Science Subject Matter

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program Description

The Science Subject Matter Program, with concentrations in either Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, or Physics, leads to a BA degree in the area of concentration and meets the latest subject matter requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for subject-matter preparation of teachers of Natural Science at the general science level and in the student's area of concentration at the advanced high school level. In order to obtain a California Teaching Credential, a program of professional Education preparation is required in addition to the Subject Matter Program. A typical credential might read, for example, SCIENCE: Concentration Chemistry.

A grade of at least a "C-" and an overall GPA of 2.7 in all courses in the Science Subject Matter Program are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program. It is recommended that all coursework for the Subject Matter Program be completed before starting the Teacher Education Program. At least 15 units of the coursework or equivalent work experience must be current, i.e., completed within the past six years.

It is also possible to obtain admission to the Professional Education Program by passing a series of subject-matter examinations specified by the CTC in lieu of this Science Subject Matter Program. For information about this option contact the Teacher Preparation Program Office, Eureka Hall 216, (916) 278-6403).

Note: Due to policy changes from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the federal No Child Left Behind mandate, the Science Subject Matter program was under review at the time of this catalog printing and is subject to revision. As a result it is important to consult a credential advisor for current details.

Concentrations

  • BA: Biological Sciences / Chemistry / Geosciences / Physics

Special Features

  • At Sacramento State all four science departments have strong BA and BS programs supported by an active faculty and with modern laboratory facilities. The departments are committed to the education and development of new science teachers and have a solid record of providing professional activities and support for local experienced teachers through the work of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education.
  • This subject matter program is based on the concept that, if well educated science majors pursue teaching careers in K-12 education, science instruction will improve. To this end, the Sacramento State Science Subject Matter Program embodies the following features. The program:
  • emphasizes breadth in all four of the sciences. All credential candidates will complete a full year or more of laboratory-based science in each of the natural sciences.
  • requires depth of study in one of the natural sciences. All credential candidates must complete the BA requirements in one of the natural sciences. Through deeper study of science, credential candidates become learners in the discipline and develop the ability to be creative teachers and models for their students.
  • emphasizes laboratory and field work so that credential candidates learn to use the many tools of science including computers. This will enable them to develop laboratory programs and structure field experiences for students in their schools.
  • emphasizes science for all students. The departments recognize the need to have programs which address the needs of underrepresented groups in science; women, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics. The SEE (Science Education Equity) Office and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education encourage and enable these student groups to be successful in science and to consider careers in education.

Notes:

  • Credential candidates who complete this subject matter program in the sciences will have gained the confidence and ability to do science. They will understand that science is not just a collection of facts to be memorized but a creative and dynamic process which when applied can lead to understanding and appreciation of the natural world. This attitude will be reflected in their classrooms and will make them good models for pre-college students.
  • Science majors who intend to pursue a teaching credential should see a faculty advisor or the department chair in the department of their academic major. It is recommended that they do so early as it is critical that their science coursework be carefully planned and coordinated with the professional teacher preparation program. In addition, students are encouraged to become involved with education related activities like grading, assisting in labs, tutoring K-12 students, visiting schools, and actually teaching; all experiences that can be arranged through your advisor and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education.

Subject Matter Program - Biological Sciences (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required for Subject Matter Program: 65-66

This subject matter program provides the minimum preparation for biology students interested in the single subject teaching credential in the sciences with a concentration in biology. This program meets the standards for academic preparation set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and qualifies students to teach general science covering all four natural sciences and biology at the high school level.

Required Lower Division Core Courses (29-30 Units)
ASTR 4BIntroduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 20Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course3
GEOL 10Physical Geology3
GEOL 10LPhysical Geology Lab1
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
Select one of the following:3 - 4
Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences
Calculus I
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
Required Upper Division Core Courses (17 Units)
BIO 121Molecular Cell Biology3
BIO 139General Microbiology4
BIO 160General Ecology3
BIO 184General Genetics4
CHEM 161General Biochemistry 13
Upper Division Electives (11 Units)
Select 11 upper division biology units in consultation with an advisor 211
Total Units57-58
1

CHEM 161 is not counted toward the 24 upper division unit requirement in the major. CHEM 160A and CHEM 160B may be taken in lieu of CHEM 161. Three units may be counted toward the 24 upper division unit requirements for the major.

2

Upper division electives in biological sciences must include one course in plant biology and one course in animal biology.

BIO 106 is not acceptable toward a BA in biological sciences.

Subject Matter Program - Chemistry (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 77
A minimum grade "C-" is required in all courses required for the Chemistry major. Grades below "C-" in prerequisite courses do not satisfy prerequisite requirement.

This subject matter program provides the minimum preparation for chemistry majors interested in pursuing the single subject teaching credential in the sciences with a concentration in chemistry. This program meets the standards for academic preparation set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and qualifies students to teach general science in all the four natural sciences and chemistry at the high school level.

Required Lower Division Core Courses (53 Units)
ASTR 4BIntroduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 24Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 25Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 31Quantitative Analysis4
GEOL 10Physical Geology3
GEOL 10LPhysical Geology Lab1
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
MATH 30Calculus I4
MATH 31Calculus II4
MATH 32Calculus III4
PHYS 5AGeneral Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound4
PHYS 5BGeneral Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics4
Required Upper Division Courses (24 Units)
CHEM 124Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 140APhysical Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM 140BPhysical Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM 141Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
Select additional courses to a minimum of 24 upper division units in Chemistry including two lecture courses and two laboratory courses 112
Total Units77
1

Elective courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Subject Matter Program - Geosciences (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 70

The subject matter program provides the minimum preparation for geology majors interested in pursuing the single subject teaching credential in the sciences with a concentration in the geosciences. This program meets the standards for academic preparation set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and qualifies students to teach all four of the natural sciences and the geosciences at the high school level.

Required Lower Division Core Courses (35 Units)
ASTR 4BIntroduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
GEOL 10Physical Geology3
GEOL 10LPhysical Geology Lab1
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus I
PHYS 5AGeneral Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound4
PHYS 5BGeneral Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics4
Upper Division Courses (33 Units)
GEOL 100Mineralogy4
GEOL 102Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 103Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4
GEOL 105Paleontology4
GEOL 110AStructural Geology and Tectonics4
GEOL 111AField Geology2
GEOL 111BField Techniques2
GEOL 112Geophysics For Geologists3
Select one of the following electives:3
Volcanology
Geology of California
Oceanography
Geology and the Environment
Select 3 units from an applied geology elective3
Total Units68

Note: Attendance at 16 colloquia, verified by faculty signature, is required.

Subject Matter Program - Physics (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 80

The subject matter program provides the minimum preparation for physics majors interested in pursuing the single subject teaching credential in the sciences with a concentration in physics. This program meets the standards for academic preparation set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and qualifies students to teach all four of the natural sciences and physics at the high school level.

Required Lower Division Courses (51 Units)
ASTR 4BIntroduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
ASTR 6Astronomical Observation Laboratory1
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
GEOL 10Physical Geology3
GEOL 10LPhysical Geology Lab1
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
MATH 30Calculus I4
MATH 31Calculus II4
MATH 32Calculus III4
MATH 45Differential Equations for Science and Engineering3
PHYS 11AGeneral Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 11BGeneral Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics4
PHYS 11CGeneral Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
Upper Division Courses (29 Units)
PHYS 105Mathematical Methods in Physics3
PHYS 106Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 110Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 115Electronics and Instrumentation4
PHYS 124Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 135Electricity And Magnetism3
PHYS 175Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 191Senior Project2
Select 6 units of electives6
Total Units80

Note: Elective courses must be selected in consultation with the credential advisor.

Career Possibilities

Middle School Science Teacher · High School Teacher of General Science and Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, or Physics depending on choice of major

Contact Information

Center for Mathematics and Science Education
Sequoia Hall 330
(916) 278-5487
www.csus.edu/mase/