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Elementary Education Emphasis - Science Focus - Course List

On this page: See the Science Focus course list by core subject area, including suggested upper division course sequence for junior and senior years.


 

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Enrollment Restrictions

Note: Underlined upper division courses are not open to Liberal Studies pre-majors. Footnotes in the Class Schedule contain information on enrollment restrictions for courses. Please read them carefully when searching for classes.

Science Focus Course List

Table 1: Core Subject Area - Liberal Studies (4 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION

Pre-major or Major Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)
LS 300 (field experience required) (prerequisite: ED 200)
 Major onlyAssessment in Liberal Studies (1 unit) LS 498 (prerequisite: LS 300)


 

Table 2: Core Subject Area - Math & Science (10 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION

Major onlyStatistics & Probability in Elementary Math (3 units)
Math 312 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)
Major onlySpecial Topics in Algebra, Geometry & Problem Solving (3 units)
Math 313 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)
Major onlyProcesses & Inquiry in the Physical Sciences (4 units)
PHYS 412


Table 3: Core Subject Area - Social & Behavioral Science (3 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION

Pre-major or Major Linguistics and English (3 units)
LING 420

 

Table 4: Core Subject Area - Humanities (18 units total)

CODE 

COURSE INFORMATION

Major onlyChildren's Literature (3 units)
ENGL 306A (must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306W)
Major onlyAdvanced Composition (3 units - grade of "C" or better satisfies GWAR)
ENGL 306W must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306A)
Pre-major or MajorUnited States History for Teachers (3 units)
HIST 413 (prerequisite: WPA score of 8 or RWS 280/281 with a "C" or better)
Major onlyWorld History (3 units)
HIST 411
Pre-major or MajorVisual/Performing Arts or *Education: Choose 1 course from the following list: 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)
Pre-major or MajorVisual/Performing Arts or *Education: Choose a second course from the following list: 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)

 *Only one ED/SPED class, not both, can be used in these areas. [Note: SPED 500 is a pre/ co-requisite for SPED 527.]

Table 5: Science Focus Classes (17-19 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION

Pre-major or MajorPhysical Science (Physics & Chemistry) (3 units)
Natural Science 100  (Note: This class is included in the lower-division sequence, not the upper-division)
Pre-major or MajorGrammar & Usage for Writers (required only for students who score below 8 on the WPA) (3 units)
LING 253/RWS 253 (same class, cross-listed)
Pre-major or MajorEarth Science: Process and Inquiry (4 units)
GEOL 412
Pre-major or MajorField Experience in Science (1 unit)
TE 211B
Pre-major or MajorBiology - choose (A) or (B) below (3-4 units):
(A) BIOL 101 & BIOL 101L (preferred) or BIOL 319 or BIOL 324 or BIOL 327
Pre-major or MajorChemistry or Earth Science -  choose 1 class (3-4 units):
CHEM 100 (required for ISMA) or GEOL 303 (for students NOT pursuing the ISMA)

 

Table 6: Option 5: Science Emphasis for ISMA in Science (7-9 units total)

 CODE

 COURSE INFORMATION

Pre-major or MajorPhysics (3 units)
PHYS 180A (recommended prerequisite: PHYS 412)
Pre-major or MajorPhysics (1 unit)
PHYS 182A
Pre-major or MajorChemistry (3-5 units)
CHEM 130 (3 units) or CHEM 200 (5 units) [prerequisite: CHEM 100]


 

Table 7: Options 1-5 (6-7 units)

 

 COURSE INFORMATION


See information about Options for the Elementary Education Emphasis, Science Focus.
 

 

Suggested Course Sequences, Junior and Senior Years

Table 8: Suggested Upper Division Course Sequence - Junior Year
Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
 Intro. to Liberal Studies: LS 300 (field experience)3Topics in Elementary Math: MATH 3133
 World History: HIST 4113Option class (see Options)1-5
 Visual/Performing Arts or Education choice3Introduction to Linguistics: LING 4203
 CHEM 100 or GEOL 3033-4Earth Science: GEOL 412 (spring only)4
 Grammar/Usage: LING/RWS 253 (if required)0-3Science Field Experience: TE 211B (spring)1
 or Natural Science (if not completed) 3
 *Biology (if LING/RWS 253 is waived) 0-4 *Remember international experience* 
  15-17  15-19

 

Table 9: Suggested Upper Division Course Sequence - Senior Year
Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units
Senior Assessment: LS 498 (CR/NCR only)1American History for Teachers: HISTORY 4133
Statistics & Probability: MATH 3123Visual/Performing Arts or Education choice3
Children's Literature: ENGLISH 306A3Physics: PHYS 180A and 182A4
    and
Option class (see Options)3-5
Advanced Composition: ENGLISH 306W3Biology (if not completed earlier) choice0-3
Process & Inquiry in Physics: PHYS 4124   or
Option class (see Options)1-5Option class (see Options)1-5
 15-19  16-18

 

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