Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

The Bachelor of Science in Natural Science degree offers students an opportunity to tailor their education to their specific career goals within the science area. It provides a basic background in biology and chemistry that can then be expanded upon for students considering health care or research professions.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Natural Science program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper experimental and scientific methodologies including laboratory and safety skills;
  • Demonstrate critical reading, thinking and communication skills using language specific to the sciences;
  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of material and information in the natural sciences for a career in the scientific or health-related fields;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reading skills in the analysis of data using appropriate technology to their field; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge into a personalized emerging body of scientific knowledge.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 37 credits
  • Additional Requirements: 26 credits
  • Electives: 8 credits

Major Course Requirements (37 credits):
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 104 Principles of Biology II (4 credits)
BIO 205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 206 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
CHE 151 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHE 152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
One introductory statistics course (3 credits)
ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing (3 credits)
NAT / BIO 301 Science Seminar (3 credits)
NAT / BIO 498 Senior Thesis I (2 credits)
NAT / BIO 499 Senior Thesis II (2 credits)

Additional Requirements (26 credits):
26 additional credits in BIO, CHE, PHY, or MAT, numbered 200 or above beyond General Education requirements; 3 of these courses must be 300-level or above.

Education Endorsements for Bachelor of Science in Natural Science Majors
Endorsements are possible in Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry with Physics option, Bio-Chem Combo, or General Science.

Education Major Requirements (47 credits):
EDU 200 Introduction to Education & Field Experience I (1 credit)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education & 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: Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 346 Secondary Education: Science Methods (3 credits)
EDU 347 Practicum: Secondary Science (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 & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
PSY/ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavior Management in the Classroom (3 credits)

In addition to meeting the requirements enumerated previously, students seeking licensure in the state of Iowa must also satisfy requirements for admission to the College of Education's Practitioner Preparation Program, acceptance into student teaching, and successfully complete all other requirements for Iowa licensure. Please refer to the Practitioner Preparation Handbook. Additional requirements from the Iowa Department of Education may be added at any time.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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