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Science Education

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Walkways to Science Building

Science Education - SCED Courses

Courses (SCED)


UPPER DIVISION


302. Elementary School Science Workshop (3)
Prerequisites: SCED 401.
Practicum on development and use of “hands-on” elementary school science teaching/learning activities, units, and learning centers.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., workshop 2 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

 

401. A Process Approach to Science (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 200; PHSC 112; GEOL 102, 104; all with a “C” or better grade.
Processes of science as they relate to life, earth, and physical sciences. Practical approaches to understanding how science works modeled and integrated throughout.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

 

403. Integrated Science (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of all credential breadth requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program in Science, three-fourths of the credential specializations courses, and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to students who intend to pursue a Single Subject Credential in Science.
Requires presentations, discussions, critical evaluation by students on selected interdisciplinary topics in sciences, and field work in integrated science assignments.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

404. The Nature of Science and Scientific Reasoning for Teachers (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of at least three-fourths of the credential specialization courses for Single Subject Teaching Credential in science and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to students who intend to pursue a Single Subject Credential in Science.
Course has three aims. The first is students better understand nature of science – its history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Second, students better understand methods of science and how to critically evaluate reports about scientific investigations. Finally, students learn how to apply these understanding to the 6-12 classroom.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

*475. Teaching and Learning Science, K-8 (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
Methods for teaching elementary school science. Development of sequenced, integrated inquiry-based science lessions addressing the needs of all learners.
60 contact hours, however, actual contact vary as course is offered with an on-line distance component (see Schedule of Classes footnote). TPA Task 3 completion partial fulfillment of course. 10 hours minimum of fieldwork in classrooms where at least 25% of students are classified as English learners, or concurrent enrollment in EDEL 482.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Same course as EDEL 475. (Lecture 2 hrs., activity 2 hrs.)

 

490. Special Topics in Science Education (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Topics in Science Education. Course content will vary from section to section.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units with different topics in different semesters with consent of instructor. Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 1-3 hrs.)

 

496. Directed Studies in Science Education (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Supervised study of current topics in science education.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units with different topics in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

 

GRADUATE LEVEL


500. Life Science Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
Prerequisites: Admission to M.S. in Science Education program; BIOL 200.
Emphasizes major themes and processes in life sciences, focusing on deepening understanding of concepts and approaches to teaching material in K-8. Approaches to developing/teaching inquiry-based/experiential learning units in biology modeled and integrated throughout course.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hrs.)

 

501. Earth Sciences Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. in Science Education program and GEOL 102+104 or GEOL 106.
Investigates earth science topics with focus on deepening connections between concepts in earth science and matter and energy cycling, providing applications of earth science concepts and activities in K-8 classrooms and schools.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

502. Physical Science Applications for K-8 Teachers (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Science Education program; PHSC 112.
Investigates physical science topics with focus on deepening students’ science understanding while showcasing applications of physical science for students’ personal lives and their K-8 classrooms and schools.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

550. Current Issues and Research in Science Education (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Science Education program. SCED 550 is a core course in the M.S. in Science Education.
Introduces students to body of research and practical knowledge shared by science education community. Includes choosing, studying, and discussing articles from science education literature relevant to key issues in science education. Course requirements include attending science teacher’s conventions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

551. Science Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Models (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Science Education program and SCED 550. SCED 551 is a core course in the M.S. in Science Education.
Introduces students to professional literature about science teaching and learning. Traces historical development of elementary/secondary science curriculum models. Students examine role science and education organizations played in reforming science curriculum, and analyze curricula from variety of teaching/learning perspectives.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

552. Nature of Science (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Science Education program and SCED 550.
A core course in the M.S. in Science Education. Looks at science from historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Examines perceptions of science and scientists, especially views of science in different cultures and times. Discusses using these perspectives to teach students about nature of science.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

553. Science Learning in Informal Settings (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to Science Education M.S. program; consent of instructor. SCED 553 is a core course required of all Science Education M.S. candidates who have declared an option in informal science learning.
Examines unique characteristics of non-school learning settings and how they promote (or hinder) scientific understanding. These ‘non-school settings’ include science museums, zoos, aquaria, nature center and even homes, where media such as television and the Internet play a prominent role. Multiple theoretical perspectives will be examined. Students will engage in their own research project in order to better understand an informal learning.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.)

 

697. Directed Research (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and admission to M.S. in Science Education program.
Independent investigation of a research problem or directed project, under the direction of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units with different topics in the same semester. Letter grade only (A-F).

 

698. Thesis (1-3)
Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy for the M.S. in Science Education, 18 units of coursework required for M.S. Science Education completed, and consent of the chair of the thesis committee.
Planning, preparation, and completion of the thesis project in Science Education.
Letter grade only (A-F).