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Integrated Science Overview

CAREER INFORMATION
The Integrated Science Group Major is certifiable by the State of Michigan for K-8 teacher candidates. In order to be certified, students must complete this major, the elementary teaching minor, and the Teacher Education professional sequence. Some students may wish to pursue this program to gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences.

POTENTIAL CAREERS
Elementary School Teacher • Middle School Teacher • Science Curriculum Consultant • Science Journalist • Science Museum Staff

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Integrated Science is designed to provide the student with a broad-based science curriculum with interdisciplinary components for those candidates seeking certification to teach at the elementary- and/or middle school level. Requirements include 44-45 credit hours spread across biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, engineering, and integrated science.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The Elementary Integrated Science Program at Marygrove College has been designed to strengthen science teaching in K-8 schools. The Elementary Integrated Science Program coursework emphasizes “the learning of science through investigation and inquiry”, as called for by the National Science Education Standards. The rationale of the new curriculum design is that our graduates will model their teaching based on how they were taught. The new sequence of courses will provide students with a broad science background as well as an in-depth understanding of effective and innovative practices in teaching science.

The courses and experiences in the Integrated Science program are organized to develop an understanding and appreciation of science structures, core concepts, ideas, values, facts, methods of inquiry, and uses of technology needed by today’s teachers. The curriculum is designed such that the candidate not only gains a broad base of content knowledge and laboratory skills in each of the major scientific disciplines, but also learns how to integrate content within the sciences as well as throughout non-science disciplines.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
Program Scheduling
The B.S. in Integrated Science program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies. Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 120 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Integrated Science major.

Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

Writing Intensive Requirement
All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course.

Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.S. in Integrated Science.

Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate. Students may receive elective credit for an internship through ISC 388, ISC 488, and/or ISC 491.

Awards
Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The Natural Sciences Department Award is given to the outstanding graduating science major. Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.

Bachelor of Science, Integrated Science Group Major (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science with an integrated science group major requires 44-45 credit hours and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Courses (41 – 42 credits)
BIO 150 Biology I: From Molecules to Cells
BIO 151 Biology II: Unity and Diversity of Life
BIO 201 Ecology and the Environment
CHM 130 Chemical Science
ENC/POL/PSY/SOC 305 Introductory Statistics
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MTH 325 Statistics
ENV 135 Earth Science
ENV 300 Weather and Climate
ISC 222 Introduction to Engineering
ISC 312 Junior Seminar
ISC 496A Science Senior Seminar: Library Research
ISC 496B Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research
PHY 135 Conceptual Physics
PHY 200 Exploring the Universe

C. Electives (minimum of 3 hours)
BIO 257 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
ENV 320 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
ENV 370 Environmental Policy and Regulation
ISC 410 Special Topics

 

Integrated Science Course Descriptions

ISC 210 Integrated Science I 4 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of developmental and foundational courses; Term Fall Fee: yes. General Education option.
ISC 210 is a course which, together with ISC 211, is designed to give students a broad experience in the natural sciences and help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the nature of science, the evolution of science, how we use science, the role of science in society, and the prospects for science in the future. This course emphasizes the physical science and its interrelatedness to other areas of science. Elementary education and general education students are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

ISC 211 Integrated Science II 4 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of developmental and foundational courses; Term Winter Fee: yes. General Education option.
ISC 211 is a course which, together with ISC 210, is designed to give students a broad experience in the natural sciences and help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the nature of science, the evolution of science, how we use science, the role of science in society, and the prospects for science in the future. This course emphasizes the life science, earth science, and their interrelatedness to other areas of science. Elementary education and general education students are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

ISC 222 Introduction to Engineering 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100; ENG 108, or permission of the instructor
This course introduces the engineering profession, its disciplines, professional concepts, as well as the ethical and professional responsibility. An overview of problem solving and the engineering design process with the utilization of various computer applications are covered. Engineering communication skills will be emphasized and utilized in the course. The class highlights the latest issues facing engineers and introduces the most advanced concepts and practices that are required to engineer for sustainability. The interconnection between engineering and sustainability will be discussed by examining the impact of engineering decision on society, business, and the environment. Sustainable design methodology as well as sustainable energy systems and infrastructure will be addressed. The course is suitable for students pursuing science, engineering, education, or business degrees.

ISC 312 Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter
Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS. Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work. In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports. The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one. A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity. This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 388 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, Integrated Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

ISC 410 Special Topics 3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior status in the major; Term: TBA
Selected topics and issues in science and/or science education as chosen by the instructor.

ISC 488 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, Integrated Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

ISC 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; Integrated Science major; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 496A Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major; completion of general education and writing requirements; Term: Fall, Winter
This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project. Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B. Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B Science Senior Seminar: 2 hours
Laboratory Research Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member. The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.