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Essential Studies

The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State College provides and integrated, coherent learning experience to prepare students for a life of responsible inquiry.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science with a Comprehensive Major in Physical Sciences

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the Essential Studies requirements. Students seeking to enter graduate school are advised to take advanced coursework in the discipline, plus additional mathematics. Students should consult their advisor.

Some courses require successful completion of Prerequisite courses prior to enrollment, as articulated in the catalog course descriptions. Successful completion means earning a “C” or better in the Prerequisite course(s).

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
CHEM 131/131L College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM, GEOS, PHYS 310 Capstone I: Research Seminar 1
CHEM, GEOS, PHYS 401 Capstone II: Senior Research 1
CHEM, GEOS, PHYS 410 Capstone III: Senior Research Thesis 1
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 3
PHYS 151/151L College Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 152/152L College Physics II & Lab 4
MATH 135

MATH 232
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
OR
Applied Statistics
3
Total hours 29

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Chemistry Option

Students pursuing this option must consult with their chemistry advisor in selecting the appropriate mathematics classes from those listed in the Core Requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 29
CHEM 333/333L Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 334/334L Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 341/341L Quantitative Analysis & Lab 4
Upper division Chemistry electives 8
Total hours 53
Students should consult with an academic advisor in Chemistry in choosing elective courses specializing in physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, or biological chemistry. Must include at least two courses and associated labs from the following list: CHEM 314, 342/342L, 430, 433/433L, 444/444L.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Subject Endorsement in Chemistry (7-12)

Students must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education and Essential Studies requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete MATH 138 as the Essential Studies SLO #4 requirement and PHYS 435 to fulfill the Essential Studies SLO #9 requirement. A final grade of “C” or better must be attained in all endorsement area courses.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 136/136L Biological Science & Lab 3
CHEM 131/131L College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Intro to Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 310 Capstone I: Research Seminar 1
CHEM 320 Sup Study in Lab/Field Methods 1
CHEM 341/341L Analytical Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry I & Lab 4
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 151/151L

PHYS 241/241L
College Physics I & Lab
OR
University Physics I & Lab
4-5
Biology Electives 1
Upper division Chemistry electives 7
Total hours 43

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Field Endorsement in Science (7-12)

Students must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education and Essential Studies requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete MATH 138 as the Essential Studies SLO #4 requirement and PHYS 435 to fulfill the Essential Studies SLO #9 requirement. Spanish language classes are highly encouraged.             

Students choosing the Science Field Teaching Endorsement opt for a concentration in one of three areas:  Biology, Chemistry, or Earth and Space Science (below). A final grade of “C” or better must be attained in all endorsement area courses.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
     
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
CHEM 131/131L College Chem I and Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chem II & Lab 4
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234/234L Earth System History & Lab 4
PHYS 151/151L College Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 152/152L College Physics I & Lab 4
CHEM/GEOS/PHYS 310 Capstone I 1
CHEM/GEOS/PHYS 320 Supervised Study Lab in Lab 1
Total hours 34

Select one concentration from below:

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Biology Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 34
BIOL 220/220L Comparative Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 314 Biotechnology  3
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
Total hours 52

Chemistry Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 34
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 341/341L Quantitative Analysis & Lab 4
CHEM 433 Environmental Chemistry 3
Total hours 49

Earth and Space Science Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 34
PHYS 333 Astronomy 2
PHYS 333L Astronomy Lab 1
PHYS 334 Meteorology 3
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
GEOS 439/439L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy & Lab 4
Total hours 50

Prior to selecting this major, contact the certification officer at Chadron State College. The office is located in the Education Department of the Old Administration Building room 117 or by calling 308-432-6032.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Middle Grades Content Area of Specialization in Sciences (Grades 4-9)

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies, Professional Education Middle Grades requirements, and one other Content Area of Specialization requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete PHYS 435 to fulfill the Essential Studies requirement for student learning outcome number nine (SLO #9). A final grade of “C” or better must be attained in all endorsement area courses. The following course credits must be unduplicated, i.e. different from Essential Studies course credits taken:

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 121/121L Human Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 136/136L Biological Science & Lab 3
CHEM 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 231/231L

GEOS 234/234L
Physical Geology & Lab
OR
Earth Systems History & Lab
4
PHYS 330 Physical Science for Elem & Middle School Teachers 3
Elective in Biol, Chem, Geoscience or Physics 1
Total hours 18

Area of Concentration
Science Education

A student must complete 9 course credits from the following courses in addition to the Essential Studies and Professional Education, Elementary Education requirements. The following course credits must be unduplicated, i.e. different from Essential Studies course credits taken:

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 121/121L Human Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 136/136L Biological Science & Lab 3
CHEM 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOD 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 330 Physical Science for Elem & Middle School 3
Total hours  17 

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Minors in Physical Science

Minor in Chemistry

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major in another area.

Number Course Title Hours
CHEM 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 342/342L Instrumental Analysis & Lab 4
Upper division chemistry elective* 3-4
Total hours 19-20
*If the upper division elective has an accompanying laboratory, the student must complete both class and laboratory.
**For an Environmental emphasis, CHEM 131/131L, and 132/132L should be substituted for CHEM 140/140L, and CHEM 341/341L may be substituted for CHEM 342/342L.

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Minor in Water Resources Management

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
CHEM 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geoology & Lab 4
BIOL 337

GEOS 322
Environmental Management
OR
Introduction to GIS
3
AGRI 348 Rangeland Hydrology 3
CHEM 433/433L

AGRI 245/245L
Environment Chemistry & Lab
OR
Principles of Soil Science & Lab
4
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
Total hours 21

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