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2013-2014 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Science Teaching Major, B.A./B.S.

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51 hours (in either a single or dual licensure option)

Students who wish to prepare for careers as science teachers at the secondary school level may choose the science teaching major. This major is designed to meet the Indiana Professional Standards Board (IPSB) requirements for teaching licensure in one or more of the following areas: biology (life sciences), earth/space sciences, chemistry, and physics. The science teaching major is comprised of coursework in three areas:

  • The University Core Curriculum requirements that all USI students must fulfill.
  • The science and mathematics courses required to provide the content knowledge necessary for achievement of teaching licensure.
  • The professional education requirements in the Secondary Education Licensure Minor , which students in all teacher education programs must fulfill.

Science teaching majors select either a single licensure option or a dual licensure option. The single licensure option explores one content area in depth.  The dual licensure option requires content areas, but they are explored less in depth than the single option.  If the required courses for the chosen licensure area(s) total less than 51 hours, advisor approved electives must be chosen to total 51 hours.

Teaching Major Grade & GPA Requirement

Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.

Single Licensure Option

Dual Licensure Option

Students selecting the dual licensure option must complete the requirements for TWO of the areas listed below:

Chemistry Certification (27-28 hours)

Earth/Space Science Certification (24 hours)

Physics Certification (22 hours)

Secondary Education Licensure minor

Students seeking a teaching major that leads to licensure as a secondary school teacher (grades 5-12) are required to complete the Secondary Education Licensure Minor .

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