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SCIE: Science Education Courses

The following is a list of courses offered and taught by faculty in the Science Education program. For the most accurate information about the availability of courses in each semester, consult the most current registration schedule.

Undergraduate Courses

2123. Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher (1) (F,S)

For prospective teachers. Minimum of 16 hours of directed observations and planned participation in appropriate school environments and 8 hours of seminar class instruction in the teaching area. Introduction to teaching of science.

3100. Creativity and Inventiveness in Science (3) (S)

Theories of creativity. Creation and/or invention of product or project unique to student’s academic major. Development and practice of creative abilities.

3216. Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS)

Issues and concerns in elementary science education. Planning and teaching in field-based setting.

3323. Introduction to Teaching in the High School Science Classroom (3) (S)

P: SCIE 2123. Practicum addressing local, state, and national standards applicable for science teachers. Focus on lesson planning and classroom challenges.

3350, 3351. Descriptive Astronomy (4,0) (F)

3 hours lecture and 1 hour lab per week. Introductory astronomy for prospective teachers, liberal arts majors, and others.

3360, 3361. Physical Meteorology (4,0) (S)

Two 2-hour lectures/labs per week. P: CHEM 1150; MATH 1085; PHYS 1250, 1260. Principles and concepts for understanding atmosphere and various meteorological phenomena taking place in it. Phenomena explained using basic principles of radiation, thermodynamics, statics, and buoyancy.

3602. Investigations in Physical and Earth Science (4) (F,S,SS)

Two 2-hour lectures/labs per week. Series of selected topics and investigations in physical and earth sciences. Science concepts treated in depth. Emphasis on role of investigative approach.

3604. Investigations in Life and Environmental Science (4) (F,S,SS)

Two 2-hour lectures/labs per week. Development of skills in utilizing living organisms and school yard environment to provide learning experiences for children.

4000. Biological Science Practicum for Secondary Teachers (1)

One 2-hour lab per week. P: Minimum of 16 s.h. of biology, earth science, or physical science. Aids in-service and prospective science teachers.

4010. Earth Science Practicum for Secondary Teachers (1)

One 2-hour lab per week. P: Minimum of 16 s.h. of biology, earth science, or physical science. Aids in-service and prospective science teachers.

4020. Physical Science Practicum for Secondary Teachers (1)

One 2-hour lab per week. P: Minimum of 16 s.h. of biology, earth science, or physical science. Aids in-service and prospective science teachers.

4030. Technology in Science Teaching (3) (F)

P: Admission to upper division; SCIE 3323. Experience using digital technology to conduct scientific inquiry in a science classroom.

4319. Teaching Science in the Middle Grades (3)

10 to 12 hours of field experience per week. P: Admission to upper division; EDUC 3200; MIDG 3010, 3022; SCIE 3602, 3604; or consent of instructor; C: MIDG 4001, 4010; ENED or HIED or MATE or MIDG 4319. Methods and techniques of teaching biological, physical, and earth sciences.

4323. The Teaching of Science in High School (3) (WI) (F)

P: Admission to upper division. Methods and techniques of teaching biological, physical, and earth sciences.

4324. Internship in Science Education (10) (S)

Full-time, semester-long internship. P: Admission to upper division; SCIE 4323; C: SCIE 4325. Internship under direction of master teacher and university supervisor in assigned school.

4325. Internship Seminar: Issues in Science Education (1) (S)

P: Admission to upper division; C: SCIE 4324. Reflective study of issues and concerns encountered in internship experience.

5000. Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Biological Science (3)

P: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; or equivalent; minimum of 16 s.h. in BIOL. Effective teaching in biology using current curricula materials. Emphasis on investigative nature of biology.

5010. Applications of Microcomputers in Teaching Physical Science (3)

2 1-hour lectures and 1 2-hour lab per week. Use of microcomputer to assist in teaching physical science. Topics include operation of microcomputer, review and evaluation of available software, and computer techniques to illustrate physical science concepts.

5020. Applications of Microcomputers in Teaching Biological Science (3)

Use of microcomputer to assist in teaching biological science. Topics include operation of microcomputer, review and evaluation of available software, and computer techniques to illustrate biological concepts.

5990. Apprenticeship Science (3)

Direct supervision in lab procedures by members of science staff.

SCIE Banked Courses

1270. Physical Science for Elementary Education Majors (3)

1271. Physical Science for Elementary Education Majors Laboratory (1)

1280. Life and Environmental Science for Elementary Education Majors (3)

1281. Life and Environmental Science for Elementary Education Majors Laboratory (1)

2110, 2111. Elements of Photography (2,0)

3010, 3011. Nature Photography (3,0)

3110, 3111. Scientific Photography (3,0)

Graduate Level Courses

SCIE 5000. Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Biological Science (3)

P: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; or equivalent; minimum of 16 s.h. in BIOL. Effective teaching in biology using current curricula materials. Emphasis on investigative nature of biology.

SCIE 5010. Applications of Microcomputers in Teaching Physical Science (3)

2 1-hour lectures and 1 2-hour lab per week. Use of microcomputer to assist in teaching physical science. Topics include operation of microcomputer, review and evaluation of available software, and computer techniques to illustrate physical science concepts.

SCIE 5020. Applications of Microcomputers in Teaching Biological Science (3)

Use of microcomputer to assist in teaching biological science. Topics include operation of microcomputer, review and evaluation of available software, and computer techniques to illustrate biological concepts.

SCIE 5990. Apprenticeship Science (3)

Direct supervision in lab procedures by members of science staff.

SCIE 6000. Science and Society (3)

Selected topics to demonstrate social, historical, and philosophical aspects of science. Emphasis on science-society interaction.

SCIE 6003. Selected Topics in Life Science for Middle Grades Teachers (3)

SCIE 6004. Selected Topics in Physical Science for Middle Grades Teachers (3)

SCIE 6006. Chemistry for Middle Grades Teachers (3)

P: Minimum of 1 year teaching experience in grades 6-9 or consent of instructor. Content and instructional methods for chemistry for grades 6-9 teachers. Emphasis on demonstrations and hands-on activities.

SCIE 6010. The History and Philosophy of Science (3)

Develop scientific ideas, their origin, growth, and relationship to present.

SCIE 6019. Science in Elementary Education (3)

P: Initial Teaching Licensure in elementary or special education. Current trends and issues. Emphasis on contemporary literature and classroom implementation.

SCIE 6020. Recent Developments in Science Teaching (3)

Curricular trends and innovations. Emphasis on development of philosophical analyses of science teaching and learning practices reflective of past, current, and future science education reform agendas.

SCIE 6050. Developmental Approaches to Science Teaching (2)

P: NC teaching licensure or equivalent; formal acceptance into DASH summer institute. Developmental Approaches in Science and Health (DASH) program is an interdisciplinary science curriculum designed for grades K-2. Focus on methodology and content. Follow-up sessions.

SCIE 6081. Astronomy Methods for Teachers (2)

P: PHYS 1080, 1081; or 2 years’ teaching of astronomy unit in school; PHYS 1050 or PHYS 1250. Methods of teaching astronomy using activities, experiments, observations, and library/computer resources.

SCIE 6200. Environmental Education (3)

Critical examination of issues arising from human interaction with natural environment. Focus on themes such as history of environmental movement, environmental ethics and values, and local, state, and global environmental issues.

SCIE 6310. Advanced Methods in Teaching Science (3)

Applies theoretical, philosophical, and research bases for improvement of education practice. Planning, instruction, and evaluation techniques expected of master teacher.

SCIE 6420. Marine Education (3)

P: Initial Teaching Licensure in elementary, middle, or secondary education or consent of instructor. Current status of marine education. Emphasis on student involvement and development of classroom instruction materials.

SCIE 6500. Understanding and Engaging in Educational Research (3)

Research on human development and learning and pedagogical knowledge and skills expected of master teacher. Current trends and issues in education, skills in data collection, and application of research in classroom.

SCIE 6501. Experimental Evaluation in Science (3)

Experimental design, evaluation, and research methods as related to classroom and lab teaching and coordination of various sciences.

SCIE 6505. Problems in Science Education (Elementary) (3)

Research in science teaching at elementary school level.

SCIE 6506. Problems in Science Education (Secondary) (3)

Research in science teaching at middle and senior high school levels.

SCIE 6507. Problems in Science Education (College) (3)

Research in science teaching at college level.

SCIE 6522. Readings in Science Education (1)

Special topics to improve student’s background selected in collaboration with instructor of student’s choice. Readings selected from sources appropriate to any level of science teaching.

SCIE 6525. Selected Topics in Biological Science for Elementary Teachers (3)

SCIE 6530. Selected Topics in Physical Science for Elementary Teachers (3)

SCIE 6535. Selected Topics in Earth Science for Elementary Teachers (3)

SCIE 6600. Action Research in Teaching (3)

Development of systematic reflection by teachers through action research strategies to examine issues in learning and teaching.

SCIE 7000. Thesis (1-6)

May be repeated. May count maximum of 3 s.h.

SCIE 7001. Thesis: Summer Research (1)

May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting thesis research may only register for this course during the summer.

SCIE Banked Courses

6015. Aviation Science Education (3)

6060, 6061, 6062. Foundational Approaches in Science Teaching I, II, III (3,3,2)

6300. Science Methods and Materials for Teaching Handicapped Learners (3)

6410. Implementation of High School Marine Science Studies (HMSS) (3)

6980, 6981. Internship in Natural History (3,3)