Science for Teachers (minor)

What you will study

In this support area, you use inquiry skills, active learning strategies, and reflective logs to develop the kind of teaching skills that nurture the natural curiosity of children. The study of mathematics is integrated to emphasize measurement and other quantitative and analytic skills. Computer programs assist in data gathering, data analysis, and graphic display.

With this support area, and a major in early/middle childhood education or in middle childhood/early adolescence education, you can work as a science education resource person for other science teachers at the elementary or middle school level. You might also serve as a leader in developing and selecting curricular materials and related assessments that are standards-based. You will be more aware of the importance of science as one of the “ways of knowing.”

The program includes coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.

Science Support for Teachers Beginning
Foundations of Biology
and Foundations of Biology Lab
Take one of the following:3-4
Biology of Plants
Biology of Animals
Natural History of North America
Science Support for Teachers Intermediate
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
GE-220Earth Science4
Science Support for Teachers Advanced
PH-231Algebra-Based Physics I4
Take one additional BI or CH course at the 200/300 level

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.