The Secondary Education Science Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The Secondary Education Science programs include the following bachelor's degrees: Secondary Education Biology, Secondary Education Chemistry, Secondary Education Earth Science and Secondary Education Physics. Along with the liberal arts requirements, these programs lead to teacher certification for 6-12 grades in classrooms of their respective science. The Secondary Education minor programs include Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics.

  • Secondary Education Biology [BS]

    The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Biology Major provides a comprehensive foundation in biology content and teaching when combined with the professional course sequence for certification through the College of Education.

    What You Will Learn

    You will study life sciences, genetics, evolution and general chemistry. Additional courses in education and methods for teaching will help you to understand how to bring the excitement of biology into the classroom.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Biology (DA) endorsement can teach Biology in 6-12th grade classrooms. By pursuing this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Biology, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

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  • Secondary Education Chemistry [BS]

    The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Chemistry Major provides a comprehensive foundation in chemistry content and teaching when combined with the professional course sequence for certification through the College of Education.

    What You Will Learn

    You will study general chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and the nature of science. Additional courses in education and methods will help you to understand how to bring the excitement of chemistry into the classroom.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Chemistry (DC) endorsement are eligible to teach chemistry in a variety of educational settings, including grades 6-12 at public and private middle schools and high schools. By pursuing this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

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  • Secondary Education Earth Science [BS]

    The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Earth Science Major integrates multiple fields of study to address grand challenges that the growing global population faces, such as sea level rise, climate change, life near geologic hazards, and sustainable sources of energy.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn how to apply the scientific method to enhance your understanding of the four primary components of the earth system – geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere – and the connections that exist among these components to produce complex planetary-scale phenomena, such as climate change. The Geology program at EMU focuses mainly on the geosphere component of the earth system, whereas the Earth Science program broadly addresses all four components of the earth system.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Earth/Space Science (DH) endorsement can teach earth science in 6-12th grade classrooms. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of Geography & Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

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  • Secondary Education Physics [BS]

    The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Physics Major provides a comprehensive foundation in physics content and teaching when combined with the professional course sequence for certification through the College of Education.

    What You Will Learn

    You will learn the aspects of the universe, seek to understand the smallest forms of matter, the rich phenomena present in our everyday lives, and the universe itself. Additional courses in education and methods of teaching will allow you to bring the excitement of physics into the classroom.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Physics (DE) endorsement can teach Physics in 6-12th grade classrooms. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses.

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  • Secondary Education Science Minors

    The College of Education offers several options for those who wish to earn a Secondary Education minor in the sciences. A minor in either Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics, along with skills acquired through a major course of study, prepares you to teach your chosen subject area in 6-12th grade classrooms.

    What You Will Learn

    You will take courses specific to your chosen science minor as well as courses in education and methods, which will help you understand how to bring the excitement of scientific studies into secondary classrooms.

    Secondary Education Biology Minor

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Biology (DA) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Biology (DA) endorsement can teach Biology in 6-12th grade classrooms. Average of 27-31 credit hours to complete.

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    Secondary Education Chemistry Minor

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Chemistry (DC) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Chemistry endorsement can teach Chemistry in 6-12th grade classrooms. Average of 24 credit hours to complete.

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    Secondary Education Earth Science Minor

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Earth Science (DH) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Earth/Space Science endorsement can teach earth science in 6-12th grade classrooms. Average of 24 credit hours to complete.

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    Secondary Education Physics Minor

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Physics (DE) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Physics endorsement can teach Physics in 6-12th grade classrooms. Average of 22-26 credit hours.

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At a Glance

  • Average 22-31 credit hours, depending on minor subject
  • Must be taken with a major course of study

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