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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.

Some students may wish to pursue this program to gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences.

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Potential careers: Elementary School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, Science Curriculum Consultant, Science Journalist

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 40 credit hours divided among biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, 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 of structures, skills, 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 first gains a broad base of content knowledge and laboratory skills in each of the major scientific disciplines; then the student 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 128 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. Integrated Science majors are eligible for 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 40 credit hours and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

See page 56.

B. Required Courses

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
ENV 135    Earth Science
ENV 300       Weather and Climate
ISC 340        Science, Technology & Society
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

 

Integrated Science Course Descriptions

BIO 150 Biology I: From Molecules to Cells 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Fall, Winter Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only

Biology 150 is a course which, together with Biology 151, is designed to give the student a broad experi­ence in the biological sciences. This course empha­sizes the cellular and molecular aspects of biology. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 151 Biology II: Unity & Diversity of Life 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Winter, Fee: yes

This course is designed to give the student a broad experience in the biological sciences. In this course we deal mainly with the organismal and supra-organismal levels of biological organization. Evolution will be the unifying theme. The diversity, form, function, and ecology of organisms will be covered, with particular emphasis on plants and animals. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 201 Ecology and the Environment 4 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107; Term Fall, Summer. Fee: yes.  General Education option. Cross-listed with ENV 201

This course is a survey of the basic concepts of ecology, natural resources and ecosystems, relationships between humans and their natural environment, and the magnitude and scope of global environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and use of the scientific method. Laboratory is included.

CHM 130   Chemical Science 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100; ENG 107; LS 105; Fee: yes. Term: Fall, Winter; General Education option

A descriptive and mathematical look at chemistry for the non-scientist. Conceptual development and problem solving are emphasized. Introduction to concepts of chemistry, language and theories for general and organic chemistry. Study of atomic theory, acid-base theories, mole concept and biological molecules. Laboratory included.

ENV 135    Earth Science 4 hours
Prerequisite: LS 105; MTH 099; Term Winter. Fee: yes. General Education option.

Physical and chemical processes related to the past, present and future behavior of the Earth system and the energy systems that drive these processes. The course will focus on the Earth’s materials, the Earth’s surface and the Earth’s interior. Laboratory included.

ENV 300 Weather and Climate 4 hours
Prerequisite: ENV 135; Term Fall; Offered alternate years. Fee: yes. 

This course will orient you to the fundamentals of weather and climate. The course seeks to answer questions such as: Why is there weather in the first place? What drives the movement of air and water around the globe? How do the climates of various places differ, and what factors drive these differences? Why do the great majority of the world’s peoples live near the coasts? How might the climate be changing, and what factors might be driving these changes? Various aspects of meteorology will be dis­cussed, including solar radiation, global circulation, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles behind the weather, terminology, and weather analysis will be explored. Laboratory included.

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 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 340 Science, Technology and Society 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major; Term TBA;

This course develops students’ awareness of science and technology as human enterprises that take place in a social, environmental, and historical context.  We will examine basic scientific concepts, technological ad­vances, and their impact upon society. Science processes will be examined to illustrate how scientific knowledge is acquired. Advantages and limitations of the scientific method will be considered. The student will construct a grounded theory about the nature of the interaction of Science, Technology, and Society and its role in science education reform. Designed especially for students planning careers as elementary school teachers.

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 biology 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: Laboratory Research 2 hours
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.

PHY 135 Conceptual Physics 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100; LS 105; Fee: yes; Term: Winter; Offered alternate years. General Education option;

A descriptive and mathematical look at physics for the non-scientist. Conceptual development and problem-solving skills are emphasized. Includes the study of mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory included.

PHY 200 Exploring The Universe 2 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of all developmental and foundational courses; Term: Fall; Offered alternate years

This course presents an introduction to the field of Astronomy, including the current investigations for life on other planets. This 2 credit course consists of 12 lessons. Course topics include modern methods of observational astronomy, an overview of the scientific method, age and origin of the Solar System, descriptions of the planets and discussions of the possibility of life on other planets.

 

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