Bachelor of Arts

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES COMBINED CONCENTRATION

NOTE: SI130 Physical Science covers the general education elective and SS205 US History I covers the general education history elective.

EC101 Microeconomics 3 credits

A study of the basic economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.

EC201 Macroeconomics 3 credits

The study of economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.

SI105 Earth Science 4 credits

A survey of geology and oceanography. Special emphasis is given to the natural environment, its forces, and physical phenomena seen on the planet. A weekly laboratory activity is designed to enhance the understanding of course material. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school biology or chemistry.

SI130 Principles of Physical Science and Laboratory 4 credits

An introduction to basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Emphasis is placed upon the logical and philosophical development of the concepts and their application to the understanding of the physical universe. Laboratory requirements teach the importance of scientific method and measurement in scientific investigation. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school algebra or chemistry.

SI132 Introduction to Biology 4 credits

The course will introduce the major concepts and principles of biology, emphasizing cell structure and function, heredity, plant and animal organization, taxonomy, and ecology. A weekly laboratory activity is designed to enhance the understanding of course material. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school biology.

SI160 General Chemistry 4 credits

An introduction into the basic concepts of chemistry including the scientific method, metric system, structure of atoms, the periodic table, chemical bonds, mole concept, chemical calculations, states of matter, gas laws, solutions, acids, bases and salts, oxidation/reduction reactions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, nuclear, organic and biological chemistry. The course includes a weekly virtual chemistry laboratory. (Lab fee).

Prerequisite:
SI131 Intermediate Algebra
Recommended completion of high school algebra or chemistry with a grade of C or above.

TE428 Teaching Science for Middle Childhood 4 credits

The course emphasizes strategies and techniques including the use of technology in teaching science in a constructivist format. Students are provided with a conceptual framework that embraces the idea that science classrooms provide for individual differences. Includes a lab. A field experience component of 2 hours twice per week for ten weeks is required.

Prerequisite:
TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

Offered every fall.

TE429 Social Studies Methods for Middle Childhood 3 credits

This course is a study of teaching social studies to middle grade students with an emphasis on curriculum, assessment, and the development of instructional materials, guided by the standards of the National Council of Social Studies. A field experience component of two hours twice per week for ten weeks is required.

Prerequisite:
TE335 Teaching Reading with Literature for Middle Childhood

Offered every fall.