UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Degree Requirements

General Science Licensure

Students who are interested in a major to be a  licensed science teacher  grades 4-12 have the  following major program options:

  • Biology Major (Life Science and General Science Education)
  • Chemistry Major (Chemistry and General Science Education)
  • Geology Major (earth and Space Science and General Science Education)
  • Physics Major (physics and General Science Education)

Each program encompasses a science core of classes in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science.  In addition, each program also includes a rigorous study of a  specific science discipline,  between 33 - 36 credits and professional education courses.   All four major  options lead to a teacher license in General Science, grades 4-12.

 

Biology


Biology Major (Life Science and General Science Education)
Teacher License: General Science, Grades 4-12

 
General Science Education Core

BIOL 160 General Biology Freshman Research Focus (4)

Select one biology core course from the following:
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
OR
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3 cr)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1 (4)
CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab 1 (1)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 2 (4)
CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab 2 (1)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 150 Geological Perspectives of Global Change (3 cr)
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)
PHYS 117 Astronomy (3 cr)
Select one of the following Physics sequences:
PHYS 131 Calculus-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 132 Calculus-based Physics II (5 cr)
OR
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 122 Algebra-based Physics II (5 cr)

Biology Core

BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3)
BIOL 210 General Botany (3 cr)
BIOL 230 General Zoology (3 cr)
BIOL 350 Genetics (3 cr)
BIOL 360 Ecology (3 cr)

Advanced Biology Electives (Choose 14 credits from the following:)

BIOL 195 Freshman Research Experiences (3) 
BIOL 243 Introduction to Biol. Greek-Latin (2) 
BIOL 295 Lab Research Experience (2) 
BIOL 296 Field Research Experience (2) 
BIOL 305 App. in Molecular Biology (3) 
BIOL 307 Human Heredity (2) 
BIOL 310 Identification of Plants (3) 
BIOL 314 Plant Pathology (3) 
BIOL 324 Microbiology (4) 
BIOL 333 Entomology (3) 
BIOL 341 Anatomy & Physiology I (4) 
BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology II (4) 
BIOL 344 Wildlife Biology (4) 
BIOL 345 Immunology (3) 
BIOL 351 Epigenetics (3) 
BIOL 353 Histology (4) 
BIOL 354 Freshwater Biology () 
BIOL 364 Developmental Biology (3) 
BIOL 365 Cancer Biology (3) 
BIOL 434 Ichthyology (3) 
BIOL 444 Ornithology (3) 
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology (4) 
BIOL 453 Virology (3) 
BIOL 471 Laboratory Experiences (1) 
BIOL 499 Independent Study (1-3)

Required Supporting Coursework

MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Professional Education Required Courses


Education Foundations 
TED 100 - Introduction to Teaching (3 cr)
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
SPED 330 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)

High School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester
TED 434 Methods for Teaching High School Science (4 cr)
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary School Science Education (3 cr)

Middle School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester. 
TED 439 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (4 cr)
TED 459 Applied Supports for Diverse Learners in Science (3 cr)

Student Teaching
TED 421 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
TED 472 - Student Teaching - Initial (10 cr)

Suggested course options for general education / university requirements program which apply to the major:


American Diversity
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)

Global Perspective 
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 2 Social and Behavioral Science
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 3 Mathematics (select one of the following)
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Goal 5 Ethical Citizenship
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)

 

Chemistry

Chemistry Major (Chemistry and General Science Education)
Teacher License: General Science, Grades 4-12

 
Science Education Core

BIOL 160 General Biology Freshman Research Focus (4)
Select one of the following biology courses:
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
OR
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 150 Geological Perspectives of Global Change (3 cr)
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)
PHYS 117 Astronomy (3 cr)
Select one of the following physics sequences:
PHYS 131 Calculus-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 132 Calculus-based Physics II (5 cr)
OR
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 122 Algebra-based Physics II (5 cr)

Chemistry Core

CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1 (4 cr)
CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab 1 (1 cr)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 2 (4 cr)
CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab 2 (1 cr)
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 cr)
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr)
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 cr)
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)

Select one of the following courses:
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I (3)
OR
CHEM 360 Foundations of Biochemistry (4 cr)

Select one of the following courses:
CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems (3)
OR
CHEM 341Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3cr)
OR
CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy (3 cr)

CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr)
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety (2 cr)

Select one of the following laboratory chemistry courses
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
OR
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
OR
CHEM 355 Separation Science Laboratory (1 cr)
OR
CHEM 356 Chemical Instrumentation Lab (1 cr)
OR
CHEM 366 Biochemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
OR
CHEM 495 Undergraduate Research (1 cr)

Required Supporting Coursework

select one of the following:
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Professional Education Required Courses


Education Foundations 
TED 100 - Introduction to Teaching (3 cr)
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
SPED 330 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)

High School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester
TED 434 Methods for Teaching High School Science (4 cr)
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary School Science Education (3 cr)

Middle School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester. 
TED 439 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (4 cr)
TED 459 Applied Supports for Diverse Learners in Science (3 cr)

Student Teaching
TED 421 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
TED 472 - Student Teaching - Initial (10 cr)

Suggested course options for general education / university requirements program which apply to the major:


American Diversity
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)

Global Perspective 
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 2 Social and Behavioral Science
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 3 Mathematics (select one of the following)
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Goal 5 Ethical Citizenship
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)

Physics

This element is used as the source for one or more XML PublicationsPhysics Major (Physics and General Science Education)
Teacher License: General Science, Grades 4-12
 
General Science Education Core

BIOL 160 General Biology Freshman Research Focus (4)
Select one of the following biology courses:
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
OR
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 150 Geological Perspectives of Global Change (3 cr)
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)
PHYS 117 Astronomy (3 cr)
 

Physics Core


Note - PHYS 204 should be taken concurrently with PHYS 362. PHYS 211 or CSIS 162 is recommended for PHYS 362 butnot required.

PHYS 131 (5 cr) Calculus Based Physics I
PHYS 132 (5 cr) Calculus Based Physics II
PHYS 204 (1 cr) Intermediate Physics Laboratory
PHYS 264 (4 cr) Modern Physics
PHYS 311 (4 cr) Electronics: Circuits and Devices
PHYS 301 (3 cr) Advanced Physics Laboratory (I)
PHYS 362 (3 cr) Mathematics of Physics and Engineering

Choose one course from the following:
PHYS 250 Statics (3 cr)
PHYS 312 Linear Integrated Circuits (4 cr) or PHYS 313 Digital Electronics (4 cr)
PHYS 318 Astrophysic (3 cr)
PHYS 324 Acoustics (3 cr)
PHYS 331 Curriculum Physics (3 cr)
PHYS 415 Thermodynamics (3 cr)
PHYS 420 Optics (4 cr)
PHYS 441 Classical Mechanics (4 cr)
PHYS 442 Electricity & Magnetism (4 cr)
PHYS 465 Quantum Mechanics (4 cr)

Required Supporting Coursework

MATH 166 Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH 167 Calculus II (4 cr)
PHYS 361 (3 cr) or MATH 268 (4 cr)
MATH 331 Differential Equations (3 cr)

Professional Education Required Courses


Education Foundations 
TED 100 - Introduction to Teaching (3 cr)
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
SPED 330 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)

High School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester
TED 434 Methods for Teaching High School Science (4 cr)
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary School Science Education (3 cr)

Middle School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester. 
TED 439 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (4 cr)
TED 459 Applied Supports for Diverse Learners in Science (3 cr)

Student Teaching
TED 421 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
TED 472 - Student Teaching - Initial (10 cr)

Suggested course options for general education / university requirements program which apply to the major:


American Diversity
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)

Global Perspective 
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 2 Social and Behavioral Science
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 3 Mathematics (select one of the following)
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Goal 5 Ethical Citizenship
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)

Geology

 
This element is used as the source for one or more XML PublicationsGeology Major (Earth and Space Science and General Science Education)
Teacher License: General Science, Grades 4-12
 
General Science Education Core

BIOL 160 General Biology Freshman Research Focus (4)
Select one of the following biology courses:
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
OR
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3)
CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1 (4 cr)
CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab 1 (1 cr)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 2 (4 cr)
CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab 2 (1 cr)
Select one of the following physics sequences:
PHYS 131 Calculus-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 132 Calculus-based Physics II (5 cr)
OR
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 122 Algebra-based Physics II (5 cr)

Earth and Space Core


PHYS 117 Astronomy (3 cr)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 150 Global Change (3 cr)
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3 cr)
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

Select one of the following:
GEOL 305 Geology of the Planets (3 cr)
OR
PHYS 318 Astrophysics (3 cr)

GEOL 327 Geomorphology (4 cr)
GEOL 330 Meteorology (3 cr) OR
GEOG 212 Weather and Climate (3 cr)
ESM 360 Hydrology and Water Quality (4 cr)

Required Regional Trip
Select one of the following:
Choose one of the following:
GEOL 371 Regional Field Trip
GEOL 372 Southwest Regional Field Trip
GEOL 373 Northwest Regional Field Trip
GEOL 374 Lake Superior Regional Field Trip
GEOL 375 AP Regional Field Trip
GEOL 376 Southeast Regional Field Trip
GEOL 377 Northeastern Regional Geology Field Trip

Advanced Earth and Space Electives

Select three courses from the following
GEOL 115 Oceanography (3 cr)
GEOL 230 Mineralogy (4 cr)
GEOL 231 Petrology (4 cr)
GEOL 328 Geochemistry (3 cr)
GEOL 326 Structural Geology (4 cr)
GEOL 362 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (4 cr)
GEOL 441 Geophysics (4 cr)
GEOL 445 Hydrogeology (3 cr)
GEOL 450 Paleontology (4 cr)
GEOL 270 Internship I (4 cr)
GEOL 378 Semester Abroad (6 cr)
GEOL 490 Independent Study (3 cr)
SOIL 120 Introduction to Soil Science (3 cr)
SOIL 250 Profile Descriptions (2 cr)
SOIL 350 Soil Development (2 cr)

Required Supporting Coursework

select one of the following:
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Professional Education Required Courses


Education Foundations 
TED 100 - Introduction to Teaching (3 cr)
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
SPED 330 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)

High School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester
TED 434 Methods for Teaching High School Science (4 cr)
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary School Science Education (3 cr)

Middle School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester. 
TED 439 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (4 cr)
TED 459 Applied Supports for Diverse Learners in Science (3 cr)

Student Teaching
TED 421 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
TED 472 - Student Teaching - Initial (10 cr)

Suggested course options for general education / university requirements program which apply to the major:


American Diversity
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)

Global Perspective 
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 2 Social and Behavioral Science
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
GEOL 250 Geological Destinies of Nations (3)

Goal 3 Mathematics (select one of the following)
MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

Goal 5 Ethical Citizenship
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3)

For more information visit:

 

UWRF College of Education and Professional Studies

Biology Department

Chemistry Department

Geology Deparment

Physics Department

or Contact:

Tyler Koepke

Tyler Koepke

Sr. Advisor 127 Walker Wyman Education
715-425-3708