The B.A./B.S. program in Science Education prepares graduates to rise to the challenge of helping students learn the processes, skills and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in the increasingly technological world.
Students get a double major from both the School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences, providing deep exploration into scientific theory and practice, content instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, integration of media and technology in the classroom, and standards-based assessments. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (Grades 7-12), with the option of either a B.S. or a B.A. degree for all but Earth Science.
As a School of Education student, you’ll enjoy small classes, personal advising, and a close-knit community with all the benefits of attending a dynamic research institution. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars as you develop your professional identity and portfolio and receive tailored career advising.
Graduates of this program have a strong foundational knowledge of their science subject area and an excellent preparation in inclusive pedagogy. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:
As a student in the Science Education program, you will combine studies in your science content area secondary curriculum, education methods, classroom practicums, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. You will choose courses to make up a major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics as well as liberal arts courses in collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests.
For Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, there is the option to take either a B.A. (bachelor of arts) or B.S. (bachelor of science) degree. The B.A. option is most common for science education students; the B.S. degree includes additional lab science coursework. The Earth Science program is a B.A. degree. Dual certification in two science areas is possible, but needs to be closely planned with your advisor starting before your first semester.
Sample courses in your program may include:
Your first semester will include writing, calculus, biology, and chemistry. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog for: