Broad Field Science Major (M)

The Broad Field Science Education major consists of a combination of the Natural Sciences major from the School of Arts and Sciences along with a Secondary Education major.  Completers of this program will be licensed to teach all areas of science in grades 4 to 12.  Students can select from three different emphases - Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. 

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)

4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)

5. Application of Content:  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

11.  Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)

NOTE: All licensable majors and minors require that students pass applicable content examinations for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

Core Requirements45 - 48
Secondary Curriculum31 - 37
Major Subject Area53
Total Hours129-138

NOTE: Check with the Chair of the Secondary Education Department for possible changes in this major.

Core Curriculum - 45-48 Credits

Concordia Common Core

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions
ENG 104Introduction to Writing3
COMM 105Public Speaking (or a Language course)3
or COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication
Faith and Life Elective: Any course with REL prefix other than REL 100, 110, 201, 203, 204 3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 100Stewardship of the Body1
HHP Activity Course 1
Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design activity course3
MATH 205Statistics I ((Stats 1 for Biology Emphasis or College Algebra for Chemistry/Physcis emphasis))3
or MATH 128 College Algebra
BIO 141General Biology I4
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers (register with ED 1212)3
Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. Other Electives if under 120 credits: 3-6

SECONDARY CURRICULUM - 31 - 37 credits

Field Experience (clincial experiences are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1211Discovery Clinical0
ED 1212Cultural Clinical0
ED 1213Special Education Clinical0
Education Seminars (seminars are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1000Orientation Seminar0
ED 2000UDS Seminar0
ED 3000Student Teaching Seminar0
Theoretical & Practical Components
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)3
ED 1275Human Learning (register with ED 1211)3
ED 3318The Art & Science of Planning 23
ED 4337The Art and Science of Assessment 2,33
ED 4339The Art and Science of Instruction 2,33
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4414Portfolio Completion-Secondary 21
ED 4433
ED 4434
Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 2
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture

ED4337, ED4339, and ED4376 are taken concurrently during the Fall prior to student teaching.


Course requires Upper Division Status.

Required Core Courses
General Biology I (Science with a Lab)
Statistics I (MATH 205 for Biology Emphasis; MATH 128 for Chemistry/Physics Emphases)
College Algebra
Public Speaking (Communication)
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Writing
Courses Required for Secondary Education Students
Foundations of Education (Core Human Beings & Being Human requirement)
Human Relations for Teachers (Core Society and Culture requirement)
Curriculum & Methods in Science & Environment
Major Requirements23
General Biology I (taken in core)
BIO 142General Biology II4
CHEM 141General Chemistry I4
CHEM 142General Chemistry II4
PHYS 151General Physics I4
or PHYS 171 University Physics I
PHYS 152General Physics II4
or PHYS 172 University Physics II
SCI 275Cosmogony3
Choose one environmentally-focused class3-4
Choose one of the following emphases:9-17
Major Electives7-15
Total Hours51

Requires Upper Division Status

Environmentally-Focused Courses 

BIO 156Environmental Science3-4
or PHYS 108 Introductory Astronomy
or SCI 195 Meteorology
or SCI 235 Earth Science
or SCI 246 Oceanography

Emphasis in Biology 

Statistics I (taken in core)
BIO 146Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (If BIO 191 is chosen, BIO 192 must be selected as a major elective)4
or BIO 191 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 244Botany4
BIO 260Biology of Microorganisms4
BIO 348Genetics4
BIO 490Biology Senior Seminar (fall semester)1
Total Hours17

Emphasis in Chemistry 

College Algebra (taken in core)
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 225Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 425Biochemistry4
CHEM 491Chemistry Senior Seminar I1
Total Hours17

Emphasis in Physics

College Algebra (taken in core)
Introductory Astronomy (must be selected as environmentally-focused course)
University Physics I (must be selected as major requirement)
University Physics II (must be selected as major requirement)
MATH 201Calculus I (must be taken before PHYS 171)4
MATH 202Calculus II4
CHEM 491Chemistry Senior Seminar I1
Total Hours9

Major Electives 

7 elective credits are required for the biology/chemistry emphases, 15 for the physics emphasis.  Major electives can be selected from any courses in the other emphases (BiologyChemistryPhysics), additional courses from the environmentally-focused category, or selected from the following (prerequisites may apply):

CHEM 235Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry4
BIO 192Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 240Zoology4
BIO 321Cell Biology4
BIO 367Ecology of the Tropics3
BIO 368Ecology of the Tropics-Lab1
BIO 410Ecology4
Other courses approved by the chair of the Department of Life and Earth Sciences