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General Science

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

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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:
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
    • Earth-Space science
  • Demonstrate a specific content area concentration beyond the general science requirement in one of the following:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental science
    • Earth-space science
  • Comprehend, apply evaluate and synthesize knowledge of the following:
    • Fundamental units
    • Derived units
    • Systems of measurement
  • Apply mathematical (at least through the level of college algebra) and statistical concepts
  • Apply computer technology, hardware and software, tacquire and analyze data and tcollect and communicate information
  • Integrate knowledge from the history and philosophy of science
  • Use various instruments, including computer-based and manual tobserve 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 tthe effective mastery of science content
  • Relate science ttechnological issues that influence society and the ethical and moral consequences of decisions related tthose 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 the professional growth of a science teacher
  • Integrate examples of common themes exhibited in all of the science intteaching and course design including:
    • Systems
    • Models
    • Constancy or stability
    • Change
    • Evolution
    • 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