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General Science—Elementary

General Science is a broad base of knowledge in the field of science, with preparation for teaching at the elementary and 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 of chemistry, geology, biology, physics/astronomy, mathematics, and engineering the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Program offers an opportunity for teachers and future teachers to gain specific skills within their chosen discipline. 

This program is designed to prepare future teachers at the elementary and middle school level with an emphasis in Science. The major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.


Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to join clubs in the science and math disciplines, or be involved in classroom learning opportunities through programs like the Compass2Campus volunteer mentor program.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Completion of this program results in a highly qualified status for elementary or middle school science.

Graduates find jobs in school districts and other teaching positions, while others choose to continue their education.


Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.