Jackson Evans

"I like the variety of classes at Western and being in the mountains. With the small class sizes, you get to know your professors, and I like the learning environment."

Jackson Evans
Biology major with minor in physics

B.S.Ed. in Comprehensive Science

The Comprehensive Science Education program has been substantially revised to reflect the new North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. The new curriculum is being implemented from fall 2010. Changes include:

  • More upper level content in the concentration area
  • An introductory science education class (SCI 150)
  • An inquiry-based Nature of Science class (SCI 301)
  • A capstone research experience in the science concentration area

These improvements will provide students the theoretical and practical framework to be better informed, more effective, and innovative inquiry-based practitioners.

Curriculum Information

The B.S.Ed requires a total of 128 Credit Hours. Four concentrations are offered:  

Eight-semester Plans Undergraduate Catalog Descriptions
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Earth Sciences Earth Sciences
Physics Physics

Admission Requirements

To enter Western’s B.S.Ed. degree program in secondary education, students must be admitted to the university and apply, usually in the sophomore year, for admission to the teacher education program, which requires a GPA of at least 2.5; a satisfactory score on the Praxis I test of reading, writing and math; and an on-campus interview. Upon acceptance, you will be involved in a combination of academic classwork, portfolio preparation, and fieldwork in the form of internships and student teaching.

Questions on the curriculum? Please contact us.


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