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Program Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008

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KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: October 29, 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Sally Jean General Science coordinator (603) 358-2572 sjean@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Sally Jean General Science coordinator (603) 358-2572 sjean@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: Change two course numbers CURRENT PROGRAM: Course number change: Approved 4 Credit Program General Science – Bachelor of Arts The Bachelor of Arts in General Science provides a broad-based foundation in three major areas: Earth/Space science, Life science and Physical science. This major would provide general science knowledge for working in science museums, zoos, science camps, or state/national parks. It is an ideal major for the pre-service elementary or middle-school teacher as it addresses national recommendations for improving science education with an activity and hands-on focus. The middle school option meets NH state certification requirements for Grades 5-9. For a dual major in Education (Option 2 or 3 below), please refer to the appropriate Education program option. Updated 29 April 2008 2 Integrated Studies Program (44 credits) MAJOR REQUIREMENTS All students must complete the core courses and select one of the program options. Core (28 credits) o INASTR 101 Introduction to Astronomy or ASTR 307 University Astronomy (4 credits) o BIO 110 Molecules and Cells (4 credits) o BIO 111 Evolution I (4 credits) o INGEOL 151 Physical Geology (4 credits) o GEOL 206 Oceanography (4 credits) o INMET 225 Meteorology (4 credits) o MATH 120 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry (4 credits) OR MATH 130 Precalculus (4 credits) OR MATH 151 Calculus I (4 credits) Option 1: Bachelor of Arts In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken (48 credits) o MATH 141 Introductory Statistics (4 credits) o BIO 210 Ecology (4 credits) o INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) o CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits) o CHEM 221 Organic I (4 credits) o CHEM 222 Organic II (4 credits) o GEOL 202 Historical Geology (4 credits) o INPHYS 141 College Physics I (4 credits) GEOL 252 - Evolution of the Earth (4 credits) Updated 29 April 2008 3 o PHYS 142 College Physics II (4 credits) In addition to the requirements listed above for Option 1, complete a specialization (three or more additional courses at the 300 level or higher) in ONE of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Geology. Option 2: Elementary or Early Childhood Education Option (TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS for a dual major, see requirements for the BS degree for Elementary or Early Childhood Education options in the catalog.) (20 credits) In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken o CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 credits) o PHYS 201 Phenomenal Science (4 credits) o GS 301 The Web of Science (4 credits) o Select two additional science courses (8 credits) at the 200 level or higher in either the same or different areas of the following sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and/or Geology. Option 3 Middle School Option (TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS for dual major, see requirements for the BS degree for the Secondary Education option in the catalog.) (32 credits) In addition to the core courses, the following must be taken o INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) o CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits) o BIO 210 Ecology (4 credits) o MATH 141 Introductory Statistics (4 credits) o PHYS 201 Phenomenal Science (4 credits) o INPHYS 210 History of Science (4 credits) In addition to the requirements listed above for Option 3, complete a specialization (two or more additional courses at the 200 level or higher) in ONE of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Geology. INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science (4 credits) INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science (4 credits) Updated 29 April 2008 4 DEGREE REQUIREMENTS BA in General Science (Option 1) 120 credits (76 major) BA in General Science/Education, dual major (Options 2 & 3) Option 2, elementary 136 credits (48 major, 48 elementary education) Option 3, middle school 130 credits (60 major, 34 education) PROPOSED PROGRAM: Please see above. The Senate approved the change of PHYS 201 to INPHYS 201 Spring 2008. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Same as approved program: For all of the options: At the end of this program, students will be able to: • Explain concepts, solve problems, and perform laboratory techniques at an introductory level, in each of the following areas: o Life Science o Physical Science o Earth-Space science • Demonstrate a specific content area concentration beyond the general science requirement in one of the following: o Biology o Chemistry o Environmental science o Earth-space science • Comprehend, apply evaluate and synthesize knowledge of the following: o Fundamental units o Derived units o Systems of measurement • Apply mathematical (at least through the level of college algebra) and statistical concepts Updated 29 April 2008 5 • Apply computer technology, hardware and software, to acquire and analyze data and to collect and communicate information • Integrate knowledge from the history and philosophy of science • Use various instruments, including computer-based and manual to observe and record natural phenomena For options 2 & 3 (Education) In the area of instructional performance, the candidate shall have the ability to • Design and teach general science school laboratory activities which incorporate scientific processes and promote scientific habits of mind • Integrate the knowledge of the methods of teaching reading, writing, communication, and study skills essential to the effective mastery of science content • Relate science to technological issues that influence society and the ethical and moral consequences of decisions related to those issues • Model and teach safe laboratory and field practices, including personal safety and equipment storage and upkeep; and waste handling and disposal • Identify the organizations, agencies and journals that contribute to the professional growth of a science teacher • Integrate examples of common themes exhibited in all of the science into teaching and course design including: o Systems o Models o Constancy or stability o Change o Evolution o Scale • Design learning activities which foster questioning, open-ended investigations, the development of cooperative group skills, and promote practice in decision making and problem solving • Select, adapt, evaluate, and use age-appropriate strategies and materials for the learning of science, including the recommendation of national and state curriculum projects (National Science Education Standards, Atlas, NH State Science Frameworks) and scientific groups • Organize, present, and evaluate science ideas in a manner which emphasized conceptual understanding and in ways which provide for optimal learning experience for school students of all ability levels RATIONALE: Update the number change from approved course proposals From PHYS 201 to INPHYS 201 From GEOL 202 to GEOL 252 Updated 29 April 2008 6 RESOURCES: No additional recourses are required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None required. The course has always been in the approved program. This is just updating the number to reflect the approved Senate curriculum document.

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Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

General Science Program Proposal

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