Elementary Education Science Minor

Undergraduate Program

Elementary Education Science Minor

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Elementary Education Science Minor Overview

PSU's elementary education science minor provides aspiring elementary school teachers with a background in the sciences, making them more competitive in the Graduate Teacher Education Program and marketable in teacher placement.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • m
    Minor
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    37-38
    Start Term
    Any

Elementary Education Science Minor: Why PSU?

In addition to a core set of courses, you'll choose two classes from a concentration in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, geography, or anthropology.

What can I do with a Minor in Elementary Education Science?

The minor in elementary education science prepares you to enter a graduate teacher education program and be licensed in Elementary Multiple Subjects. While the minor is not a requirement for admission to the PSU Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), it does include all the prerequisites for admission to the program.

Featured Courses

  • MTH 211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics
  • SCI 201 Natural Science Inquiry
  • SCI 311U Teaching Everyday Science
  • BI 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Cells, Genes and Heredity
  • SCI 343U Columbia Basin Plant Communities
  • CH 104 Introductory Chemistry with lab
  • SCI 335U Water in the Environment
  • G 344U Geology of the National Parks
  • G 355 Earth and Space Sciences for Elementary Educators
  • G 430 Life of the Past
  • G 341U Geology of Oregon Country
  • PH 101 Essentials of Physics
  • PH 361U/SCI 315U General Astronomy
  • GEOG 210 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 311U Climatology
  • GEOG 314U Severe Weather
  • GEOG 345U Resource Management
  • GEOG 368U United States and Canada
  • ANTH 101 Intro to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 102 Intro to Archaeology
     

Other Program Information

The Minor in Elementary Education Science is intended for students who plan to enter a graduate teacher education program and be licensed in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. While the minor is not a requirement for admission to the PSU Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), it does include all the prerequisites for admission to the program. Students seeking a license for early childhood and elementary education must complete a graduate­ level licensure program. The Graduate School of Education provides the teacher licensure as part of the GTEP.

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).