Science Studies

We’re helping future generations develop a passion and appreciation for science.

Do you have an innate curiosity about the natural world? Would you like to share that passion with young learners through hands-on experiments? This bachelor’s degree program in Science Studies prepares you for leading diverse classrooms in their study of science’s fundamental concepts and disciplines.

Pair your studies with elementary teacher certification and you’ll be qualified to teach all subjects in grades K-5 with the optionto become certified to teach science in grades 6-8. Either way, you’ll be part of a balanced program that combines academic studies, professional training, multiple field experiences in local schools, and thorough training in how to use technology in the 21st-century classroom.

And with successful completion of the program, you’ll earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

Dearborn Discovery Core

Please see the Dearborn Discovery Core (General Education) webpage or additional information.

Foundational Studies

Writing and Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper-Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Core Course Requirements

Language Arts
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
EXPS 298Exploring Writing to Communicate, Learn, & Teach3
LING 280Introduction to Linguistics3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
or EDA 236 Literacy in Grades 3-6
Social Studies
EXPS 282History & Civics Elem Schools3
EXPS 283Geography & Econ Elem Schools3
or EDM 292 The world around us: Integrated world geography for upper elementary teachers
Mathematics
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
MATH 386Math for Elem Teachers II3
MATH 387Math for Elem Teachers III (Not required for the Early Childhood major.)3
Science Studies
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science 13
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science 13
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science 13
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
Not required for the Early Childhood major.
Total Credit Hours39
1

Two of the three NSCI core courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn. A) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231, B) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy NSCI 232, and C) an introductory life science course will satisfy NSCI 233.

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Pre-professional courses are generally completed in the freshman and sophomore year.  

EDA 205Introduction to Education3
or EDA 200 Social Justice & Community Based Education
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
or EDA 219 Early Literacy: Birth to Grade 3
Required for Early Childhood and Special Education Majors only
EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
EDF 450Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Families3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
EXPS 407Inquiry-based Math and Science3
Required for Early Childhood Majors only
Total Credit Hours21

Major Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses 1
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science (see Note #3 below)3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science (see Note #3 below)3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science (see Note #3 below)3
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
NSCI 331Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking3
NSCI 332Inquiry: Mich Earth Science3
NSCI 333Inquiry: PBL in Life Science3
Electives
Physical Science (any CHEM, PHYS)4
Earth/Planetary Science (any ASTR, GEOL; ENST/GEOG 203, 204; ESCI 301, 305, 332)4
Life Science (any BIOL; ESCI 275)4
Total Credit Hours33
1

BIOL 240/BIOL 242 and NSCI 120/NSCI 121 cannot be used for science credit.

Major Notes:

  1. 15 semester hours required at UM-Dearborn.
  2. 6 semester hours required in courses at the 300 level or above.
  3. Transfer students - 2 natural science courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn:
    a) an introductory physical science will satisfy NSCI 231;
    b) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy 
    NSCI 232;
    c) an introductory life science course will satisfy 
    NSCI 233.
  4. Astronomy satisfies Earth/Planetary Science requirement.

Program Notes:

  1. Minimum GPA's are required for program completion: 2.75 cumulative, 2.75 in major, 2.75 in optional minor(s), and 2.75 in Professional Studies.
  2. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once per year and in the term prior to graduation.
  3. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  4. The minimum number of semester hours required to graduate is 120.
  5. CEHHS recommends successful program completers for State of Michigan Certification, however, it is ultimately up to the State of Michigan to issue certificates.  Certain offenses on a criminal record can keep individuals from obtaining teacher certification.  Please refer to The Revised School Code, Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1539b.
  6. Students must meet Dearborn Discovery Core requirements.  See http://umdearborn.edu/696973/ for details
 

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 21 semester hours from the following:

Required Courses 1
NSCI 231Inquiry: Physical Science (see Note #2 below)3
NSCI 232Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science (see Note #2 below)3
NSCI 233Inquiry: Life Science (see Note #2 below)3
EXPS 420Science Capstone3
NSCI 331Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking3
NSCI 332Inquiry: Mich Earth Science3
NSCI 333Inquiry: PBL in Life Science3
Total Credit Hours21
1

NSCI 120/NSCI 121 and / cannot be used for science credit.

Program Notes:

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for a minor.
  2. Transfer students - 2 natural science courses may be transferred to UM-Dearborn:
    a) an introductory physical science will satisfy 
    NSCI 231;
    b) an introductory earth/planetary science will satisfy 
    NSCI 232;
    c) an introductory life science course will satisfy 
    NSCI 233.
  3. Astronomy satisfies Earth/Planetary Science requirement.
  4. Advising Policy:  The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as on the Four Phase Checklist.  Students are expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once a year and in the term prior to graduation.

  5. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  6. In order to be recommended for endorsements, students must pass the appropriate MTTC exam in addition to completing the coursework.
  7. MTTC test scores must be reported by electronic delivery or direct mail from Pearson Evaluation Systems to the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  No hand carried scores will be accepted.