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Secondary Education Environmental Science (BS)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Science Core: 36 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
BIO 191GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 192GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 193GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
CHE 130
CHE 131
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHE 132
CHE 133
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
CHE 134
CHE 135
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
4
PHY 150GENERAL PHYSICS I4
PHY 151GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PHY 152GENERAL PHYSICS III4
Environmental Science Core: 26 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
BIO 215ECOLOGY4
ENV 216EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE4
ENV 217HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENV 260ENVIRONMENTAL DATA ANALYSIS4
ENV 294SECOND YEAR SEMINAR2
ENV 350ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES CAPSTONE4
CMNS 326ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND RHETORIC4
Environmental Science Electives: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
ENV 152
ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ECONOMICS
ENV 204
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ENV 230
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
ENV 300
PLANT IDENTIFICATION 1
ENV 310
ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL SCIENCE 1
ENV 316
CHEMISTRY OF EARTH SYSTEMS 1
ENV 320
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 1
ENV 322
ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY 1
ENV 340
URBAN ECOLOGY 1
ENV 345
URBAN AGRICULTURE
ENV 355
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SEC 314THE NATURE OF SCIENCE4
SEC 324INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY SCIENCE PEDAGOGY4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SEC 374TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
SEC 385TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Environmental Science majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Science: Environmental Science Content Area Test (test #112) – assesses knowledge of life science, physical science, and the living environment. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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