Science Education Interdisciplinary Minor Requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the SEM, students must successfully complete at least 20 credits representing three or more academic departments or programs.

  1. Major in computer science, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, neuroscience,  physics.
  2. EDU-464: Critique of Science Education (4 credits) offered in the spring semester.
  3. General Course Options (select 8-14 credits):
    • COM-101: Public Speaking
    • COM-351: Advocacy
    • CSC-271: Morals, Laws and Society in a Digital Age
    • EDU-120: Human Growth and Development (HB)
    • EDU-221: Education of Students with Exceptionalities (prerequisites EDU-111 & EDU-120)
    • HST-263: The Atomic Bomb in History and Culture (prerequisite one history course numbered 100-199)
    • PHL-320: Philosophy of Science (prerequisite PHL-101)
    • PSC-210: Interest Groups and Political Movements (prerequisite PSC-101)
    • PSC 315: Media and Politics (prerequisite PSC-101 & PSC-150)
    • PSY-211: Childhood and Adolescence (HB) (prerequisite PSY-111)
    • PSY-213: Adulthood and Aging (HB) (prerequisite PSY-111)
    • REL-361: Religion and Science (UQ)
    • REL-362: Religion and the Environment (NE)
    • WGS-249: Women in science
    • Potential May X courses include EDU-508: International Perspectives on Public Education (May X–travel study) and EDU-115: Depiction of Schools on Film.
    • The Science Oversight Committee will continue to review the content of potential FYS/W courses based on the relevance of those courses to (i) exposing students to how individuals come to understand larger issues through social institutions; and/or (ii) explicitly studying scientific intersections in specific disciplines including philosophy, history or religion.  Potential FYSs include:  FYW-1139: God and Darwin, FYW-1146: Neuroethics, FYW-1120: Medicine, Morality and Culture, FYW 1105: Disease and Culture, FYS-1165: Epidemics: History and Mathematical Modeling, FYS 1128: Energy Future of America, FYS 1142: Nuclear Power: Pros and Cons, FYW-1119: Mapping Arguments, FYS-1160: Captivating the Public Eye: Media & Human Behavior, and FYW 1108: Evaluating Scientific Claims in the Media.

      Only one course can be from the student’s major department.  At least 12 credits must be from non-FYS/W courses and above the entry level (100).  Only one course can be a May Experience course and only one course can be a FYS/FYW.
  4. Teaching Experience (select 2-8 credits):
    • BIO-461: Teaching Methods and Materials in Biology
    • CHM-461: Teaching Methods and Materials in Chemistry
    • CSC-476: Teaching Methods in Computer Science
    • EDU-333: Science in Grades PK-6
    • EDU-454: Teaching Science in Grades 9-12
    • EDU-465: Informal Science Education
    • PHY-461: Teaching Methods and Materials in Physics

      Students cannot receive simultaneous credit for a teaching methods course and participate in a Furman Advantage Teaching Fellowship program.  If the student chooses multiple courses from this category, those courses must be from at least two different departments.
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