Integrated Science

The Bachelor of Science in 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.

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete all CASL Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Integrated Science Core
BIOL 130Intro Org and Environ Biology4
BIOL 140Intro Molec & Cellular Biology4
Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:4
Cell Biology
General Genetics
Field Biology
Invertebrate Zoology
Plant Biology
Behavior and Evolution
Inquiry: PBL in Life Science 1
CHEM 134General Chemistry IA4
CHEM 136General Chemistry IIA4
CHEM 225Organic Chemistry I3
Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:2-4
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry I
Quantitative Analysis
Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking 1,2
Earth Science:
GEOL 118Physical Geology4
GEOG/ENST 203Weather and Climate3
ASTR 130Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR 131Introductory Astronomy Lab1
Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:1
Economic Geography
Historical Geology
Intro to GIS
Remote Sensing
Physical Oceanography
Environmental Hazards
Energy and the Environment
Environmental Field Methods
Inquiry: Mich Earth Science 1
PHYS 125Introductory Physics I4
or PHYS 150 General Physics I
PHYS 126Introductory Physics II4
or PHYS 151 General Physics II
Select one or more courses from the list below to complete 12 hours:3-4
Contemporary Physics
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. 312
Total Credit Hours60-63

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.


At least one course from NSCI 331, NSCI 332, or NSCI 333 must be elected.


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.

CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FROM (course attribute CACM): BIOL 301, 306, 307, 370, 381, 385, 405, 406, 440, 450, 455, 459, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 485


BIOL 303, 310, 311, 324, 333, 335, 350, 352, 353, 357, 412, 424, 456

POPULATION & ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY FROM (course attribute CAPE):  BIOL 304, 315, 320, 337, 360, 361, 405, 414, 419, 420

Learning Goals

  1. Students will learn science content and scientific thinking in Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science and Physics that will enable them to teach secondary science students in grades 8-12. Mastery of science content will be measured by passage of the secondary Integrated Science Test of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).   NSCI 331, 332, 333
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various aspects of scientific thinking and practice such as: abstract reasoning, critical thinking, analyzing data, and the ability to draw evidence-based conclusions.  NSCI 331,332, 333
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to consider how their science content knowledge will be conveyed to future 8-12 students. This goal will be assessed by examining their reflective statements submitted as a required assignment in NSCI 331, 332 or 333. Integrated Science students are required to take one of these three courses- NSCI 331,332,333