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Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Chemistry (9-12) with General Science (5-8)

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Education - Chemistry (9-12) with General Science (5-8) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades 5 through 8 science and grades 9 through 12 chemistry. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
BIO - 120 Biology I: The Unity of Life 4
CHE - 115 General Chemistry I 4
MAT - 135 Calculus I 4
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4

Emphasizing inquiry and investigation, this course introduces students to the discoveries, both historical and contemporary, that support the unifying theories of modern biological science. Topics considered include the nature and methods of modern biological science; the basis of life in terms of matter, energy, cells, genetics, and reproduction; and the impact of evolution on the unity of life. The course is comprised of lectures, readings, discussions, written assignments, films, and an inquiry-based laboratory component. (Recommended prerequisites: one year of high school biology and chemistry and four years of high school mathematics)

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Systematic introduction to the conceptual and symbolic aspects of chemistry. Critical and quantitative thought as applied to the topics of measurement, formula and equation writing, stoichiometry, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding and molecular geometry, gases, phases and phase changes. Brief introduction to Organic Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisites: High School chemistry and one year of algebra or consent of instructor)

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This course explores the concepts of limit and continuity, investigates techniques of differentiation and its applications, introduces integration, and provides the framework for the Fundamental Theorem. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT125 or level 5 placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

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Required - Chemistry Teaching Content Major: 32 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CHE - 116 General Chemistry II 4
CHE - 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE - 222 Organic Chemistry II 0
CHE - 326 Analytical Chemistry I 4
CHE - 328 Biochemistry 0
CHE - 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHS - 221 General Physics I (Calc Based) 4
PHS - 222 General Physics II-Calc Based 4

Continuation of General Chemistry 1. Solutions and Colligative Properties, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Qualitative Analysis, Kinetics, Reduction, Oxidation, Nuclear Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE115)

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This course is an introductory study of organic compounds using a functional group approach and stressing basic principles. Topics covered include the covalence of carbon, isomerism, stereoisomerism and the structure, properties, nomenclature and reactions of the common functional groups. The determination of molecular structure is introduced. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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This course is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics covered include additional functional group chemistry, reaction mechanisms, heterocyclic compounds, proteins, lipids and synthetic macromolecules. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE221)

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Introduction to the wet and instrumental techniques of analytical chemistry. Emphasis on Gravimetric and Volumetric Analysis, Statistical Evaluation of Data and Quality Assurance. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one four-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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Molecular determinants of structure and function of biomolecules. Biological processes at the molecular level. Enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, and metabolism. Three lectures (150 minutes) and one laboratory period (180 minutes) per week. (Prerequisite: CHE221)

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This course is an introductory study of organic compounds using a functional group approach and stressing basic principles. Topics covered include the covalence of carbon, isomerism, stereoisomerism and the structure, properties, nomenclature and reactions of the common functional groups. The determination of molecular structure is introduced. (Prerequisite: CHE116)

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This calculus-based course deals with the areas of mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion. Physics' concepts related to these topics are presented, applied to practical situations, and measured and analyzed in the laboratory setting. Students make use of the computer as a tutorial aid, use a great variety of laboratory equipment (including sensors along with the computer) to procure and analyze data, and use selected software to demonstrate physics' concepts and model practical situations. The Internet and literature are used to obtain current information. The course is applicable to students majoring in pre-medicine, pre-engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and science education. (Prerequisites: One year of high school physics and Calculus I)

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This calculus-based course deals with the areas of electricity and magnetism, light and optics and modern physics. Physics' concepts related to these topics are presented, applied to practical situations, and measured and analyzed in the laboratory setting. Students make use of the computer as a tutorial aid, use a great variety of laboratory equipment (including sensors along with the computer) to procure and analyze data, and use selected software to demonstrate physics' concepts and model practical situations. The Internet and literature are used to obtain current information. The course is applicable to students majoring in pre-medicine, pre-engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and science education. (Prerequisite: PHS221)

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Prerequisites to Admission to Teacher Edu: 10 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 201 Foundations & Intro to Edu 3
ED - 336 Educational Psychology 3
ED - 330 Human Diversity and Relations 2
ED - 439 The Inclusive Classroom 2
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3
KHS - 470 Health Education for Teachers 2
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 478 Teaching 5-8 Science 1
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced to students in this course. This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations upon which current educational theory and practice is constructed. During the duration of the course students need to register for required MTLE Basic Skills Test (additional fee). A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. Admission to Program is an outcome including development of efolio and admittance to program interview.

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This course applies the basic principles of human development and behavior to the classroom situation. Emphasis is given to the teacher education conceptual framework, theoretical backgrounds in learning, and their application to the classroom. Topics include the characteristics of children, student variability, educational planning and instructional objectives, classroom management and assessment. A 15 hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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This course helps students experience, understand and become sensitive to human diversity and presents strategies for teaching human relations skills in the classroom setting. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs into regular classrooms. Topics include the classroom teacher's role is assessing, developing, and implementing unique learning experiences and managing group and individual behaviors. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. (Prerequisite: upper level standing)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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This course investigates personal and community health issues facing society and especially children. The National Health Education Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Priority Health Risk Behaviors are addressed. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program)

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The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course is designed to provide teaching methods to use at the middle school level. (Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program)

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Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Frades 5-8 General Sci add-on (optional): 11 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 478 Teaching 5-8 Science 1

The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course is designed to provide teaching methods to use at the middle school level. (Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program)

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Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Leanne Bakke, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

Dr. Bakke has a background in molecular physiology and currently acts as the head of the science department.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Career Potential

This major prepares students to teach grades 5-12 within private or public elementary schools. - See more at: http://www.csp.edu/academics/undergraduate-majors-minors/secondary-education-major/#sthash.5yvQaV24.dpuf

  • Public School Teacher (5-12)
  • Private School Teacher (5-12)

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