Program Overview

(Life Sciences Licensure Grades 5-12)

The life sciences teaching major provides students with the science content coursework necessary for obtaining the Minnesota Science Teaching License with Life Science Specialty.

This license provides certification to teach life science classes in grades 9-12 and science classes in grades 5-8 including earth science and physical science. Students seeking licensure must complete the Life Sciences Education program which includes the Life Sciences Teaching Major and additional requirements and coursework through the university's School of Urban Education. Contact the School of Urban Education for information about the program requirements.

The Life Sciences Teaching major provides a broad foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and mathematics followed by advanced study in biology.

Each student must complete at least 46 credits in the major including at least 18 upper division credits and at least 23 credits from Metropolitan State University. All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above.

Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Natural Science Department. Each foundation science course must include at least one semester credit of professionally supervised on-ground laboratory experience with standard undergraduate laboratory equipment and materials. Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses are not accepted as equivalent to upper-division courses and cannot be used to fulfill upper division core requirements in the major.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Life Sciences Teaching major (Grades 5-12), students must submit a College Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when they have completed all of the requirements from the Guide to Admission in the Urban Teacher Program.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Teaching Licensure Grades 5-12

Students completing the teaching major who wish to earn Minnesota Teaching Licensure for secondary education (grades 5-12) can do so by completing additional course work through the university's School of Urban Education. Please note that the School of Urban Education has the primary responsibility for recommending students for licensure.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Life Sciences Teaching Prerequisites

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MATH 115 College Algebra
      4 credits

      This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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    • MATH 120 Precalculus
      4 credits

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the algebra of functions; multiple function representations; and an introduction to analytic geometry.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Life Sciences Teaching Foundation Courses (20 credits)

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Life Sciences Teaching Core Courses (18-28 credits)

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Life Sciences Teaching Core Courses

One lower-division physics course or set of courses:eEither PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics or both PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 Calculus Based Physics I and II.

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Life Sciences Teaching Teaching Methods (8 credits)

  • SCED 445 The Practice of Science
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the nature and history of science and the implications for the teaching of science in urban middle and high schools. It examines scientific methods, the research processes in science and scientific literature. Students study the historical development of the major themes in science and the learning of those concepts by K-12 students. They also complete a science research project. It is intended for students pursuing science teaching licensure.

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  • SCED 450 Science Methods for Urban Grades 5-12 Classrooms and Lab
    4 credits

    This course prepares students to become effective science teachers in urban middle and high schools. It examines learning methods, content standards, and concept development. Participants develop skills at lesson and unit planning, delivering instruction, leading inquiry activities, and assessing learning in all areas of secondary science. It is intended for students pursuing middle school or high school science licensure. It should be taken shortly before student teaching.

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