Jun 23, 2018  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Natural Science - B.S.

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Major Requirements:

Required Courses:

Additional Requirements:

Seven of the required courses must have a laboratory component and at least 9 semester hours must be in courses numbered 250 or higher.

A student must receive a minimum grade of C- in all courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

A minimum of five courses in the major field must be completed at Dominican.

Optional Areas of Concentration:

Health Sciences Concentration:

The nursing profession is rapidly evolving into a career that demands an increasing knowledge of the natural sciences. In the technical field of clinical medicine, the nurse is often the “front line” for monitoring patient status and administering care. Successful nurses rely on knowledge of the natural sciences to administer proper treatment. The health sciences concentration provides the student with the necessary background to be competitive upon entrance to nursing school and to excel in the nursing profession.

Required Courses:

Environmental Studies Concentration:

This interdisciplinary field of study has an emphasis on human interactions with the environment and the public policies—locally, nationally, and internationally — that shape those interactions. The student completing this concentration will have a strong background in the laboratory, in political science, and in business that is necessary to understand the complexity of environmental issues. Students are encouraged to choose a minor in a field that complements their specific career goals.

Required Courses:

Education Concentration:

For teachers to be successful they must be knowledgeable about what they teach and proficient in how they teach. This concentration is designed to provide students seeking to teach in the elementary and middle grades a broad base of knowledge in the sciences. The elementary education program described in the Education section of this bulletin trains the student in the art of teaching. Together these components enable the student to serve as an area specialist in science education, a field underrepresented among elementary and middle school faculties.

Required Courses:

Teacher Licensure: Elementary Education

Students who wish to teach grades K-9 may major in natural science and complete the School of Education’s Teacher Education Program. In addition to an elementary license, students would be eligible for a middle school endorsement in science. Students would the major in natural science and the following:

  • Professional education courses as outlined in the School of Education  section of this bulletin

  • One life science and one physical science course; one of these must have a lab (one of the courses will count toward the natural science areas studies requirement)

  • Three state tests: the Test of Academic Proficiency, the Elementary/Middle Grades content test, and the grades K-9 Assessment of Professional Teaching

  • 100 hours of field experience

  • Professional portfolio

  • Clinical practice (one full semester) in an elementary or middle school classroom.

For more information about the elementary licensure program, see the School of Education  section of this bulletin.

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