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University Catalog 2013-2014 (ARCHIVED CATALOG) 
    
University Catalog 2013-2014 (ARCHIVED CATALOG) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Natural Science, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science is designed primarily to prepare students to teach science at the middle or high school level. Two options are available: Traditional (Option I) and Blended (Option II). Both options satisfy the subject matter requirement for a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. Students select one of the following four areas of subject matter emphasis: biology, chemistry, geoscience, or physics. Total units for the degree depend on option and emphasis area. Option 1: 185 for Biology, 184 for Chemistry, 184 for Geoscience, and 185 for Physics. Option II: 203 for Biology, 202 for Chemistry, 201 for Geoscience, and 202 for Physics.

High school preparation is recommended in algebra (two years), chemistry, geometry, physics, and trigonometry.

In both options students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses that satisfy the following university, general education or major requirements. See Option II for additional GPA requirements. Students should speak with a Natural Science adviser before choosing an option.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science, Traditional Option is 184-185 units, of which 118-119 units are in the major depending on the emphasis selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science, Blended Option is 201-203 units, of which 135-137 units are in the major depending on the emphasis selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Note:


Students must pass NSS 101 or 301 within their first two quarters of enrollment.

GE Basic Subjects (12 units)


Note that the GE basic subjects math requirement is met within the natural science core courses.

American Institutions (8 units)


Natural Sciences (8 units)


This requirement is met by completing the Natural Science core courses.

Humanities (12 units)


Social Sciences (12 units)


Option I - Select 12 units from three different disciplines in the Block D course listings

Option II - PSY 150  and select 8 additional units from two disciplines other than psychology in the Block D course listings.

Lifelong Understanding (4 units)


Upper Division Theme (12 units)


Options


  • Option I - Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Traditional)
  • Option II-Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Blended)

Option I - Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Traditional)


The Traditional Option of the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science is designed primarily for prospective middle and high school science teachers, but it is also of value for anyone seeking a career where a broad science background is useful. Total number of units required for the degree is 184-185.

Requirements for the Major (118-119 units)


Select One Emphasis


Chemistry Emphasis (46 units)

Geoscience Emphasis (46 units)

Physics Emphasis (44 units)

Electives (24 units)

Upper division courses selected with approval of adviser. A minimum of 16 units must be in physics. At least one laboratory course must be included.

Option II-Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science (Blended)


The Blended Option of the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science is designed specifically for pre-service middle and high school science teachers.

The blended degree program simultaneously satisfies Single Subject credential requirements for both subject matter and education, except directed teaching, which is taken as a postbaccalaureate course. Total number of units required for the degree is 201-203.

Minimum 2.75 GPA in last 90 quarter units attempted is required for enrollment in EDCI 300.

An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required in professional education courses.

Requirements for the Major (135-137 units)


Select One Emphasis


Physics Emphasis (28 units)

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