This endorsement leads to licensure to teach general science, physical science, basic integrated science and middle school science. This endorsement requires completion of majors in secondary education and in a science specific content area (biology or chemistry).
NSC 308 -
Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the techniques
and materials for teaching natural science at
the secondary school level (for biology and chemistry majors). This course
30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an
endorsement in this content area.
Notes: Does not count toward the major or minor. See course
offeringsi under biology, chemistry and physics. Students
must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order
to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure.
Earth/Space Science (6-8 credits)
NSC 101 -
Introduction to Earth Science
A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
PHY 160SN -
Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts in
astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include the
investigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics are
discussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and an
emphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies,
and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christian
perspective of our place in the universe. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math score
of 22 (SAT550 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)
Note: There is a laboratory/observation component to this course.
Life Science/Biology (6-8 credits)
BIO 115SN -
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
An introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with an examination of
the processes common to living organisms and an introduction to the
diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will
provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell
structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle,
meiosis, genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and Christian
perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option under
Science and the Natural World) Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
BIO 116 -
General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
General Biology II is an introduction to organismal biology emphasizing the diversity of life forms. Representative organisms from the plant and animal kingdoms will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)
Physical Science (6-8 credits)
PHY 111SN -
General Physics I
Though all students are welcome in this IGE physics course, this is
the first in a two course algebra-based sequence designed particularly for
life science majors and others intending to apply to medical or graduate
school. The course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian
mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, and oscillations.
Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 109QR, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT
570 or above), or consent of the department chair. (4 credits) (NWCore
option under Science and the Natural World)
Note: There is a
laboratory component to this course.
PHY 112 -
General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)
Chemistry (6-8 credits)
CHE 101SN -
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) This course is
an introduction to inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on the health sciences. It is well
suited for students whose programs require one year of chemistry.
Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Open to
CHE 102 -
An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE101.(4 credits)
Total credits required: 28-36