General Science—Secondary

General Science—Secondary


General Science is a broad base of knowledge in the field of science, with preparation for teaching at the secondary 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, the SMATE 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 middle school and secondary level with an emphasis in Science. The major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Secondary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.

Western’s Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program is part of the College of Science and Engineering. Western’s Secondary Education Department is part of the Woodring College of Education.

“The support a teacher candidate receives within the department is invaluable and the staff is continually monitoring the candidate’s progress. By becoming a science teacher, you can have a profound impact in the life of a student.”

–Marie Honrud, Student

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

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.