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    Jun 15, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Science Education B.A., with Chemistry Education Concentration


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Science Education B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators for a career in middle and high schools.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Admission Requirements


Admission to an educator preparation program is contingent upon meeting the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all General Education Information  and State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at https://www.usf.edu/education/undergraduate/academic-advising/coedu-applications.aspx

Students must complete the General Education and the General Knowledge Test before admission to a teacher preparation program. For more information, see Florida Statutes & Constitution, Education Code, Chapter 1004.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Science Education B.A./B.S., with Chemistry Concentration


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education - 3 credit hours
  • MAC X311 Calculus I - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X045 and CHM X045L) and (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 8 total credit hours
  • [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHY X049L)] or [(PHY X053 and PHY X053L) and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L)] or (PHY X048C and PHY X049C) or (PHY X053C and PHY X054C) - 8 total credit hours

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required.

Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Science Education B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Grading Requirements


  • Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.
  • Students must receive a C- or better to meet the major requirements.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


All students will enroll in multiple clinical experiences throughout the program which will provide them with the opportunity to engage in the practice of teaching.

Accreditation


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Advising Information


For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:  https://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/advising.aspx

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/advisor/index.aspx

4 Year Plan of Study - Science Education B.A. or B.S., with Chemistry Education Concentration


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Study Abroad (Optional)
  • Complete General Knowledge Test

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Apply to College of Education

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 9 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 8

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Science Education B.A./B.S., with Chemistry Education Concentration


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 8

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

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