General Science with Teaching, B.S.

The B.S. with Teaching in General Science is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" secondary education teacher-training program. The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in General Science, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors. In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with:

  1. a B.S. with Teaching degree
  2. a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and
  3. earn passing scores on the state-required SAT/PAPA tests.

Students are encouraged to stay on track to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 by meeting once each semester with a TUteach advisor and by meeting the prerequisite GPA for required courses. GPA and prerequisite course requirements insure that students are well prepared for the significant amounts of supervised classroom teaching required in advanced courses. Attention is specifically directed to the prerequisites required to enroll in SCES 4189 Project-Based Instruction, an advanced course required in all TUteach degrees and recommended to be taken in either the fifth or seventh semester. The prerequisites for this course include entering the course with a GPA of 3.0 and having earned passing scores on the PAPA Test ("Basic Knowledge:" reading, writing, and mathematics) or SAT.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6390 or 215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Mr. George Mehler, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
628 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-4074
george.mehler@temple.edu

Mr. Kenneth Ruff, TUteach Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
656 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-3628
kruff@temple.edu

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1.  University Requirements (124 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      Genetics (S)
      Cell Structure and Function (F)
      Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating (S)
      Techniques of Chemical Measurement II
      Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
      and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
      Technical Writing
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
      Introduction to Modern Physics (S)
      Experimental Physics (S)
      Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (80-88 s.h.)1
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 courses in CST and 3 courses in Education must be completed at Temple. In addition, 2 of the 4 concentration area courses must be completed at Temple.

    Biology
    BIOL 1011General Biology I (F)4
    BIOL 1012General Biology II (S)4
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Technical Writing
    ENG 2696Technical Writing3
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 1001Introductory Geology4
    or EES 2001 Physical Geology
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4-8
    Differential and Integral Calculus
    Calculus I
    and Calculus II 2
    Calculus I
    and Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Physics
    PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
    PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
    PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
    Upper-Level Electives
    Four Upper-Level (2000+) elective science courses 312-16
    College of Science and Technology
    SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
    Education
    EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions (S)3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction (F)3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-123
    SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (WI)
    History of Science
    Research Methods
    Select one of the following: 43
    Research Methods (S)
    Total Credit Hours80-88
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    The certification requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach Advisor in the College of Science and Technology, to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major. In addition, students should check the Undergraduate Bulletin website for the most current information about these programs, or the TUteach web site. It is also recommended that all students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to these majors and leading to certification as a teacher. This is to assure that a candidate's intended program of study will be compatible with the new requirements.

    2

    Students may choose to take MATH 1038 instead of MATH 1041 as part of the MATH 1041 & MATH 1042 sequence. If so, they must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    3

    The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be taken from the same department. The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.

    4

    The course must be selected from the same department as the four science electives.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include CHEM 1027, for example. 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in General Science with Teaching, students must:

  1. Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in General Science with Teaching.

  2. Achieve a 3.33 GPA or better in all the content area courses in the major.

  3. Achieve a 3.91 GPA in the following courses:

    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in General Science with Teaching

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:20-4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits11-7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 1011General Biology I (F)4
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Geology 
Physical Geology 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
BIOL 1012General Biology II (S)4
Science 2000+ Elective33-4
ENG 2696Technical Writing [WI]3
SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 [WI]3
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
Science 2000+ Elective33-4
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
General Education/Elective Credits6-5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
PHYS 1022Introduction to General Physics II4
Select one of the following (S):33
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Research Methods (S) 
Select one of the following:3
Classroom Interactions (S) 
Science and Mathematics in the Classroom 
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
Science 2000+ Elective33-4
Science 2000+ Elective33-4
Select one of the following:3
Project-Based Instruction (F) 
Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments 
General Education/Elective Credits5-3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

Not required if MATH 1031 is completed.

3

The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be taken from the same department. The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. The Research Methods course must also be selected from the same department as the four electives. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.

(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course