The BS in Science Education at UCO is a degree program with five options: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physics, and Physical Science. The Department of Biology manages the Biology and General Science options. The Department of Chemistry manages the Chemistry option. The Department of Engineering and Physics manages the Physics and Physical Science options.
Inquiries about the Physics and Physical Science options in the BS in Science Education program may be directed toward our Physics Education Advisor: Dr. Ronald C Miller.
Inquiries about the Biology and General Science options, as well as questions about the Science Education degree, may be directed toward the College's Science Education Coordinator: Dr. Beth Allan (Biology Department).
Inquiries about the Chemistry option may be directed toward the Chemistry Education Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Frech (Chemistry Department).
The Science Education degree program at UCO was developed following guidelines proposed by the National Science Teachers Association. The five options share a common nucleus of core courses covering basic concepts in all areas of science. This nucleus provides the basis for better understanding the connections and interdependencies that exist between all branches of science. While students majoring in one of the three single field options (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) will emerge well prepared to teach introductory and advanced secondary courses in these fields, the common science core will ensure that students are provided sufficient breadth and depth for teaching science at the middle school level as well.
Why take Science Education at UCO
At comprehensive research institutions, introductory courses are frequently taught in large lecture halls or by graduate students who are themselves barely out of undergraduate school. At UCO, classes are small (typically 10 to 30 students) guaranteeing personal interest and attention. In addition, course instructors are experienced faculty members with PhD's instead of graduate students. Science Education students at UCO often have opportunities to participate in science education research projects and outreach activities with faculty members on and off campus. With its competitive tutition, UCO is also less expensive than many larger universities.
Getting Ready for Science Education
Students interested in a career as a secondary science teacher should take as much math and science in high school as their schedule permits. Students in the Physics option should be ready to take calculus in their first semester of college. Students in the Physical Science option should be ready to take College Algebra and Trig in their first semester. Students should have also completed courses in high school biology, chemistry and physics, and possess strong written and oral communication skills. Students that have not attained this level of preparation may be advised to enroll in remedial courses. High school students should feel free to contact one of the Science Education advisors (listed above) at any time they have questions about the program.
The two Science Education options managed by the Department of Engineering and Physics are:
BS in Science Education - Physics
This option is designed for those students interested in teaching physics and physics related courses at the high school level.
BS in Science Education - Physical Science
This option is designed for those students interested in teaching broad range of introductory physical science courses at the secondary level. Because it is a broader degree, students completing the minimum requirements in this option will not have sufficient preparation to teach advanced courses in Physics or Chemistry at the high school level.
You can find information for about applying to UCO at the Office of Prospective Student Services / Scholarships. This site also has information and links to scholarships offered to freshman students.
Information about scholarships available through the Department of Engineering and Physics are available on the department's scholarship page.
If you would like further information about Department of Engineering and Physics programs, or would like to arrange to visit, please contact:
Physics Education Advisor: Dr. Ronald C Miller
Department of Engineering and Physics
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034-5209