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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

STEM Education, B.S.

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Major Code: 7155 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, field Location/s: main campus

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education major is based on the national UTeach Teacher Preparation Program. This degree cannot be earned except as a dual degree. Students choosing this program are required to be successfully admitted into a primary STEM major before being admitted into the STEM education program as the secondary major.

Successful completion of the requirements of the primary major and the STEM education major results in a dual degree with both the primary and secondary majors showing on the diploma.

Students in this program develop the knowledge, skill and experience needed to be an effective subject matter teacher, anchored in the depth and breadth of knowledge from the primary major, and are qualified to take the state certification examination and become certified as teachers in their primary field.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply should first be admitted into an approved STEM major. Once Inquiry Approaches to teaching (EDS 1502 ) is successfully completed, admission into the STEM education program is permitted.

Admissions requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview  section.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete all requirements from their primary STEM major and the STEM education program curriculum shown here. (undergraduate core education requirements may be satisfied through the primary major). To successfully complete the STEM education degree program, a minimum of 120 credit hours are required.

Students should register for Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (EDS 1502 ) in their first semester to explore teaching as a potential career option in addition to their primary major. Once successfully completed, the student is able to request admission into STEM education as the secondary major.


STEM Education Core (29 credit hours)

Total Credits Required: 120

Most STEM education program coursework is completed through substitution for free, restricted and technical elective credits in the primary major, allowing the STEM education degree to be completed concurrent with the student’s primary major.

Students must work closely with their primary major advisor in developing a program plan that satisfies the requirements for both the primary and secondary majors.

One example of a primary STEM major is general chemistry. The program plan that includes the STEM education curriculum follows. To earn the STEM education degree, Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (EDS 1502 ) must be completed in the student’s first semester, InquiryBased Lesson Design (EDS 1503 ) during the second semester, and Content Area Reading (EDS 4081 ), during the fall semester of the senior year, for a total of five additional credits beyond that required in the general chemistry curriculum when completed without the STEM education program as the secondary program.

Chemistry - General Chemistry, B.S.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credits Required: 125

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