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General Science Education


Our hypothesis … The Nicholls general science education program offers excellent preparation to prospective teachers who want to help students develop critical thinking skills.

A combination of education and science courses, offered through the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences, offers majors hands-on experience both in laboratories and in classrooms. Majors are required to take varied courses in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physical science and chemistry. Education courses prepare majors to write lesson plans, utilize effective instructional methods and manage a high school science classroom or laboratory.

Program Requirements:

All candidates in the Secondary Education program must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.

Secondary Education candidates are required to take courses in:

  • Methods in providing a multicultural environment
  • Methods in Creative Arts and Music
  • Methods in Language and Literature, Math, Science, and Technology
  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
  • Methods of teaching specific to concentration area of instruction

scienceField Experiences: Secondary Education candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework which encompasses a student teaching experience that is completed at the end of the program. These experiences include observations and teaching whole group, small group and individual instruction in Public School Secondary Settings.

Candidates must also complete Praxis I and the following two sections of Praxis II for Louisiana Teacher certification in Secondary Education: PLT: 7-12th and Praxis exam specific to concentration area.

Praxis I must be completed prior to entering EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) and Praxis II must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester.


General science education majors must have general science as their primary certification and a secondary focus from:

  • Biology and Environmental Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space/Environmental Science

Biology and Environmental
Science Secondary Focus

Chemistry Secondary Focus

Earth and Space/Environmental
Science Secondary Focus

BIOL 203
BIOL 204
BIOL 301
BIOL 320
BIOL 326
BIOL 370
BIOL 471
CHEM 221
CHEM 222
CHEM 226
CHEM 221
CHEM 222
CHEM 226
CHEM Elective
CHEM 300
CHEM 302
CHEM 481
Electives (6 hrs. 300-level
or above)
BIOL 301
BIOL 370
BIOL 471
CHEM 221
CHEM 481
GEOG 370
GEOL 300
GEOL 370
Elective (300-level or above)

Secondary Education Degree Plan (PDF)
*For the most current program curriculum visit the course catalog and access the curriculum check sheets for the current year.

For more information about the General Science Education Degree, contact the department head, Dr. Gregg Stall.
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