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General Science


Interdepartmental Graduate Committee on General Science
Professor Hans Andersen (Education), Chairperson; Professor Gary Lane (Geology); Professor Catherine Olmer (Physics); Professor Albert Ruesink (Biology); Professor V. Jack Shiner (Chemistry)

Graduate Advisor
Professor Hans Andersen, Wright Education Building 3109, (812) 856-8130

Degree Offered
Master of Arts for Teachers

Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements
Bachelorís degree with 35 credit hours in science or in science and mathematics. It should be understood that the program of study for this degree is not designed to allow one to continue for the Ph.D. degree.

Course Requirements
Sixty-five (65) credit hours in science and mathematics (counting courses taken as an undergraduate) to include:

  1. 35 credit hours in the physical sciences, distributed as follows: astronomy (3 credit hours), chemistry (10 credit hours), geology (6 credit hours), physics (10 credit hours), and electives (6 credit hours);
  2. 25 credit hours in the biological sciences, distributed as follows: plant sciences (10 credit hours), microbiology (5 credit hours), and zoology (10 credit hours). Certain general biology courses may count toward this requirement (see below); and
  3. 5 credit hours in mathematics or computer science.
At least 36 credit hours are required beyond the bachelorís degree, including 26 credit hours in the above-named sciences, mathematics, or computer science, the remaining 10 credit hours in science, mathematics, or education.

These minimum requirements are to be met by selecting from the following courses; an advisor in the program should be consulted regarding the acceptability of other courses.

  1. Physical Sciences
    Astronomy: A100, A105 (or A110), A201, A202, A451, A452, X311
    Chemistry: C105 and C125, C106 and C126, C315, C317, C318, C335, C341, C342, C343, C344, C360
    Geology: G111, G112, G221, G222, G300, G301 (or G411), G316, G319, G334, G404
    Physics: P201-P202 (or P221-P222), E250, P300, P301, P302, P310, P331, P340, P360, P421, P431
  2. Biological Sciences
    General Biology: L111, L112, L113, L211, L311, L312, L313, L318, L319, L323
    Microbiology: M310, M315
    Plant Sciences: B300, B351, B352, B364, L313, B371, B372, B373
    Zoology: Z265, Z373, Z374, Z375, Z406, Z460, Z464, Z466
  3. Mathematics and Computer Science
    Mathematics: M215, M216
    Computer Science: C201
Other 300- and 400-level science courses must be approved by your advisor.

B (3.0) average or higher; at least B in science courses.

Certification Requirements
All students seeking the M.A.T. degree must be eligible for certification to teach at the middle school or high school level in Indiana or another state.

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