Science Education Program

The Science Education program is intended for students planning to be certified to teach Science in the Texas public school system as well as private schools.

The General Science 4-8 degree prepares students to teach grade-appropriate Science in 4th thru 8th grade in subjects such as General Biology, General Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, General Physics, and Astronomy.

The Life Science 7-12 degrees prepare students to teach grades 7-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Biology, Anatomy, Animal Science, Plant & Soil Science, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, Medical Microbiology, and Forensic Science.

The Physical Science 6-12 degree prepares students to teach grades 6-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Design & Problem Solving, and Scientific Research & Design.

The Science Composite 7-12 degree prepares students to teach grades 7-12 in class assignments such as: Science, Biology, Animal Science, Plant & Soil Science, Anatomy, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, Forensic Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Design & Problem Solving, Scientific Research & Design, Astronomy, Earth & Space Science, and Environmental Systems.

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Andrea Jensen-Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Andrea Jensen

Associate Professor of Biology, Head of Biology department 325-670-1382

Majors

  • General Science 4-8 (B.B.S.)
  • Life Sciences Composite 7-12 (B.A.)
  • Life Sciences Composite 7-12 (B.S.)
  • Physical Sciences Composite 6-12 (B.S.)
  • Science Composite 7-12 (B.S.)

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Why Study Science Education at HSU?

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Rich and Diverse Curriculum

The Science Education program offers students a vast curriculum with courses in pre-engineering, astronomy, forensic science, acoustics, dinosaurs and volcanoes, drugs, and society, etc... and teacher preparation for all areas of science and mathematics.

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Extensive Research and Analysis

The College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies supports excellence in scholarly pursuits that explore complex issues related to science education.

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Program Details

General Science 4-8 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

MATH 1310 College Algebra………………………………………… 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

See Major ………………………………………………………………….. 0

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………….. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI……………………………….. 9

Total Core (45 credits)

Major:  General Science (51 credits)

BIOL 1306/1106 General Biology I with Lab…………………………. 4

BIOL 1307/1107 General Biology II with Lab………………………… 4

BIOL 3410 Ecology………………………………………………………… 4

CHEM 1310/1110 General Chemistry I……………………………….. 4

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry II………………………………. 4

ENVS 4311 Environmental Science…………………………………….. 3

GEOL 1303/1103 Intro to Geology…………………………………….. 4

GEOL 1411 Historical Geology………………………………………….. 4

GEOL 3301 Oceanography………………………………………………. 3

MATH 1311 Trigonometry………………………………………………. 3

PHYS 1310/1110 General Physics I…………………………………….. 4

PHYS 1311/111 General Physics II……………………………………… 4

PHSC 3301 Astronomy……………………………………………………. 3

Choose one  BIOL 3307, BIOL 4340, GEOL 3305, GEOL 4315, ENVS 3308 or ENVS 4308     3

Education (30 Credits)

ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary……………………………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development…………………………. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment……………………………….. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………… 3

EDUC 4371 Organization/Management for Teaching……………… 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4626 Stu. Teach. in Middle School…………………………….. 6

READ 3364 Develop Comprehensive/Inquiry Skills…………………. 3

READ 3395 Reading for Diverse Cultures…………………………….. 3

Technology Competency

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Total 129

Physical Science 6-12 BS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See Major…………………………………………………………………. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology………………………………………. 3

Total Core (36 credits)

Physical Sciences  (57 credits)

BIOL 3410 Ecology……………………………………………………………. 4

CHEM 1310/1110 General Chemistry I…………………………………. 4

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry II………………………………… 4

CHEM 3401/3402 Organic Chemistry I/II………………………………. 8

CHEM 3410 Quantitative Analysis/Electrochemistry……………….. 4

ENVS 4308 Water Resource Management…………………………….. 3

ENVS 4311 Environmental Science………………………………………. 3

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology………………………………………. 4

PHYS 1320/1120 Physics for Science./Engineers. I………………….. 4

PHYS 1321/1121 Physics for Science./Engineers II………………….. 4

PHYS 2410 Modern Physics………………………………………………… 4

PHSC 3301 Astronomy………………………………………………………. 3

MATH 1420 Calculus I……………………………………………………….. 4

MATH 1421 Calculus II………………………………………………………. 4

(Minimum 2.80 GPA in each field of study – CHEM, PHYS, GEOL–required to sit for TExES)

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency and Electives (7 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………………. 3

Electives…………………………………………………………………………. 4

Total 124

Life Science 7-12 BA

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See Major…………………………………………………………………. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology………………………………………. 3

Foreign Language (12)

One language………………………………………………………………… 12

Total Core (48 credits)

Life Science (57 credits)

BIOL 1306/1106 General Biology I with Lab…………………………… 4

BIOL 1307/1107 General Biology II with Lab………………………….. 4

BIOL 2334 Introduction to Research Methods……………………….. 3

BIOL 3410 General Ecology………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3411 Genetics…………………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3420 General Microbiology…………………………………………. 4

BIOL 2402/2403Anatomy/Physiology or……………………………….. 8

BIOL 3417/3418 Physiology/Anatomy

(two additional upper level hours of BIOL required if 2402/2403 taken)

BIOL 4455 Adaptation and Phylogeny………………………………….. 4

CHEM 1310/1110 General Chemistry I…………………………………. 4

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry II………………………………… 4

6 credits from the following……………………………………………….. 6

MATH 1310 College Algebra, MATH 1311 Trigonometry,

MATH 1420 Calculus I, MATH 1421 Calculus II

PHYS 1310/1110 General Physics I………………………………………. 4

PHYS 1311/1111 General Physics II……………………………………… 4

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Total 132

Life Science 7-12 BS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See Major…………………………………………………………………. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

ECON, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, or PHIL…………………………………………. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology………………………………………. 3

Total Core (36 credits)

Life Science (57 credits)

BIOL 1306/1106 General Biology I with Lab…………………………… 4

BIOL 1307/1107 General Biology II with Lab………………………….. 4

BIOL 2334 Introduction to Research Methods……………………….. 3

BIOL 3410 General Ecology………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3411 Genetics…………………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3420 General Microbiology…………………………………………. 4

**BIOL 2402/2403Anatomy/Physiology OR…………………………… 8

BIOL 3417/3418 Physiology/Anatomy

BIOL 4455 Adaptation and Phylogeny………………………………….. 4

CHEM 1310/1110 General Chemistry I…………………………………. 4

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry II………………………………… 4

6 credits from the following……………………………………………….. 6

MATH 1310 College Algebra, MATH 1311 Trigonometry,

MATH 1420 Calculus I, MATH 1421 Calculus II

PHYS 1310/1110 General Physics I………………………………………. 4

PHYS 1311/1111 General Physics II……………………………………… 4

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency and Electives

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Electives…………………………………………………………………………. 7

Total 124

Science Composite 7-12 BS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

See Major…………………………………………………………………. 0

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology………………………………………. 3

Total Core (36 credits)

Sciences  (67 credits)

CHEM 1310/1110 General Chemistry I…………………………………. 4

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry II………………………………… 4

CHEM 3401 Organic Chemistry I………………………………………….. 4

CHEM 3410 Quantitative Analysis/Electrochemistry……………….. 4

BIOL 1306/1106 General Biology I with Lab…………………………… 4

BIOL 1307/1107 General Biology II with Lab………………………….. 4

BIOL 3410 General Ecology………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3411 Genetics…………………………………………………………… 4

BIOL 3420 General Microbiology…………………………………………. 4

BIOL 4455 Adaptation and Phylogeny………………………………….. 4

ENVS 4311 Environmental Science………………………………………. 3

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology………………………………………. 4

GEOL 3301 Oceanography…………………………………………………. 3

PHYS 1310/1110 General Physics I………………………………………. 4

PHYS 1311/1111 General Physics II……………………………………… 4

PHSC 3301 Astronomy………………………………………………………. 3

MATH 1310 College Algebra………………………………………………. 3

MATH 1311 Trigonometry…………………………………………………. 3

(Minimum 2.80 GPA in each field of study –CHEM, PHYS, GEOL–required to sit for TExES)

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency (3 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………………. 3

Total 130

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification test for one of the following certifications: General Science 4-8, Physical Sciences Composite 6-12, Life Science 7-12, or Science Composite 7-12. These certifications lead to Science teaching positions in 4th Grade thru 12th Grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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