Science

Teacher Certification in Basic Science

STUDENTS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SCIENCE ENDORSEMENT (5-12) IN BASIC SCIENCE and desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a Basic Science secondary endorsement must complete 34 s.h. in science to include:

  • SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy 3 s.h.
  • SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1 s.h.
  • SCIE2100 Earth Science 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics 4 s.h.
  • PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I 4 s.h.
  • PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II 1 s.h.
  • and the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course).

Courses in Science

SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy 3 s.h.
A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A

SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1 s.h.
Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and atronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A

SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science 3 s.h.
An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A, ELO6A Science - Peace

SCIE2000 Individual Study Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

+ SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A

SCIE3000 Individual Study  Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

SCIE3030 The Nature of Science 3 s.h.
An overview of the history and philosophy of science and an investigation of contemporary problems, issues, and concepts in the sciences. A study of the interrelatedness of the several fields of science as well as the relation of science to other areas of scholarship. Prerequisite: Any college biological or physical science course. Goal 1A

SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (Also MATH3360) 3 s.h.
A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites:  admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A

SCIE3900 Advanced Topics in Science 3 s.h.
Designed to cover current areas of advancement in biology, chemistry, and medicine. Topics will be selected from various areas such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular modeling, drug discovery and drug design, and disease pathology and therapeutic approaches (cancer, inflammatory and bone disorders, and AIDS). The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and journal article reviews/presentations. Prerequisites: BIOL1300 or CHEM1320 or Instructors consent. Goal 1A

SCIE4000 Individual Study Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

Support Courses for Science

BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution 3 s.h.
A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and theecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) 4 s.h.
A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330 or CHEM3410 (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I (3-2) 4 s.h.
An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wavemotion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II (3-2) 4 s.h.
A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of the general principles, theories, and methods of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the solving of mathematical problems. Intended for natural science majors and others who require a strong background in chemistry. Prerequisite: Two years of high school mathematics or MATH1280, and one year of high school chemistry or CHEM1330. Corequisite: CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I. Goal 1A

CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II (3-0) 3 s.h.
A continuation of CHEM1430. Includes semimicro methods of qualitative analysis and common gravimetric and volumetric methods of quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM1430/1431. Corequisite: CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II. Goal 1A

+Denotes an alternate year course.