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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.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
CHEM, GEOS or PHYS 110 Careers in Science 1
CHEM 131 & 131L College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM, GEOS, PHYS 310 Capstone I: Research Seminar 1
CHEM 332 & 332L Analytical Instru & Lab 3
CHEM, GEOS, PHYS 401 Capstone II: Senior Research 2
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 & Lab 5
PHYS 370D Scientific Computer Applications 3
Math elective chosen from 138, 151, or 232 3-5
Total hours 30-32

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Chemistry Option

Students pursuing this option must complete MATH 151 as the Essential Studies Mathematics requirement. Students must complete MATH 232 in core requirements above.

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 30
CHEM 132 & 132L College Chemistry II & Lab 5
CHEM 233 & 233L Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 234 & 234L Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 341 & 341L Analytical Chemistry I & Lab 4
*Upper division Chemistry electives 10
Total hours 57
* Electives
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 342/342L, 412, 430, 433/433L, 435/435L, 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 Mathematics requirement and PHYS 435 as one of the Essential Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements.

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 5
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 435 & 435L Biochemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 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 Natural 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 232 as the Essential Studies Mathematics requirement and PHYS 435 as one of the Essential Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements. Spanish language classes are highly encouraged.

Students choosing the Natural Science Field Teaching Endorsement opt for a concentration in one of four areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics (below).

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 131 Fundamentals of Cell Biology 3
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 3
CHEM 131 & 131L College Chem I and Lab 4
CHEM 132 & 132L College Chem II & Lab 5
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234 & 234L History of Earth System & Lab 4
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 5
PHYS 152 & 152L College Physics I & Lab 5
BIOL/CHEM/GEOS/PHYS 310 Capstone I 1
BIOL/CHEM/GEOS/PHYS 320 Sup Study Lab Meth 1
Total hours 38

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Chemistry Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 38
CHEM 231 & 231L Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 341 & 341L Analytical Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 433 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 435 & 435L Biochemistry & Lab 4
Total hours 53

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Middle Grades Content Area of Specialization in Natural 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 as one of the Essential Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements. The following hours must be unduplicated, i.e. different from Essential Studies hours taken:

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

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

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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 General Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231 & 231L Intro to Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 332 & 332L Analytical Instrum & Lab 3
CHEM 435 & 435L Biochemistry & Lab 4
Upper division chemistry elective 4*
Total hours 19
*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 332/332L.

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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
BIOL 337 Environmental Management 3
BIOL 429

CHEM 433 & 433L
Aquatic Microbiology
or
Environment Chem & Lab
4
CHEM 332 & 332L

AGRI 245 & 245L
Analytical Instrumentation & Lab
or
Prin of Soil Science & Lab
4
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 3
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
Total hours 21

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Minor in Science Education (K-8)

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

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 121 & 121L Human Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 136 & 136L Biological Science & Lab 3
CHEM 140 & 140L General Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 330 Phy Sci for Elem & Middle Sch Teach 3
Electives in Biology, Chemistry, Geocience, or Physics 1
Total hours 18

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Academic Certificate in Physical Sciences

Water Resources Management Certification

A student may be awarded a Certificate in Water Resources Management upon successful completion of Water Resources Management minor listed above.

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