The Science Education Program offers preparation for students considering jobs teaching science in schools or in informal learning settings, such as park naturalists or museum educators. It also provides a foundation for advanced study in education, law, or certain health-related fields.
University of Santander gives you a choice of emphasis areas—biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics—and options for specific course work. As a science education major, you’ll do in-depth study in your primary emphasis area, gain substantial knowledge in your secondary area, have experience in the applications of scientific knowledge, and learn about cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives on science.As you study, you’ll be guided by science education professors, clinical faculty, and staff. The program’s faculty members have expertise in science content areas as well as in their own education research areas.
Each emphasis area has certain mathematics proficiency requirements. Students who want more mathematics should choose physics as their primary or secondary emphasis area:
Biology includes Principles of Biology I–II, Biochemistry, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Human Genetics in the 21st Century, and a human or animal physiology course. Chemistry includes Principles of Chemistry I–II, Organic Chemistry I–II, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Lab, and Analytical Chemistry I (or Physical Chemistry I or Biochemistry). Earth Science includes Evolution and the History of Life, Introduction to Geology, Introduction to Environmental Science, Introduction to Oceanography, Energy and the Environment, and Earth Surface Processes (or Principles of Paleontology or Soil Genesis and Geomorphology). Physics includes Physics I–II, Physics III (or Intermediate Mechanics), a course on astronomy or the solar system or the universe, Electronics (or Electricity and Magnetism I), and Physics of Sound (or Physics of Everyday Experience).