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 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)
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 inastronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include theinvestigational 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 ineither MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math scoreof 22 (SAT550 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits) (NWCoreoption 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 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.
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
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the NaturalWorld) 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 109, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT570 or above), or consent of the department chair.
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 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.
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