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Essential Studies

The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State provides an 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 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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Geoscience Option

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

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 29
GEOS 234/234L Earth Systems History & Lab 4
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
GEOS 432 Structural Geology 3
GEOS 439/439L Sedimentology & Strat & Lab 4
GEOS 300 Geology Field Camp I 2
GEOS 346 Geology Field Camp II 2
GEOS 446 Geology Field Camp III 2
Upper division GEOS electives 3
Total hours 55

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Subject Endorsement in Earth and Space Science 

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 140/140L Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 137 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234/234L Earth Systems History & Lab 4
GEOS 310 Capstone I: Research Seminar 1
GEOS 320 Sup Study in Lab & Field Methods 1
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3

GEOS 431

GEOS 434

Geology of Water Resources

OR Introduction to Oceanography

3
PHYS 151/151L

PHYS 241/241L
College Physics I & Lab

OR University Physics I & Lab
4-5
PHYS 333/333L Astronomy & Lab 3
PHYS 334 Meteorology 3
Biology Electives 3
Geoscience Electives 3
Total hours 42-43

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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 Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry 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 Sup Study Lab Methods 1
Total hours 34

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Select one concentration from below:

Earth and Space Science Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 34
PHYS 333 Astronomy 2
PHYS 333L Astronomy Lab 1
PHYS 334 Meterology 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
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 330 Physical Science for Elem & Middle School 3

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Minors in Physical Science

Minor in Geoscience

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

Number Course Title Hours
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234/234L Earth System History & Lab 4
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
GEOS 432 Structural Geology 3
GEOS 439/439L Sedimentology/Strat & Lab 4
Total hours 21

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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 area.

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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