Courses | Biological Science: Secondary Instruction, B.S.

Course Overview

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology.

Major Courses

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment using concepts from ecology, biology, chemistry, geology, the social sciences and Scripture to understand the interplay of natural resources, how humans are affecting the environment, and how to deal with environmental problems.

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology.

This laboratory accompanies Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology and is divided between observational and experimental approaches, with emphasis on the collection and interpretation of quantitative data. Frequent lab discussion of relevant issues and literature will be included.

This laboratory, which accompanies Fundamentals of Organismal Biology, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included.

Writing for competency in the biological sciences. Students will get instruction and practice in science writing for the biological sciences as well as the two portions of the writing competency requirement. At the end of the course, students will take the timed writing portion of the writing competency requirement.

The study of the organs, tissues, functions and responses to environment of typical flowering plants and the morphology and life history of the major lower plant groups. Some classification of local forms is included, and limited use of the scanning electron microscope is available.

An introduction to the structure and the function of the systems of the human body. Integration and interaction of these systems in maintaining homeostasis will be a point of focus. Laboratories will provide students the opportunity to observe and interact with human anatomical structures as well as perform relevant physiological experiments.

Review of the subject matter in the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Science subtest exams. Test-taking strategies.

An introduction to the general concepts of the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems, including physiological ecology, speciation and evolutionary theory. Laboratory includes field trips and a research project.

Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter including stoichiometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, states of matter, gas laws and solutions.

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics.

The structure, properties and reactivity of organic and biological molecules.

Nature of statistical methods, description of sample data, fundamental concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, correlation and regression, application of same.

Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles.

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics.

Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I.

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II.

Education Courses

This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken during this course.

Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory.

Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined.

Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization.

During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Art: 
During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Art candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Art (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - English: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject English candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in English (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Methods of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Modern Language candidates learn, understand, and use specific teaching strategies and activities for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 Foreign Language Framework and Student Academic Content Standards for students learning Spanish (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Health Science: 
During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Health Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Health Science (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - History/Social Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject History/Social Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for History/Social Science (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Mathematics: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Mathematics candidates acquire a deep understanding of the interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics instruction: computational and procedural skills; conceptual understanding of mathematics; and problem solving skills in mathematics, and acquire pedagogical skills that assist students in learning K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for Mathematics (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Physical Education: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Physical Education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping students in learning K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for Physical Education (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Science candidates relate the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Science (Grades 7-12) to major concepts, principles and investigations in the science disciplines, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction.

 

Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings.

A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 436 Secondary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools.

Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required.

See LEDU 450.