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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
or CH-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work
CH-221Organic Chemistry 13
or CH-234 Analytical Chemistry/Quantitative Analys
Chemistry of Inorganic Materials
and Chemistry/Inorganic Materials - Lab
GE-220Earth Science4
PH-231Algebra-Based Physics I4
or PH-232 Algebra-Based Physics 2
or PH-241 Calculus-Based Physics 1
or PH-242 Calculus-Based Physics 2
MT-256Probability and Statistics4
Broadfield Science Major Advanced
Take one from:
Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Lab
Genetics Lecture
and Genetics Lab
Take one from:
and Biochemistry - Lab
Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab
Formal Introduction to Advanced Work
Environmental Geology
Secondary Education Major Beginning
ED-116Human Relations Workshop3
ED-201SExploration Tchg, Lrng & Assess-SED4
Praxis I/Core
PED-150Human Development4
or PSY-110 Life Span Development
Secondary Education Major Intermediate
ED-220Interview Assessment0
ED-321Middle School Teaching & Field4
ED-396Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
ED-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
HS-308US History 1607-19004
or HS-309 US in 20th Century
Secondary Education Support Advanced
ED-315SImmersion in Tchg, Learng & Assess-SED4
PST-329Praxis II Prep Seminar0
Praxis II
ED-420Portfolio/Interview Assessment0
Directed Observation Teaching High Sch
and Directed Observ/Teaching Middle Sch
ED-475Student Teaching Seminar0
ED-477Tchg Science/Middle-Secondary Schl4

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.