General Science—Middle Level

General Science—Middle Level


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.

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 Compass2Campus volunteer mentor program.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Completion of this program results in a highly qualified status for elementary or middle school science under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.

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


Sample Jobs

  • Secondary Education Teacher

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.