Education at Aquinas College

Integrated Science Major - Elementary

Integrated Science Major - Elementary
Certification/Endorsement Code: DI
Michigan Subject Areas Test Code: 093
Programs: Elementary – Major

At least 23 credits of the Integrated Science major must be taken at Aquinas College. This major is only available for students seeking Elementary certification.

  • A grade C or higher is required for all courses required for Teacher Certification.

Integrated Science Elementary courses (44 credit hours)

  • BY 123 Environmental Biology (3) NL
  • BY 150 Human Biology (4) NL
  • BY 170 Introduction to Organisms (4) NL
  • BY 171 Introduction to Cells (4)
  • CY 111 General Chemistry (4) NL or CY 155 General, Organic, & Biochemistry I (3)
  • CY 112 Organic Chemistry (4) or CY 156 General, Organic, & Biochemistry II (3)
  • EL 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) NN
  • GY 101 Earth Environments (4) NL
  • GY 129 Physical Geography of Michigan (3)
  • PC 201 General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL or PC 213 General Physics w/ Calculus: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL
  • PC 202 General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4) NL or PC 214 General Physics w/ Calculus: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)
  • PC 295 Observational Astronomy (3) NN

Courses

  • BY123 Environmental Biology (3) NL

    Introduction to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on human influences. Field experience based labs. Two (2) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY275 or BY352. Offered every semester.

  • BY150 Human Biology (4) NL

    Systems approach to study of basic human anatomy and physiology designed for non-biology majors. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY221 or BY372. Offered every fall and odd-numbered springs.

  • BY170 Introduction to Organisms (4) NL

    This course will introduce the evolutionary processes that shape variation within populations and generate species diversity. It will examine the diversity in organismal morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology, and describe the interactions between species and their environments. The overarching goal of the course is to illustrate fundamental concepts in evolution, ecology and diversity via examples of species adaptations and interactions. An additional goal is to develop critical analytical skills through case studies, interactive lab protocols, and hands-on observations of plant and animal specimens. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every fall. BY170L, weekly lab.

  • BY171 Introduction to Cells (Formerly BY160 Principles of Biology) (4)

    Introduction to the structure and function of cells, including basic chemistry, metabolism, mitosis, genetics, protein synthesis, and cell regulation. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every semester.

  • CY111 General Chemistry (4) NL

    A first college course in chemistry designed primarily for science majors. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, properties of gases, solids, and liquids, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. Three (3) hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY100 or high school chemistry; math placement score of 18 or higher, co-registration in MS114, or completion of MS114 with a C or better. High school physics strongly recommended.

  • CY155 General, Organic, and Biochemistry I (3)

    This is the first of two semesters of an introductory course in chemistry for students of nursing and other health-related disciplines. This course may not be applied to the chemistry major or minor. Topics in the first semester will include: measurements and chemical quantities, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, solutions, and gases. Additional topics may also be introduced. Three (3) hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: CY157 (except UDM Nursing students) and MS101 or MS111 unless previously completed with grade of C or better. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

    (NL, if CY157 is also completed)

  • CY112 General Chemistry (4)

    A continuation of CY111. Topics include coordination chemistry, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, electrochemistry, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY111 and CS152 with grades of C- or better. Co-enrollment in CY112 and CS152 is allowed with approval of the chemistry department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

  • CY156 General, Organic, and Biochemistry II (3)

    This is the second semester of an introductory course in chemistry for students of nursing and other health-related disciplines. This course may not be applied to the chemistry major or minor. Topics will include: acids and bases, chemical equilibrium and reaction rates, nuclear chemistry, organic functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, metabolic pathways and energy production. Additional topics may also be introduced. Three (3) hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: CY155 with a grade of C or better, AP Chemistry exam score of 3 or higher, or passing score on the chemistry placement exam; MS101 or MS111 (or equivalent) with grade of C or better. Co-requisite: CY158 (except UDM Nursing students). This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

  • EL100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) NN

    Introduction to principles of environmental relations and processes; survey of environmental literature.

  • GY101 Earth Environments (4) NL

    Natural elements of environment and effects on humans: seasons, radiation, wind, moisture, climate, as well as landforms resulting from running water, ice, gravity, marine activities, and tectonic processes. Three (3) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab (GY101L).

  • GY129 Physical Geography of Michigan (3) NN

    Detailed analysis of the physical characteristics of Michigan; emphasis on weather, land forms, geology, and environmental problems. Special Note: Not open to students with GY130 credit.

  • PC201 General Physics: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4) NL

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab.

  • PC213 General Physics with Calculus: Mechanics, Sound, Heat (4)

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: MS121.

  • PC202 General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

    Prerequisite: PC201 or instructor approval.

  • PC214 General Physics with Calculus: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Nuclear Physics (4)

    Four (4) hours lecture, two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: PC213.

  • PC295 Observational Astronomy (3) NN

    A semester-long survey of the historical milestones in the development of astronomical modeling, as well as a study of the solar system and its constituents. Stars, galaxies, and cosmological models of the universe are also considered in detail. Intended for students with no significant exposure to the study of astronomy.