • COM-351 Advocacy
  • CSC-271 Morals, Laws and Society in a Digital Age
  • EDU-120 Human Growth and Development
  • EDU-221 Education of Students with Exceptionalities
  • PHL-320 Philosophy of Science
  • PSC-210 Interest Groups and Political Movements
  • PSC-315 Media and Politics
  • PSY-211 Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSY-213 Adulthood and Aging
  • REL-361 Religion and Science
  • REL-362 Religion and the Environment
  • WGS-240 Women in Science

Teaching Experiences

  • BIO-461 Teaching Methods and Materials in Biology
  • CHM-461 Teaching Methods and Materials in Chemistry
  • CSC-476 Teaching Methods in Computer Science
  • EDU-333 Science in Grades PK-6
  • EDU-454 Teaching Science in Grades 9-12
  • EDU-465 Informal Science Education
  • PHY-461 Teaching Methods and Materials in Physics

On occasion, May Experiences, first year seminar, and/or temporary topics courses are offered that also satisfy the requirements for the minor.

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