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  Jan 20, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

General Science, B.S.

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The General Science Major provides a solid grounding in the physical and biological sciences. While some of our General Science graduates have found work as laboratory technicians or have gone on to graduate school, this program is most appropriate for, and normally is recommended only to, those who are planning to teach at the K-8 level. Students in this major may choose either of two tracks, the first designed for those interested in teaching at the elementary school level, and the second intended for those interested in teaching general science at the middle school level. Students should choose the specific coursework sequence appropriate for the license they are planning to pursue.

Requirements for the General Science Major

OPTION I - Elementary Licensure (1-6) with General Science (1-6) - 40 Credits

Students choosing this option are expected to complete a second major in Elementary Education, and are encouraged to consider applying to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for General Science (1-6) licensure after they apply for Elementary (1-6) licensure.

Upper-Level Elective - 3 Credits

One of the following courses, which integrate the other disciplines within the major:

OPTION II - Middle School Licensure in General Science (5-8) - 52 Credits

Students planning to teach should also review the section on licensure requirements that follows the description of the General Science Minor

Required Upper-Level Courses - 13 Credits

Pedagogical Coursework

A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program prior to practicum.  Consult with the department on which courses are classified as part of the pedagogy requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core  .

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