Integrated Science

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Integrated Science Program offers an integrated science major with teacher certification at the elementary/middle school level and an integrated science secondary endorsement for teacher certification at the middle school/high school level.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Integrated Science Major The integrated science major (ISCI) is designed for students seeking certification to teach at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides students with broad exposure in all of the sciences and emphasizes the connections among the scientific disciplines and their relevance to society. In order to be certified, students must:

  • Complete this major with a 2.7 GPA
  • Pass the ISCI subject area Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
  • Complete the College of Education professional program
  • Complete the elementary teaching minor

Integrated Science Secondary Endorsement The integrated science secondary endorsement certifies students to teach general science at the middle school level and biology, chemistry, earth science and physics at the high school level. Students seeking the Integrated Science Secondary Endorsement must first complete a teachable science major and minor before completing coursework toward the endorsement. Interested students should contact the CLAS Academic Advising Center at www.gvsu.edu/clasadvising for additional information.

Coursework

Students study a variety of content, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Integrated Science
  • Science Teaching Pedagogy

Why Study Integrated Science at Grand Valley?

  • Courses designed specifically for the major and taught using best practices identified by the research literature.
  • Limited class sizes to maximize interactions between faculty and students as well as among students.
  • Our students are very successful in passing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification on their first attempt.
  • Opportunities to be extensively engaged in scholarship and professional growth (see the ISCI website for a list of student publications and presentations).
  • Opportunities to be involved in professional organizations (Michigan Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association) and attend professional conferences.
  • Integrated science majors are active in the community and involved in service learning in area schools.

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