Secondary Endorsement in Basic Science

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).

Requirements

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 requires a 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. Prerequisite: upperclassman.
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 - Astronomy
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 - College Chemistry
(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 all students.
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
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

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