Undergradute Program

MINOR IN NATURAL SCIENCES

The Minor in Natural Sciences provides a pathway to the Foundational Level General Science Credential. By completing the minor, the future teacher gains additional preparation in several science areas while learning about the most important concepts and problems in the sciences. The program includes 20 units of lower and upper division courses from the disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, biological sciences, geological sciences, and physics. Many courses are designed especially for elementary and middle school teacher candidates.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN NATURAL SCIENCES:

Lower Division GE (9-11 units):

  • Biology 101 & 101L* or 102*

  • Geology 101 & 101L* or 102*

  • Chemistry 100 & 101L * or

  • Physics 101 & 101L* or

  • Chemistry/Physics 102*

  • *Includes a lab; must have a biology lab and a lab from either geology, chemistry or physics

Upper Division Courses (12 units):For the future elementary/middle school science teacher we recommend...

  • GEOL 410: Physical Science Concepts (3)

  • BIOL 453: Life Science Concepts (3)

  • 6 units from at least two of the following subject areas:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Geology

Suggested Upper Division Courses for the Minor:

  • BIOL 300: Environmental Biology

  • BIOL 305: Human Heredity, & Genetics

  • BIOL 306: Biology of Aging

  • BIOL 310: Human Physiology

  • BIOL 311: Nutrition & Disease

  • BIOL 318: Wildlife Conservation

  • BIOL 319: Marine Biology

  • BIOL 330: Ecology of American Indians

  • BIOL 352: Plants & Life

  • BIOL 360: Human Sexuality

  • BIOL 406: Evolution for Teachers

  • CHEM 303 A, B, C: Biotechnology & Society

  • CHEM 311: Nutrition & Disease

  • CHEM 313 A, B, C: Environmental Pollution/ Solutions

  • GEOL 310T: Topics ill CA-Related Geology

  • GEOL 420: Earth Science for Science teachers

  • PHYS 301: Energy and the Environment

  • SCED 495A: Internship

  • Upper division courses in the natural sciences not listed above may be included in the minor with the approval of the Minor in Natural Sciences Advisor located in MH527.

Minor in Natural Sciences Requirements

USE THE NATURAL SCIENCES AS A PATHWAY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING

There are two credential pathways to middle school science teaching:

  • Candidates earn a Single Subject Credential in Foundational Level General Science by completing the single subject credential program.

  • Candidates may earn a Multiple Subject Credential and add the Foundational Level General Science Credential by passage of #118 and #119 CSET Subtests AND successful completion of EDSC 542S Advanced Methods of Teaching Middle School Science (offered summer).

The Minor in Natural Sciences helps prepare candidates in content areas of CSET subtests:

  • #118 Subtest I General Science: Astronomy; Dynamic Processes of the Earth; Earth Resources; Waves; Forces, Motion; Electricity and Magnetism

  • #119 Subtest II General Science: Ecology; Genetics and Evolution; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Cell and Organismal Biology; Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics; Structure/Properties of Matter

For more information please visit the

Center for Careers in Teaching (CCT)

.

For information regarding

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING

, please visit the Future Teachers Program page.

For information regarding

Introductory Subject Matter Authorization (ISMA)

, please visit the ISMA: Science page.

Contact:

Megan Tommerup, Advisor
Minor in Natural Science
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
McCarthy Hall 236A
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-5283