General Science is a broad base of knowledge in the field of science, with preparation for teaching at the middle school level. Students study a range of introductory courses from different areas of science, including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.
Western’s Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Program (SMATE) is a visionary and practical program designed to enrich the training and education of K-12 pre-service teachers and, through them, their students. From a collaboration of the disciplines, chemistry, geology, biology, physics/astronomy, mathematics, and Engineering, SMATE offers an opportunity for teachers and future teachers to gain specific skills within their chosen discipline.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and leads to a middle level science endorsement. It must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Western’s Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program is part of the College of Science and Engineering. Western’s Elementary Education Department is part of Woodring College of Education.