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 secondary certification in a science specific content area (biology or chemistry).
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 courserequires a30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking anendorsement 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 orderto fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: upperclassman.
Earth/Space Science (6-8 credits)
Introduction to Earth Science
A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts inastronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include theinvestigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics arediscussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and anemphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies,and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christianperspective of our place in the universe. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math scoreof 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)
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
An introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with an examination ofthe processes common to living organisms and an introduction to thediversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction willprovide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cellstructure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle,meiosis, genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and Christianperspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option underScience and the Natural World) Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
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)
General Physics I
Though all students are welcome in this IGE physics course, this isthe first in a two course algebra-based sequence designed particularly forlife science majors and others intending to apply to medical or graduateschool. The course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonianmechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, and oscillations. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 109QR, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT570 or above), or consent of the department chair. (4 credits) (NWCoreoption under Science and the Natural World)Note: There is alaboratory component to this course.
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)
(4 credits)(IGE option under Science and the Natural World) This course isan introduction to inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on the health sciences. It is wellsuited for students whose programs require one year of chemistry.Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Open toall students.
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