Integrated Science is a degree designed for students seeking to teach science in high schools. The sixty credit hour degree meets the State of Michigan’s requirements for 12 credit hours each in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. An additional 12 credit hours in any one of these areas provides the required minor in science. Students successful completing this program and passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Integrated Science (secondary) will meet the standards for the ‘highly qualified’ designation. This degree is only for those students who are also seeking a certificate in secondary education from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. It is also a degree intended for students who wish to teach in smaller school districts. Students seeking employment in large districts should consider majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics and minoring in another of these 4 areas.
The degree requires that certain courses in each of the four areas be taken. The remaining hours will consist of electives from the list of courses below. Other courses may be possible. Students should consult with their advisor about course selection. In addition to regularly offered courses in Natural Sciences, students must also elect at least one of the NSCI 331, NSCI 332 or NSCI 333 courses. These latter courses will also count towards the 12 hrs for the minor.
Students will need to consult with advisors in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services in order to meet the certification requirements for teaching in secondary schools.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
Foreign Language Requirement
Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.
|Ancient Greek I and II||MCL 105 and MCL 106|
|Arabic I and II||ARBC 101 and ARBC 102|
|Armenian I and II||MCL 111 and MCL 112|
|French I and II||FREN 101 and FREN 102|
|German I and II||GER 101 and GER 102|
|Latin I and II||LAT 101 and LAT 102|
|Spanish I and II||SPAN 101 and SPAN 102|
|Integrated Science Core|
|BIOL 130||Intro Org and Environ Biology||4|
|BIOL 140||Intro Molec & Cellular Biology||4|
|Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:||4|
|Behavior and Evolution|
|Inquiry: PBL in Life Science 1|
|CHEM 134||General Chemistry IA||4|
|or CHEM 144||Gen Chemistry IB|
|CHEM 136||General Chemistry IIA||4|
|or CHEM 146||General Chemistry IIB|
|CHEM 225||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:||2-4|
|Organic Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory|
|Inorganic Chemistry I|
|Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking 1,2|
|GEOL 118||Physical Geology||4|
|GEOG 203||Weather and Climate||3|
|ASTR 130||Introduction to Astronomy||3|
|ASTR 131||Introductory Astronomy Lab||1|
|Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:||1|
|Intro to GIS|
|Inquiry: Mich Earth Science 1|
|PHYS 125||Introductory Physics I||4|
|or PHYS 150||General Physics I|
|PHYS 126||Introductory Physics II||4|
|or PHYS 151||General Physics II|
|Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:||3-4|
|Instrumentation for Scientists|
|Electricity and Magnetism|
|Thermal and Statistical Physic|
|Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking 1,2|
|Concentration in one of the Four Areas Above: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics. 4|
|Students will select 12 additional upper level credit hours in one of the four areas listed above. 3||12|
|Total Credit Hours||60-63|
1. Up to three credit hours of independent study in one of the four areas listed above may be applied towards the minor.
2. Students may graduate from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science only if also being awarded secondary certification, as recommended by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Student who declare Integrated Science but do not subsequently qualify for secondary certification, or otherwise choose not to pursue secondary certification, must choose another major.
The credits for NSCI 331 can be attributed to both Chemistry and Physics.
Any upper division courses accepted for credit towards a degree in the area will meet this requirement.
Students choosing Biology must include at least one course from each of the following categories: Cellular and Molecular (CACM); Organismal (CAOB); Population and Environmental (CAPE). See Degree Works for list of courses.