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General Studies

The General Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

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

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the General 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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Geoscience Option

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

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 30-32
GEOS 234 & 234L History of Earth Systems & 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
PHYS 334 Meteorology 3
Field Camp (may be taken at another institution) 5
Upper division GEOS electives 3
Total hours 56-58

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

Students must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education and General Studies requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete PHYS 435 as one of the General Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 136 & 136L Biological Science & Lab 3
CHEM 140 & 140L General Chemistry & Lab 4
GEOS 137 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234 & 234L History of Earth Systems & 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 Geology of Water Resources 3
PHYS 151 & 151L

PHYS 241 & 241L
College Physics I & Lab
or
University Physics I & Lab
5
PHYS 333 & 333L Astronomy & Lab 3
PHYS 334 Meteorology 3
Biology Electives 3
Geoscience Electives 3
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 General Studies requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete MATH 232 as the General Studies Mathematics requirement and PHYS 435 as one of the General 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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Select one concentration from below:

Earth Science Concentration

 

Number Course Title Hours
Core requirements 38
GEOS 137 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 3
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3
GEOS 431 Geology of Water Resources 3
GEOS 439 & 439L Stratig and Sed & Lab 4
Total hours 54

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

Students must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education and General Studies requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must take MATH 232 as their General Studies mathematics requirement and PHYS 435 as one of the General 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 231 & 231L Intro to Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 433 & 433L

CHEM 435 & 435L
Environmental Chemistry
or
Biochemistry
4
GEOS 137 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234 & 234L History of the Earth Sys & Lab 4
GEOS 338 Rocks & Minerals 3
PHYS 110 Careers in Science 1
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 5
PHYS 333 & 333L Astronomy & Lab 3
PHYS 334 Meteorology 3
Electives in Biology: BIOL 131, 138/138L or 139/139L 3
Total hours 44

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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 General 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 General Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements. The following hours must be unduplicated, i.e. different from General 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 Geoscience

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

Number Course Title Hours
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
GEOS 234 & 234L History of Earth Systems & 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 General 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 General Studies and Professional Education, Elementary Education requirements. The following hours must be unduplicated, i.e. different from General 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 Certificates in Physical Sciences

Geographic Information Systems Certification

A student may be awarded a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems upon successful completion of the following requirements:

Number Course Title Hours
GEOG 336 Map Use and GIS 3
GEOG 390

GEOG 400
Internship in Geography (GIS emphasis)
or
Independent Study (GIS emphasis)
4
GEOS 321 Introduction to GPS 1
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 2
IST 133 Programming Concepts I 3
IST 134 Programming Concepts II 3
MIS 331 Database Management 3
Total hours 19

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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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