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STEM for Educators

Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

The Bachelor of Science in STEM for Educators prepares future educators to integrate, apply, and foster scientific inquiry, technological and engineering design, and mathematical analysis as pedagogical approaches to STEM instruction. Students learn the principles and knowledge needed to educate learners in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a transdisciplinary and applied approach. STEM majors learn inquiry-based instruction and how to integrate this instruction into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world problems. By providing a foundational knowledge of content this degree positions students to work in various educational settings including elementary and middle schools, museums, libraries, government agencies, and community-based organizations.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

36-56 credits

All students must complete the core courses and select one of the program options.

Core Courses

16-20 credits

INSTEM 142 Discovering STEM
STEM 342 STEM Explorations I
STEM 442 STEM Explorations II
INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science
MATH 120 or pass math competency exam

STEM for Pre-K - 6th Grade Educators

20 credits

MATH 275 Geometry for K-8 Teachers
MATH 375 Algebraic Concepts for K-8 Teachers

Select three of the following SCIENCE courses:

  • INBIO 110 Molecules & Cells, or INBIO 111 Evolution & Ecology, or INBIO 302 Evolution and Human Behavior, or INBIO 303 Barely Tolerating Yourself
  • INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry, or INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • INASTR 101 Introduction to Planetary Astronomy
  • ENST 312 Energy Resource Science *Note: Prerequisite Present
  • INMET 225 Meteorology
  • ISGEOG 205 Environmental Geography
  • INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
  • INGEOS 201 The Physical Earth or INGEOS 300 Geoscience Issues and Society

Teacher Certification

Students selecting this major must meet the requirements for the education major – early childhood development option or elementary education option. Refer to the Educator Preparation section of this catalog for information on these requirements, including courses that are to be included as part of the Integrative Studies Program requirements.

STEM for Middle School Science Educators

36 credits

INBIO 110 Molecules and Cells
INBIO 111 Evolution and Ecology
INASTR 101 Introduction to Planetary Astronomy
INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
INMET 225 Meteorology
INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

Choose one:

  • INGEOL 151 Physical Geology
  • INGEOS 300 Geoscience Issues and Society

Teacher Certification

Students selecting this major must meet the requirements for the education major – secondary option. Refer to the Educator Preparation section of this catalog for information on these requirements, including courses that are to be included as part of the Integrative Studies Program requirements.

STEM for Informal Educators

30-32 credits

STEM 400 Informal STEM Internship (8 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • EDUC 111 Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 121 Issues in Elementary Education
  • EDUC 131 Issues in Secondary Education (2 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • ISCS 140 Programming Foundations
  • ISCS 150 Website Design and Construction
  • INCS 160 Microcomputer Systems
  • SPDI 121 Design Visualization
  • INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
  • IISPDI 151 Product Design Principles

Select one of the following:

  • EDSP 202 Development, Exceptionality, and Learning
  • ISPSYC 312 Lifespan Psychology

Select three of the following SCIENCE courses:

  • INBIO 110 Molecules & Cells, or INBIO 111 Evolution & Ecology, or INBIO 302 Evolution and Human Behavior, or INBIO 303 Barely Tolerating Yourself
  • INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry, or INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • INASTR 101 Introduction to Planetary Astronomy
  • ENST 312 Energy Resource Science *Note: Prerequisite Present
  • INMET 225 Meteorology
  • ISGEOG 205 Environmental Geography
  • INPHYS 131 Engineering Fundamentals
  • INGEOS 201 The Physical Earth or INGEOS 300 Geoscience Issues and Society

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level