Lake Superior State University

Physical Science: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This program is an approved secondary teaching major leading to Michigan Teacher Certification in Physical Science (program code DP). This program combines an interdisciplinary preparation in the natural sciences (chemistry and physics) with your interest in a career as a secondary teacher at the junior or senior high level, grades 6-12.

When completing option A the candidate is not required to complete a teaching minor. A complete list of teaching minors is available from the School of Education website: Option B candidates must complete a teaching minor.

Secondary teacher certification enables the candidate to teach chemistry, physics and physical science in grades 6-12. Contact the School of Education for additional information.

In addition to classroom teaching, graduates can pursue careers as science educators, curriculum specialists or enter graduate study in science, science eduction or related fields.

Degree Requirements

Complete one of the two options listed below (A or B), and all departmental cognates, general education requirements, teacher education courses and free electives for a minimum of 124 credits.

A. Comprehensive Physical Science Major: no minor required (54 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM361 Physical Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM362 Physical Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM451 Biochemistry I 4
  • CHEM462 Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Lab 1
  • CHEM Electives 3
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4
  • PHYS Electives 3

Complete one of the following methods courses:

  • EDUC443 Secondary Methods: Science 3
  • EDUC453 Directed Study: Science Methods 3

B. Group Physical Science Major: a teachable minor is required (40 credits)

Complete one of the following methods courses:

  • EDUC443 Secondary Methods: Science 3
  • EDUC453 Directed Study: Science Methods 3

In addition to the program option A or B, complete the following:

Departmental Cognates (14 credits)

General Education (22 credits minimum)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • Social Science electives 6-8
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Humanities elective 3

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

Free Electives as needed to reach 124-credit minimum 2.70 GPA overall and major/minor B- (2.70) minimum in each EDUC course.

NOTE: A candidate may double count math courses from the cognate section when completing a math teaching minor.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.