Broadfield Science & Secondary Education (major)
What you will learn
When you choose a broadfield science major, you combine studies in science with a teaching concentration. For teaching requirements, see the entry under Education – Early Adolescence/ Adolescence Education.
You begin your major work with 16 credits of introductory biology and chemistry. Students who have taken advanced sciences in high school may be eligible to bypass some of these courses! This experience emphasizes the interrelatedness of science concepts and how one learns and does science. Your program of studies is designed to illustrate basic and intermediate science principles. You will also examine how those principles are applied across disciplines. In advanced courses, you will learn the significant theoretical frameworks of scientific thought. Throughout your coursework, you will be introduced to laboratory, field, descriptive, and experimental modes of data collection and analysis. You will gain experience in setting up experimental design strategies. The program places emphasis on the development of solid inquiry skills and on active and reflective learning. This is the kind of learning that nurtures your natural curiosity as a learner, and you will bring it forward into your own classroom in the future.
In the course of your studies you develop several key abilities:
- The ability to analyze. You learn to observe the natural world and draw inferences and meaning from the interplay of living and nonliving matter. You then learn to apply concepts of science to a range of examples.
- The ability to solve problems. You design and carry out experiments to expand your knowledge and experience. You develop critical-thinking skills in the effective use of scientific methodologies, data retrieval, charts, graphs, models, and computer simulations and in the analysis of data.
- The ability to deal responsibly with environmental and global issues. You explore the contexts in which scientists work. These may include the goals and values of your colleagues and students, or the conflicting needs and beliefs of whole cultures.
|Broadfield Science Major Beginning|
|Foundations of Biology|
and Foundations of Biology Lab
|Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules|
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
|Take one of the following:||4|
|Biology of Plants|
|Biology of Animals|
and Biology of Animals Lab
|Natural History of North America|
|Broadfield Science Major Intermediate|
and Microbiology Lab
|BI-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work||0|
|or CH-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work|
|CH-221||Organic Chemistry 1||3|
|or CH-234||Analytical Chemistry/Quantitative Analys|
|Chemistry of Inorganic Materials|
and Chemistry/Inorganic Materials - Lab
|PH-231||Algebra-Based Physics I||4|
|or PH-232||Algebra-Based Physics 2|
|or PH-241||Calculus-Based Physics 1|
|or PH-242||Calculus-Based Physics 2|
|MT-256||Probability and Statistics||4|
|Broadfield Science Major Advanced|
|Take one from:|
and Cellular Biology Lab
and Genetics Lab
|Take one from:|
and Biochemistry - Lab
|Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab|
|Formal Introduction to Advanced Work|
|Secondary Education Major Beginning|
|ED-116||Human Relations Workshop||3|
|ED-201S||Exploration Tchg, Lrng & Assess-SED||4|
|or PSY-110||Life Span Development|
|Secondary Education Major Intermediate|
|ED-321||Middle School Teaching & Field||4|
|ED-396||Introduction to Exceptional Learner||3|
|ED-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work||0|
|HS-308||US History 1607-1900||4|
|or HS-309||US in 20th Century|
|Secondary Education Support Advanced|
|ED-315S||Immersion in Tchg, Learng & Assess-SED||4|
|PST-329||Praxis II Prep Seminar||0|
|Directed Observation Teaching High Sch|
and Directed Observ/Teaching Middle Sch
|ED-475||Student Teaching Seminar||0|
|ED-477||Tchg Science/Middle-Secondary Schl||4|
Must be at least two credits.
For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.