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Integrated Science Program, Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University integrated science program curriculum. Diagram constructed by Carol Ormand from information provided by Ginny Peterson. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Information for this profile was provided by Ginny Peterson in 2007. Information is also available on the program website.

Jump down to Overview and Context * Connecting to the Future of Science * Goals and Assessment * Courses and Sequencing * Additional Materials

Overview and Context

The integrated science major is designed for students seeking certification to teach at the elementary school level. It provides the pre-service teacher broad exposure in all the sciences and emphasizes the connections among the scientific disciplines, their relationship with technology, and their relevance to society.

The Integrated Science program is an interdisciplinary program that is not housed within any department. The Integrated Science faculty belong to their respective disciplinary departments and collectively run the Integrated Science program. Three Integrated Science courses are offered by the geology department specifically for students in that program. Two full-time tenure-track faculty from Geology are dedicated to teaching those classes.

Connecting to the Future of Science

This interdisciplinary program has science courses aimed at providing future elementary teachers with strong science content background, linked to state standards and modeling an inquiry approach. The courses have a significant lab component and a relatively small number of students per class. It connects to the future by developing a strong cohort of elementary science teachers.

Goals and Assessment



Assessment plans at GVSU are in the process of revision. Some current assessment tools are:

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

There is no specific entry level course.

Core courses




Science in the 21st Century

Other required courses

No required cognates, but students seeking elementary certification have an additional set of required courses that include:

Additional Materials

Download the general curriculum guide for Integrated Science students. (Acrobat (PDF) 19kB Mar26 07)

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