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Natural Science

Program Director: Barbara J. May

The natural science major is designed to accommodate a student who has a broader interest in the areas of science. This major is especially appropriate for students desiring to continue their education in a variety of science or medically-related fields. These fields include the health professions, teaching at various levels, agricultural and environmental pursuits, geology, law, economics, government positions, industrial research and other opportunities. It is highly recommended that those students interested in obtaining the 5-8 Science Education Licensure plus a 9-12 Chemistry or Biology or Physics Licensure, obtain a Natural Science major. The exact sequence of studies must be chosen carefully in consultation with an appropriate faculty advisor in the natural sciences.

Assessment

Natural Science majors are required to complete an on-line survey when they apply to the major and a follow-up survey during their senior year. Upon completion of the capstone requirement, student papers are also analyzed for how well goals were met for the major. They are also required to take the Major Field Test in their area of concentration during the last semester of their senior year.

Major

The natural science major offers several concentrations: a concentration in natural science and a concentration in natural science/secondary education. Students need to fulfill the mathematics proficiency requirement before they can be admitted to the major. 

Concentration in Natural Science (54 credits*)

Requirements for the NS major are listed here in the Academic Catalog. Please contact the Director of the Natural Science major, Barbara J. May, if you have any questions.

Lower Division Breadth (24 credits)

Required Courses:

Two courses (8 credits) from three of the following areas:

  • ASTR 211, 212
  • BIOL 121, 221, 222 or BIOL 101 and 201
  • CHEM 125 (lab course 201 is also required), and 250 (along with the required lab course 202) or 255 (along with the required lab course 205).
  • CSCI 140, 150, 160
  • ENVR 175, 275
  • MATH 119 or 118 (not both), 120, 124
  • NUTR 125, 225
  • PHYS 105, 106; or 191, 200 

Upper Division Depth (20 credits)

Twenty credits from the following, including a minimum of four credits from each of two disciplines.

  • BIOL, BCHM, CHEM, CSCI, MATH and PHYS: any 300-level courses except capstone courses; ESSS 306, 308
  • Designated upper-division science courses in Environmental Studies (ENVR 300-Topics in Environmental Studies-Natural Science or ENVR 300G: Science of Global Climate Change)
  • NUTR 301, 330, and 331 or other designated upper-division science courses in Nutrition approved by the Natural Science Program Director

Additional Coursework (8 credits)

At least eight additional credits from the natural sciences and mathematics. 100-level courses in this category must be selected from the courses listed above; any 200-level and 300-level courses in the natural sciences may be counted toward this requirement. In many cases, these courses will be 200-level courses needed to bridge to the 300-level in the student's chosen upper-division areas.

The Capstone (2 credits)

One of the following:

  • NATS 378 -- Senior Capstone in Natural Science
  • NATS 398 --Honors Thesis
  • Another capstone approved by the faculty advisor and the program director

Special Requirements:
*For the "three-one" program in dentistry (see listing under "Pre-Professional Programs"), the requirements for a natural science major will be fulfilled by meeting the lower-division requirements in biology, physics, and one course in mathematics plus four semesters of chemistry; a minimum of two upper-division science electives; and credits from the first year of professional school (when transferred back to Saint Benedict's or Saint John's).

Suggestions:
Students whose interests lie primarily in biology and chemistry should begin with BIOL 121, 221, or 222 and CHEM 125, 201, and 250, 202. If inclined toward a physics concentration, students should begin with PHYS 191, 200 and MATH 119, 120.

Concentration in Natural Science/Secondary Education

Lower Division Breadth (24 credits)

Two courses (8 credits) from three of the following areas:

  • ASTR 211, 212
  • BIOL 121, 221, 222 or BIOL 101, 201
  • CHEM 125 (lab course 201 is also required) and 255 (along with the required lab course 205)
  • ENVR 175, 275
  • MATH 119 or 118 (not both), 120, 124
  • PHYS 105, 106; or 191, 200

Students seeking licensure in secondary science education will need to choose their lower-division breadth courses carefully; not all the courses listed above can be applied to meeting the standards for licensure. These students should consult with the Chair of the Education Department as soon as possible to plan an approved program of study and practice leading to teacher licensure. For further details, see the section on Requirements for Licensure in Secondary Science Education as part of the Concentration in Natural Science below.

Upper Division Depth (20 credits)

Twenty credits from the following, including a minimum of four credits from each of two disciplines.

  • BIOL, BCHM, CHEM, CSCI, MATH and PHYS: any 300-level courses except capstone courses
  • Designated upper-division science courses in Environmental Studies (ENVR 300-Topics in Environmental Studies-Natural Science or ENVR 300G: Science of Global Climate Change)
  • EDUC 355 Pedagogy in Grades 9-12 for Science or EDUC 358 Mid-Level Literacy and Pedagogy in Science, but not both. (Students seeking dual licensure may need to take both courses, but only one may be counted toward the major.)

The Capstone (1 or 2 credits)

One of the following:

  • NATS 379 -- Senior Capstone in Natural Science Education (Science Education minors only)
  • NATS 398 --Honors Thesis
  • Another capstone approved by the faculty advisor and the program director

Requirements for Science Education Licensure as part of the Concentration in Natural Science/Science Education

Students interested in teaching science in Minnesota's public schools must meet Minnesota's teacher licensure standards by completing required education department courses and clinical experiences that conform to those standards. While preparation for teacher licensure does not usually require additional natural science courses, students may need a ninth semester to complete student teaching, enroll for more than 16 credits during some semesters, or complete summer courses to meet licensure requirements. Consult with the colleges' Natural Science Program Director or Education Department Chairperson as soon as possible to plan an approved program of study and practice leading to teacher licensure.

  • Those who only seek a grade five through eight (middle school) general science teaching license will ordinarily complete a natural science major in addition to selected courses and experiences as part of an education minor, thereby demonstrating the knowledge and skills required for teaching middle school general science.
  • Those who only seek a grade nine through twelve (high school) teaching license in chemistry, life science or physics will complete a natural science major or a major in the appropriate discipline along with an education minor, which together provide opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for a license to teach high school chemistry, life science, or physics.
  • Prospective teachers who seek to teach both middle school (5-8) general science and high school chemistry, life science or physics (9-12) will complete a natural science major and an education minor which together provide opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for a license to teach both middle school general science and high school chemistry, life science, or physics.

Review the general requirements for licensure by consulting the Education Department Handbook at http://www.csbsju.edu/education/curriculum/general-science-5-8

Licensure in 5-8 Science Education
All of the following courses must be completed as part of the major (40-44 credits):

  • ASTR 211
  • BIOL 121, 221, 222 or BIOL 102, 201 and 202
  • CHEM 125, 201, 255, 205
  • ENVR 175
  • PHYS 105, 106
  • EDUC 358 for mid-level science pedagogy
  • Suggested mathematics courses: MATH 118, 119 or 124 

Education Requirements for 5-8 Licensure
EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 310, 358, 359, 362, 390, and fulfillment of speech requirement.

9-12 Licensure in Chemistry
All of the following courses must be included in the major (16 credits)

  • CHEM 125, 201, and 255, 205
  • CHEM 250 and 202 Reactivity I
  • CHEM 251 Reactivity II
  • CHEM 335 Analytical Chemistry  
  • EDUC 355 for 9-12 science pedagogy

9-12 Licensure in Biology
One course from each of the following areas must be included in the major (24 credits):

  • BIOL 121, 122, and 222 or BIOL 101, 201, and 202
  • BIOL 305 or 307
  • BIOL 316
  • BIOL 323 or 327
  • BIOL 334, 336 or 337
  • BIOL 339
  • EDUC 355 for 9-12 science pedagogy

9-12 Licensure in Physics
All of the following courses must be included in the major (36-38 credits):

  • PHYS 191, 200
  • PHYS 211, 320
  • PHYS 332 (0-1 credit, 2 semesters)
  • MATH 119, 120 
  • MATH 239, 337
  • EDUC 355 for 9-12 science pedagogy

Education Requirements for 9-12 Licensure Areas

  • EDUC: 109, 111, 203, 213, 310, 352, 355, 359, 362, 390, and fulfillment of speech requirement.

Minor (None)

Courses (NATS)