This minor is especially designed for students majoring in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education who have an interest in and an aptitude for the natural sciences. It provides a broad background in the sciences, without the depth of focus required of a minor in one specific discipline.
Students who have successfully completed the appropriate professional sequence in Education and a minor in Science—Life and Environmental Emphasis from Lakeland University should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines they teach.
- Create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students (Knowledge) – including the ability to demonstrate understanding sufficient to teach science to students (ages 10-21) in the following areas:
- Science classroom safety standards, practices, and procedures.
- The interconnectedness of science, science connections.
- Science as inquiry.
- Physical science including physics and chemistry.
- Life science including biology and environmental science.
- Earth and space science.
- Science and technology.
- Science in personal and social perspectives.
- History and nature of science.
Professors: Brian Frink and Gregory R. Smith
Associate Professor: Paul C. Pickhardt
Assistant Professors: Amelia Fitzsimmons, Jered McGivern, and Andrew Karls