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 (endorsement 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. Option B candidates must complete a teaching minor.  A complete list of teaching minors is available from the School of Education website: 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 and curriculum specialists, or enter graduate study in science, science eduction or related fields.

The LSSU chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society, and may provide certified degrees in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, and Environmental Chemistry degrees if a student chooses this track.  In addition, the B.S. in Chemistry for Secondary Education degree may also be certified by the ACS.  Graduates completing the prescribed requirements are awarded an ACS certificate signifying their completion of the approved degree and can qualify for membership in the Soeiety upon graduation.

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 (44 credits)

For American Chemical Society certified degree, additionally required (total lab hours must be at least 400 hrs).  See Department Chair for special rules regarding ACS certification:

  • CHEM Elective 300 or higher (3 cr min)
  • CHEM495 Senior Project 2

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 (45 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM261 Inorganic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM351 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM361 Physical Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM362 Physical Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM363 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4

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:

Support Courses (11 credits)

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

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.

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