Interdisciplinary Science Studies is an interdisciplinary major leading to a general liberal arts and sciences (Bachelor of Arts) degree. This major is designed with the idea of creating a program of study that will best prepare a student to become a science educator. While this has been developed for students preparing to enter the teaching profession at the elementary level, it will also provide excellent preparation for those who might be interested in becoming science educators for museums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, and a number of other fields as well. (Methods, approaches, and practices involved in teaching elementary age children science are provided through Education coursework.) The major, which leads to a general liberal arts and studies (Bachelor of Arts) degree, has been developed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to one area of science, broad exposure to at least one additional area of science, a strong background in mathematics, and exposure to other areas that will strengthen their pedagogy (e.g. engineering/design, museum studies, digital storytelling.)
Requirements for the Major
Course requirements include twenty-one (21) hours from Earth and Environmental Sciences, an eleven (11) or twelve (12) hour, three course building sequence from a second science area (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Computer Science). Additional required courses include Mathematics 120, Interdisciplinary 307 and 407, and Computer Science 106.
Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Science Studies major will also take the undergraduate Education coursework required for students enrolled in the 5-year, Master of Science (M.S.) in Elementary Education program.
Interdisciplinary Science Studies Required Courses
EESC 110 (3 credits) – Introduction to Environmental Science
EESC 111 (4 credits) – Our Dynamic Earth
EESC 230 (3 credits) – Global Environmental Problems
EESC 240 (4 credits) – Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences
EESC 210 (3 credits) – Oceanography and EESC 211 (1 credit) – Oceanography Laboratory, OR EESC 201 (4 credits) – Paleontology
EESC 340 (3 credits) – Energy Resources and Technology
MATH 120 (3 credits) – Quantitative Reasoning in the Sciences
CPSC 106 (3 credits) – Digital Storytelling
IDIS 307 (3 credits) – How Things Work: Engineering and the Design Process
IDIS 407 (4 credits) – Field Project in STEM Education
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