Life Science Education

Overview

Welcome to the Life Science Education Program at Grace College. Capable science teachers are greatly needed and sought after today. If you enjoy science and interacting with students, consider joining us.The life science major serves students interested in teaching life sciences at the secondary level.

The science curriculum supporting the B.S. in Biology is divided into two areas, biology and chemistry-mathematics. The first includes traditional courses such as General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Animal Biology, and Microbiology. Also included are General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Math. The Life Science major requires one semester each of physics and organic chemistry. Specialized courses include Environmental Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Genetics.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. Life Science Education

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

BIO 2410 Plant Biology

Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major plant groups.

BIO 2510 Animal Biology

Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major animal groups.

BIO 2610 Cellular & Molecular Biology

A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes like energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, cell division, along with the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells, and cancer cells.

EDU 1100 Foundations of Education

An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.

EDU 2350 Instructional Methods & Materials

Required of all education majors before professional education courses can be taken. Common elements are taught to both elementary or secondary majors with techniques specific to each covered. Students develop a repertoire of methods and strategies appropriate to their major and teaching level. Readings and research reports in current literature supplement the classroom instruction. 

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