Major in General Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7 – 12)
The purpose of the major is to provide science teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in the basic sciences. Therefore, a greater pool of talent in the field of science education will be created from which surrounding middle schools and high schools can draw. The program has been designed to emphasize the fundamental understanding of both physical and life sciences. Courses will be selected from biology, geology, chemistry, computer science, and physics. The objectives of the general science major are to:
1) Provide science teachers in training with a multidisciplinary program that will adequately prepare them to teach the science courses expected in middle school and high school science programs.
2) Prepare science teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in science education
Students must complete the NMHU Core Curriculum requirements, which should include a minimum of Math 140 and eight credits from the lab sciences listed below. Math 211 and Math 160 are required for the BS rather than a BA degree. The BS degree is recommended for students preparing to teach high school.