Integrated Science Education - Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Science major provides graduates with the opportunity to teach in 7-12th grade schools in all the major science disciplines (biology, chemistry, earth science and physics) while concentrating in one science area.

Candidates are exposed to state-of-the-art teaching methods and science/math courses as well as teaching in diverse settings, taking English Language Learner (ELL) methods, experiencing elective Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education methods and engaging in real world scientific research as part of their program.

Since National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) requires candidates to specialize in one science discipline area and have a broad understanding of the other three disciplines, this increases the total number of credit hours required for this degree. The curriculum was streamlined as much as possible in order to minimize the number of required credit hours (124-131 credit hours for the Integrated Science degree will be required).

Part of the Miami Plan (liberal education requirements) is to engage in a 9-credit hour thematic sequence outside the student's field of study. It is an essential part of the liberal education students receive while studying at Miami University. A thematic sequence is a series of three courses that build developmentally towards a more comprehensive study of a topic. 

Within this proposal, the recommended thematic sequence falls within the four science disciplines of study. In addition, there is a STEM thematic sequence of courses that could be taken as electives. It prepares Miami science education majors to infuse STEM into their future schools. Other Miami majors enroll in this thematic sequence (e.g. finance, psychology, language arts, software engineering, computer science) so these courses are not methods courses but focus on issues, history, and societal topics surrounding STEM.

Other possible thematic sequences are built into these science programs, e.g. BIO 2: Molecular Processes: From Cells to Whole Plants, and are available to the students enrolled in the Integrated Science major.

Further, the Miami plan (liberal education experiences) courses will be advised to be taken throughout the four years at Miami University and not just at the end (as seen in the plans of study). The majority of the science education majors enter Miami University with an abundant number of Advanced Placement credit hours thus enabling them more flexibility in scheduling their courses. The Advanced Writing course (a Miami plan course) can be taken later in the program and meet two requirements (science content and advanced writing) thus easing the credit hour requirements of this degree if so chosen by the students.

The current science education programs have similar required credit hours and the students have been able to graduate in four years.  We don’t foresee students having difficulty in managing this degree in a four-year period of time.

Program Requirements

Requirements for all Integrated Science Education Specialties

Required Pre/Co-requisites
BIO 115Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity4
BIO 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
5
GLG 111
GLG 115L
The Dynamic Earth
and Understanding the Earth
4
GLG 307Water and Society3
IES 275Principles of Environmental Science3
PHY 111Astronomy and Space Physics3
STA 261Statistics4
Science Research - BIO, CHM, GLG, or PHY 277R, 377R, or 477R3-6
Teacher Education Core
EDL 204Sociocultural Studies in Education3
EDP 201Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts3
EDP 256Psychology of the Exceptional Learner3
EDT 190Introduction to Education3
Integrated Science Education Required Courses
Fall field block courses - take all three concurrently
EDP 301AAssessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings3
EDT 323Teaching English Language Learners in PK-12: Instructional Theories & Practices3
EDT 431Adolescent Science Methods I3
Spring field block courses - take all three concurrently
EDT 421AClassroom Cultures, Community, and Climate3
EDT 432Adolescent Science Methods II3
EDT 446AIntegrating Literacy Across the Content Areas3
Supervised teaching semester
EDT 419ATeaching Internship- Adolescent15
Total Credit Hours83-86

Integrated Science Education Specialties

Biology

Required Courses
BIO 161Principles of Human Physiology4
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 206Evolutionary Biology3
BIO 209Fundamentals of Ecology3
BIO 342Genetics3
CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
EDT 415Inquiry Into Life Science3
PHY 161Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I4
PHY 162Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II4
Total Credit Hours31

Chemistry

Required Courses
BIO 206Evolutionary Biology3
CHM 241
CHM 244
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 242
CHM 245
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 375Analytical Chemistry for Majors3
CHM 415Misconceptions in Chemistry3
CHM 491Chemistry in Societal Issues3
EDT 415Inquiry Into Life Science3
PHY 161Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I4
PHY 162Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II4
Total Credit Hours33

Earth Science

Required Courses
BIO 161Principles of Human Physiology4
CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
EDT 415Inquiry Into Life Science3
GLG 201Mineralogy4
GLG 204Survival on an Evolving Planet4
GLG 211Chemistry of Earth Systems3
GLG 301Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
PHY 161Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I4
PHY 162Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II4
GLG Elective3
Total Credit Hours37

Physics

Required Courses
BIO 206Evolutionary Biology3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 251Calculus II4
MTH 252Calculus III4
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
PHY 215Physics by Inquiry3
or EDT 415 Inquiry Into Life Science
PHY 281Contemporary Physics I: Foundations3
Total Credit Hours32