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Education Generalist Emphasis - Science Focus

On this page: Learn about the education generalist emphasis with a focus in science education, and see the course list for this emphasis, including suggested upper division course sequence for junior and senior years.


This emphasis is preparation for teaching in elementary school and is open only to transfer students who have completed the Transfer Model Curriculum.

Letter Grade Requirement

All courses, except LIB S 498, must be taken for a letter grade and cannot be taken CR/NC.

Science Focus Course List

Table 1: Core Subject Area - Liberal Studies (4 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)
LS 300 (field experience required) (prerequisite: ED 200)

Assessment in Liberal Studies (1 unit) LS 498 (prerequisite: LS 300)


 

Table 2: Core Subject Area - Math & Science (10 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Statistics & Probability in Elementary Math (3 units)
Math 312 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Algebra of Change (3 units)
Math 313 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Processes & Inquiry in the Physical Sciences (4 units)
PHYS 412


Table 3: Core Subject Area - Social & Behavioral Science (3 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Linguistics and English (3 units)
LING 420 (This is a prerequisite class for LING 430 and LING 452.) 

 

Table 4: Core Subject Area - Humanities (18 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Children's Literature (3 units)
ENGL 306A (must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306W)
"C" or betterAdvanced Composition (3 units - grade of "C" or better satisfies GWAR)
ENGL 306W must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306A)

United States History for Teachers (3 units)
HIST 413 (prerequisite: WPA score of 8 or RWS 280/281 with a "C" or better)

World History (3 units)
HIST 411

Visual/Performing Arts or Education #1 (choose 1 course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451*

Visual/Performing Arts or Education #2 (choose a second course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451*

 *ED 451 is an SDSU Credential Program Prerequisite.

Table 5: Science Focus Classes (11-15 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Grammar & Usage for Writers required only for students who score below 8 on the WPA (3 units)
RWS 253/Ling 253 (same class, cross-listed)


Earth Science: Process and Inquiry (4 units)
GEOL 412 


Field Experience in Science (1 unit)
TE 211B


Biology - choose  below (choose one class, 3 units) 
BIOL 324 or BIOL 327

Chemistry or Earth Science (choose one class, 3-4 units)
CHEM 100 or GEOL 303

Table 6: Lower-Division Prep for the Major (9.5 units)

CODE

 COURSE INFORMATION

"C" or better

Physical Education of Children Theory and Activities (2 units)  
ENS 241 A&B

"C" or betterGeometry in Elementary Mathematics (3 units)
MATH 211

Children's Math Thinking (1-1.5 units)
MTHED 212
 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (3 units)
MUSIC 102

Electives (if necessary) or credential program prerequisites

 

 COURSE INFORMATION

                   

 







Writing Proficiency Assessment

Note in tables below: Underlined upper-division math classes are not open to you until you pass the Math Proficiency Assessment.  Footnotes in the Class Schedule contain information on enrollment restrictions for courses. Please read them carefully when searching for classes.

Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) Scores and Implications

Take the WPA the summer prior to Junior Semester I. The score you earn on the WPA will dictate the classes you need for your junior year and may impact your graduation date.

If you score:

  • 8 or above: No further lower-division writing classes required.
    • Use tables 9 and 10 (below) if you score 8 or above on the WPA.
  • Less than 8:
    • Ling/RWS 280– Required by the university
    • Ling/RWS 253 – Required by Liberal Studies
    • Use tables 7 and 8 (below) if you score lower than 8 on the WPA.

 

Suggested Course Sequences, Junior and Senior Year

Table 7: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score below 8 on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional lower-division prep (see above for classes)9-9.5LS 3003
RWS 2803GEOL 303 or CHEM 1003
RWS 2533LING 4203


ENGL 306A 3
Pass Math Proficiency Assessment by April ENGL 306W (Required-pass the WPA or RWS 280)3
  15-15.5  15-16


Table 8: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year  (score below 8 on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
MATH 3123LS 498 1
PHYS 4124TE 211B (spring only) 1
HIST 411 or 4133GEOL 412 (spring only)4
Visual & Performing Arts #13MATH 3133
BIOL choice3-4HIST 411 or 4133
 
Visual &Performing Arts or Education #23
  14-15
15 

Table 9: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional major prep (see above for classes)9-9.5HIST 411 or HIST 413 3
Intro. to Liberal Studies: LS 300 (field experience)3ENGL 306A 3
HIST 411 or 4133ENGL 306W (Required-pass the WPA or RWS 280)3


GEOL 303 or CHEM 1003-4
Pass Math Proficiency Assessment by April Visual & Performing Arts #1 3
  15-15.5  15-16


Table 10: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
MATH 3123MATH 313 3
LS 4981Visual/Performing Arts #2 3
Processes & Inquiry in Physics: PHYS 4124TE 211B (spring only)1
BIOL choice3-4GEOL 4124
LING 4203Cred. Prerequisites / elective3

 14-15
14 

 

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Printable Advising Sheet

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