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Department of Physics
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2920

Graduate Faculty

Dr. John Truedson (Coordinator;, Dr. David Bahr, Dr. Timothy Kroeger, Dr. Julie Larson, Dr. Gerald Morine, Dr. Kerry Openshaw, Dr. Elizabeth Rave

Degree Offered

Master Of Science - Science

The Science program provides a broad view of science necessary to an understanding of the interrelationship among the sciences. Study includes the strengthening of each student's undergraduate preparation with a focus on the science curriculum for grades 5-12. All Candidates must either demonstrate their research potential by contributing an original work to a science discipline, or show their ability to interpret science by preparing a research paper.

Preparation Requirements

Undergraduate teaching major in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, physical science, or broad science. Satisfactory performance on any departmental qualifying examination which may be required. The science program advisory committee may require papers and/or a conference as evidence of the applicant's depth of understanding in the basic sciences.

The applicant's undergraduate record will be used to determine course work deficiencies upon entering the program.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree and non-degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Professional Education Core

Note: ED 6108 has a prerequisite not required in this program.

ED 6100 Educational Research I (3 credits)
ED 6107 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
or ED 6108 The Learning Community (3 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

II. Required Science Education Core

SCI 6030 History and Philosophy of Science (2 credits)
SCI 6110 Science Technology and Society (2 credits)
SCI 6920 Directed Group Study: Seminar in Science Education (2 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

III. Required Science Electives

Select 18 credits from the following:

BIOL 6020 Biotechnology for Teachers (2 credits)
BIOL 6030 Field Biology (2 credits)
BIOL 6040 Anatomy for Teachers (2 credits)
BIOL 6050 Physiology for Teachers (2 credits)
BIOL 6660 Biogeography (3 credits)
GEOL 6010 Minnesota Geology (2 credits)
PHYS 6030 Electronics for Teachers (3 credits)
PHYS 6040 Optics for Teachers (3 credits)
PHYS 6050 Modern Physics for Teachers (3 credits)
SCI 6040 Construction and Use of Demonstration Apparatus (2 credits)
SCI 6120 Physical Science for Teachers I (2 credits)
SCI 6130 Physical Science for Teachers II (2 credits)
SCI 6210 Meteorology for Teachers (2 credits)
SCI 6220 Astronomy for Teachers (2 credits)
SCI 6250 Environmental Science (2 credits)
SCI 6300 Using Computers to Teach Science (2 credits)
Approved electives

Subtotal 18 Credits

IV. Research Requirements

SCI 6980 Research Paper (2 credits)
or SCI 6990 Thesis (4 credits)

Subtotal 2-4 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 32-34 Credits

Competency Requirement

A working knowledge of the applied statistics is required. This requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing SCI 6350 Computer Applications in Statistics.

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