Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science

Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science prepares students to become licensed teachers in secondary schools in the state of Iowa. The program provides a broad base in the sciences, with further specialization to allow for endorsements in biology, chemistry, or general science.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental content and processes in biology, chemistry, and general science;
  • Analyze science problems and interpret data using the scientific method;
  • Incorporate science processes using an interdisciplinary approach in biology, chemistry, and general science;
  • Relate science to the daily lives and interest of students through science instruction;
  • Demonstrate ability to organize, implement, and assess science programs;
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively plan and teach science in both the lecture and lab components; and
  • Use technology to help solve problems and communicate information.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 62 credits
  • Electives: 9 credits
  • Endorsement Requirements: credits depend on endorsement selection

Major Course Requirements (62 credits):

Core courses (15 credits):
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I (4 credits)
CHE 151 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
PHY 201 College Physics I (4 credits)
BIO 301 Science Seminar (3 credits)

Education Requirements (47 credits):
EDU 200 Introduction to Education (Elementary & Secondary) & Field Experience I (1 credit)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education (Preschool, Elementary, & Secondary) & Field Experience II (2 credits)
EDU 310 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (2 credits)
EDU 330 General Methods of Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 331 Practicum in Secondary General Methods Literature (1 credit)
EDU 340 Business Education Methods (3 credits)
EDU 341 Business Education Methods (1 credit)
EDU 370 Human Relations Skills for Educators (1 credit)
EDU 483 Student Teaching Science in the Secondary School (7 credits)
EDU 484 Student Teaching Science in the Secondary School (8 credits)
EDU 458 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
ERE 312 Reading in Secondary Education Content Areas (3 credits)
PSY 104 Child and Adolescent Development (3 credits)
PSY/ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavioral Management in the Classroom (3 credits)

Biology Endorsement

(20 additional credits – 4 credits may be completed within major course requirements)

Required course:
BIO 104 Principles of Biology II (4 credits)

Choose one course (4 credits) of the following:
BIO 205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 340 Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIO 342 Genetics & Immunology (4 credits)

Choose one course (3-4 credits) of the following:
BIO 101 Humanity & the Environment (4 credits)
BIO 210 Field Techniques Laboratory (4 credits)
BIO 300 Environmental Biology (3 credits)

Additional Endorsement Electives:
BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 204 Biology: Special Problems: Mu Sigma Eta (1 credit)
BIO 206 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
BIO 225 Medical Biology for Health Care (3 credits)
BIO 310 Field Experience for Biology (4 credits)

Chemistry Endorsement

(20 additional credits – 4 credits may be completed within major course requirements)

Required courses:
CHE 152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
CHE 203 Demonstrations for Teachers (3 credits)
CHE 301 Organic Chemistry I (5 credits)

Elective courses (Choose eight credits of the following):
CHE 302 Organic Chemistry II (5 credits)
CHE 306 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
CHE 313 Nuclear Chemistry (3 credits)
CHE 315 Quantitative Chemistry (4 credits)

General Science Endorsement:

This endorsement can be earned with 8 additional hours in biology, chemistry, or physics after completing the major core requirements. Students in this degree program must also satisfy requirements for admission to the College of Education's Practitioner Preparation Program, must be accepted into student teaching, and must successfully complete all other requirements for Iowa licensure. Please refer to the Practitioner Preparation Handbook. Requirements from the Iowa Department of Education may be added or changed at any time.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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