As a Physical Science major you'll study geology, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. MSU's Division of Science offers a choice between a straight physical science degree and an environmental science option, which places greater emphasis on biology and geology.
- Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Physical Science
- Physical Science minor
- Physical Science concentration
Learning to teach
Physical Science is a learn-by-doing degree. You'll participate in a wide range of practicum-centered experiences and be encouraged to participate in faculty research projects. You also will take core education classes in curriculum development, classroom management, planning and assessment, teaching diverse and exceptional learners, and child, adolescent and educational psychology.
Requirements for future teachers
Admission to the teacher education program is selective. Criteria includes:
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in MSU general studies and required education courses
- 20 hours of documented, supervised activities with children
- References from two former teachers and from your college program
- Passing scores on pre-professional skills tests in reading, writing and math
In addition to university wide teacher education requirements, there are additional Division of Science requirements.
Once accepted to the program, education majors participate in classroom experiences and complete a student teaching requirement.
Is teaching right for you?
Teachers like working with children and adolescents, have a command of the content they teach, are good at explaining things, have a sense of humor, are fair-minded and build relationships with students and parents. They often work with students from varied ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. In addition to conducting classroom activities, they may oversee study halls and homerooms, supervise extracurricular activities and accompany students on field trips.
Overall, teacher employment is expected to remain steady in the Midwest and grow faster than average in the South and West. Those who teach science are more likely to find teaching jobs.
As a physical science major you will take most of your classes in Cyril Moore Hall. Home to the geology, biology, physics, and chemistry departments, Cyril Moore houses nearly 30 laboratories where students assist with faculty research and conduct their own research projects.
College of Education and Health Sciences
- The College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health science.
- Our faculty members are sought after for their scholarly expertise and their contributions to the community.
- Our education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.
Dr. Ryan Winburn
Chair of Science Department
Phone: 701-858-3084 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3084