Graduate 2018-2019

College of Natural and Health Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

School of Earth Sciences and Physics

SCED 513 Professional Renewal

Update skills and knowledge of professionals in the discipline. Goals and objectives will be specifically directed at individual professional enhancement rather than the acquisition of general discipline knowledge or methodologies. S/U or letter graded. Repeatable, under different subtitles.


SCED 521 Physics in Modern Medicine

Apply and use physics concepts and laws to understand modern medical techniques. Develop lessons to integrate physics, as it relates to medicine, into other courses.


SCED 530 Laboratory, Field, and Studio Safety

Emphasizes formation of a "safety culture" in science and/or art. Federal and state regulations are covered. Course product is a safety manual for the laboratory or studio.


SCED 531 Teaching Chemistry for the Future

Graduates only. Understanding of general chemistry is highly recommended. Examination of chemistry topics with real-world applications. Methods for the use of skills and themes in chemistry to encourage higher-level thinking in students in the high-school setting.


SCED 535 Context-based Conceptual Chemistry

(3 lecture, 2 laboratory) Prerequisite: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 or consent of instructor. The emphasis of this course is on how to teach chemistry concepts within the context of the kitchen, medicine cabinet, household cleaning, and the garden. No credit for Chemistry M.S. or Chemical Education Ph.D.


SCED 540 Secondary Science Methods I

(Laboratory). Become familiar with professional responsibilities of teaching science and provide entry level operational knowledge of instructional strategies, techniques, materials, and technology available along with required science content. Students lead discussions and teaching situations.


SCED 541 Secondary Science Methods II

Co-requisite: EDFE 554. Prerequisite to student teaching. Consider curriculum and classroom organization, testing and evaluation, procedures and materials, relationship of subject area to total secondary program, emphasizing teaching techniques and of technology use. Students will lead discussions and teaching situations.


SCED 551 History and Theory of Environmental Education

Students will explore historical and theoretical aspects of environmental education which creates a context to inform their development as practicing environmental educators.


SCED 553 Program Design and Planning in Environmental Education

Prepares students to use best practices in planning and designing environmental education programs and curricula. Students revise and/or develop an environmental education program for their final project.


SCED 555 Science Education for Adults and Communities

Provides an overview of the principles and skills required to teach non-formal and informal education with an adult/community education perspective.


SCED 561 Using Controversial Biological Topics to Teach Nature of Science

Prerequisite: BIO 110. Explores use of scientific "controversies" as a teaching strategy to understand the nature of science. Empirical evidences supporting major biological concepts are integrated with pedagogical strategies.


SCED 562 Principles and Teaching of Cell Biology

This course is an in-depth study of cell biology. Emphasis will be placed on cell structure, cell signaling/regulation, and cellular division/growth. in addition, students will explore effective teaching strategies to facilitate the learning of cell biology at secondary school level.


SCED 565 Teaching 21st Century Biology: Ecology and Evolution

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 110 or consent of instructor. Masters only. Teachers understand evidence that supports ecology and evolution as unifying concepts in biology. Biological concepts are integrated with pedagogical strategies appropriate for teaching at secondary level.


SCED 566 Genetics

Designed for teachers. Study laws of heredity, molecular structure and function of genes, and emerging genetic technologies. Genetic concepts are integrated with pedagogical strategies appropriate for teaching genetic principles.


SCED 570 Teaching Science in the Elementary School

(2 lecture, 2 laboratory) Prerequisite: Application for Graduate Licensure Admission to PTEP. Develop a knowledge of objectives, methods and materials needed for teaching a functional elementary science program. Laboratory activities included. Course fee required.


SCED 578 K-12 Science Inquiry

Students will explore and define the elements of inquiry in P-16 science education from the perspective of teaching with inquiry, ability to do inquiry, and as part of science content.


SCED 581 Earth Systems: WATER

An online course focusing on Colorado water resources and environmental issues in an Earth Systems context. Applications to societal issues and inquiry learning are emphasized.


SCED 600 Science Education Research for K-12 Teachers

This course will provide practicing teachers an introduction to science education research with a focus on research design development, qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis techniques.


SCED 605 Global Change

Prerequisite: 8 credit hours of graduate science coursework. Graduates only. An online, problem-based course in which students conduct data analysis on climate variability, modeling, and Earth system impacts and apply results to societal issues.


SCED 622 Directed Studies

Individualized investigation under the direct supervision of a faculty member. (Minimum of 37.5 clock hours required per credit hour.) Repeatable, maximum concurrent enrollment is two times.


SCED 671 Elementary and Middle School Science Curriculum

Analyze elementary and middle level science programs regarding learning theory, research and the new Colorado Model Content Standards for science. Applications include strategies, management, and science technology and society.


SCED 678 Science Education Seminar

Investigate current science education research, report on topics of interest in recent literature, discuss individual research problems. Repeatable, maximum of four credits.


SCED 680 Science Curricula in Secondary/College Settings

A survey of contemporary trends and issues associated with designing, implementing and evaluating science curricula at the secondary and tertiary levels.


SCED 694 Science Education Research

Prerequisite: SRM 502 or equivalent. An introduction to research in discipline based science education, providing background and experience in the major activities associated with current practice in both field-based and quantitative studies.


SCED 695 Action Research in Science Education I

Prerequisite: SCED 600. Research a problem in K-12 science education relevant to students' teaching situations. Develop goals, review literature, and plan an action research project. This course is the first of three courses.


SCED 696 Action Research in Science Education II

Prerequisite: SCED 695. Conduct the action research plan developed and approved in SCED 695. An approved Action Research Plan Project is required to take this course. Second of three course series.


SCED 697 Action Research in Science Education III

Prerequisite: SCED 696. Complete the action research project by developing a summary and discussion. The final project must be presented to the action research committee. Final of a three course series.


SCED 699 Thesis

Prerequisite: SCED 600 or equivalent. For majors in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree Program M.A. Natural Science K-12 Teaching Emphasis. and wish to complete a thesis. S/U Graded. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.