Heather McKean, Advisor
241 Science Hall
Sharen Keattch, Advisor
130 Science Hall
Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)
The Natural Science major is recommended for those students seeking K–8 certification who are particularly interested in teaching science at the 5–8 level. The coursework in this major provides a foundation of scientific principles required to teach the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements for grades 5–9. This major leads to a Middle School Science Endorsement.
Required courses in the following program of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.
Natural Science Courses
NTSC 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.
NTSC 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.
NTSC 299. INDIVIDUAL STUDY. 1-5 Credits.
Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Individual studies in natural science or planetarium operations.
NTSC 301. MIDDLE LEVEL EARTH SCIENCE. 5 Credits.
Pre-requisites: GEOG 115 or GEOL 115; MATH 211 and successful completion or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 161.
This is a required class for students planning to teach middle school science. Emphasis will be on laboratory and inquiry based earth science investigations the contents of which support instruction of the National Science Education Standards and Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs).
NTSC 302. MIDDLE LEVEL LIFE SCI INQUIRY. 5 Credits.
Pre-requisites: BIOL 115; CHEM 161; MATH 211.
This course is designed for students seeking the Middle Level Science Endorsement. Emphasis is placed on understanding the life science principles underlying the 5-9 grade level expectations of the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Students will construct knowledge of these principles through inquiry.
NTSC 390. MIDDLE LEVEL SCIENCE METHODS. 3 Credits.
Pre-requisites: NTSC 301 and NTSC 302.
This science methods course is designed for students seeking endorsement to teach middle school science. The class includes information and strategies for teaching the Washington State science standards. The focus will be on addressing commonly held misconceptions, lab safety as well as techniques and activities for teaching life, earth and physical sciences at the middle school level.
NTSC 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.
NTSC 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.
NTSC 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.
NTSC 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-10 Credits.
NTSC 539. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-10 Credits.