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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Science

Gessner Science Hall, Room 107

570-422-3341......www.esu.edu/physics

About the Program

Two programs are available in General Science.The Bachelor of Science in General Science (Secondary Education) is designed to prepare students for careers teaching science in secondary schools. The program of study is similar to the other secondary education programs in science except that it covers all four fields of science (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics). The Bachelor of Arts in General Science provides a background in general science for use in a business, educational, writing or computer science setting.

Bachelor of Science in General Science - Secondary Education

    • Sharing your love of science with others
    • Encouraging students to discover the world around them
    • Helping students begin careers in science

    Choose General Science — Secondary Education at ESU

    • Small class sizes
    • Hands-on environment
    • Highly qualified and experienced faculty
    • Partnerships with area school districts

    Is General Science - Secondary Education a career path for me?

    Career Potential

    • Junior High School Life Science Teacher
    • Junior High School Physical Science Teacher
    • Junior High School Earth Science Teacher
    • High School General Science Teacher

    Career Settings

    • Public High School
    • Private High School or Preparatory Academy

    More detailed career information is available from the department.

    52 semester hours

    Coordinator: Professor Robert Cohen, Department of Physics

    • Required major courses: BIOL 114, 115; CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126; PHYS 121, 122, 131 (or 161), 132 (or 162), 495; GEOG 120 (or 121), 220; 15 credits (200-level or above) chosen with the consent of the adviser in BIOL, CHEM and PHYS, with a minimum of three credits in each discipline. Nine of these 15 credits must be 300-level or above.
    • Corequisite courses: CPSC 101; MATH 110, 140 (or 131).
    • Required professional education courses: MCOM 262; PSED 161, 242, 346, 420, 421, 430, 431; REED 321, PHYS 499.
    • Recommended courses: PHYS 486; CMST 111.
    • Additional requirements:
    • At least nine credits of required courses (not corequisites), 300-level or above, must be completed at ESU.
    • A minimum of a "C" must be attained in each of the required courses.
    • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established new requirements for all candidates in teacher preparation programs. Please refer to the section The College of Education in this catalog for specific requirements for admission into teacher education programs.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made some recent changes in teacher certification requirements. Anyone applying for teacher certification after December 31, 2012 will be subject to different program and certification requirements. These requirements will be published pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

    ALL teacher education students should be in frequent consultation with their academic advisers to make sure they are meeting the appropriate program and certification requirements which will vary depending on a variety of circumstances.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      PSED 161: Foundations of Education

      3

      GEOG 121 GE: Physical Geology*

      3

      BIOL 114 GE: Introductory Biology I

      4

      General Education Elective - Group A**

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      CPSC 101 GE: PC's and Their Uses in Science

      3

      MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

      3

      BIOL 115 GE: Introductory Biology II

      4

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      PHYS 121 GE: Astronomy I: Sky and Solar System

      3

      MATH 140 GE: Calculus I***

      4

      PSED 242: Educational Psychology

      3

      CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

      1

      FIT Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      PHYS 122 GE: Astronomy II: Stars and Galaxies

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C**

      3

      MCOM 262 Educational Communication and Technology

      3

      CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

      1

      General Education Elective - Group A (2nd English)

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      REED 321: Teaching in Reading in Secondary School

      3

      PHYS 131 GE: Fundamental Physics I

      4

      GEOG 220 GE: Meteorology

      3

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      PSED 420: Seminar in Secondary Education I

      3

      PHYS 132 GE: Fundamental Physics II

      4

      Chemistry Elective

      3

      Biology Elective

      3

      Upper Level Science Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Senior Year

      Fall

      PSED 421: Seminar in Secondary Education II

      2

      PSED 446: Teaching of Science in the Secondary Schools

      3

      Upper-Level Science Elective

      3

      Physics Elective

      3

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      FIT Elective

      1

      PHYS 495: Seminar

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      PSED 430: Student Teaching in Secondary Education/Middle School/Junior High School

      6

      PSED 431: Student Teaching in Secondary Education/Senior High School

      6

      PHYS 499: Student Teaching Internship

      1

      Subtotal

      13

      Total Credits

      124

      *GEOG 120 (Physical Geography) can be taken in place of GEOG 121 (Physical Geology).

      **MCOM 111 (Speech Communication) is recommended.

      **If MATH 135 (Pre-Calculus) is necessary, it should be scheduled during the preceding summer.

      Teacher education program requirements have been changed to reflect new certification rules for students applying for certification after December 31, 2012.

      For more information, contact Program Coordinator Robert Cohen at 570-422-3428 or via e-mail at rcohen@po-box.esu.edu.

Bachelor of Arts in General Science

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Physics

    Choose General Science — Secondary Education at ESU

    • Small class sizes
    • Hands-on environment
    • Highly qualified and experienced faculty
    • Partnerships with area school districts

    Is General Science - Secondary Education a career path for me?

    Career Potential

    • Science equipment specialist
    • Science writing
    • Science data analysis

    Career Settings

    • Local, state and government agencies
    • National and private laboratories
    • Equipment and technical companies

    More detailed career information is available from the department.

    Program Features

    52 Semester Hours

    • Required major courses: BIOL 114, 115; CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126; PHYS 121, 122, 131 (or 161), 132 (or 162), 495; GEOG 120 (or 121), 220; 15 credits (200-level or above) chosen with the consent of the adviser in BIOL, CHEM and PHYS, with a minimum of three credits in each discipline. Nine of these 15 credits must be 300-level or above.
    • Corequisite courses: CPSC 101; MATH 110, 140 (or 131).
    • Additional requirements:
    • At least 9 credits of required courses (not corequisites), 300-level or above, must be completed at ESU.
    • A minimum of a "C" must be attained in each of the required courses.
    • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established new requirements for all candidates in teacher preparation programs. Please refer to the section The College of Education in the Undergraduate catalog for specific requirements for admission into teacher education programs.

Program Curriculum Plan

  • Freshman Year

    Fall

    ENGL 103: English Compostion

    3

    GEOG 121 GE: Physical Geology*

    3

    BIOL 114 GE: Introductory Biology I

    4

    General Education Elective - Group A

    3

    General Education Elective - Group C

    3

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    CPSC 101 GE: PC's and Their Uses in Science

    3

    MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

    3

    MATH 135 GE: Pre- Calculus (if needed*)

    3

    BIOL 115 GE: Introductory Biology II

    4

    General Education Elective - Group A

    3

    Subtotal

    16

    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    PHYS 121 GE: Astronomy I: Sky and Solar System

    3

    MATH 140 GE: Calculus I

    4

    General Education Elective - Group C

    3

    CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

    3

    CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

    1

    FIT Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    PHYS 122 GE: Astronomy II: Stars and Galaxies

    3

    FIT Elective

    1

    General Education Elective - Group A

    3

    CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

    3

    CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

    1

    General Education Elective - Group A

    3

    Subtotal

    14

    Junior Year

    Fall

    PHYS 131 GE: Fundamental Physics I

    4

    GEOG 220 GE: Meteorology

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    General Education Elective - Group C

    3

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    PHYS 132 GE: Fundamental Physics II

    4

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    2

    Upper Level Science Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Senior Year

    Fall

    Chemistry Elective

    3

    Biology Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    General Education Elective - Group A

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    PHYS 495: Seminar

    1

    Physics Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Free Elective

    3

    Upper-Level Science Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    13

    Total Credits

    120

    *GEOG 120 (Physical Geography) can be taken in place of GEOG 121 (Physical Geology).

    For more information, contact Program Coordinator Robert Cohen at 570-422-3428 or via e-mail at rcohen@po-box.esu.edu.

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