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Integrated Science Overview

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.