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Intercollege Programs for Science Education
P.O. Box 172805
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805
Tel: (406) 994-5679
Fax: (406) 994-5575
Location: 401 Linfield Hall

Dr. Peggy Taylor

Associate Director
Diana Paterson
> Master of Science in Science Education
Sample Courses

All students complete 12 credits of core education courses, 12 credits of science, and 6 credits of electives, which may be any combination of education and science.

The Required Core Education Courses Are:

EDCI 504 Evaluation and Measurement in Education (3 cr, distance, fall or spring)
EDCI 505 Foundations of Action Research in Science Teaching and Learning (3 cr, distance, fall or spring)
EDCI 509 Implementing Action Research in Teaching and Learning (3 cr, distance, fall only)
EDCI 575 Capstone Project/Symposium in Science Education (3 cr, campus-final summer)

Capstone Projects from the Symposia in Science Education:

Abstracts 2009
Abstracts 2008
Abstracts 2007
Abstracts 2006
Abstracts 2005
Abstracts 2004
Abstracts 2003
Abstracts 2002
Abstracts 2001
Abstracts 2000
Abstracts 1999

Teacher Quote

I chose this program for the science courses, but I wound up learning a lot more from the education courses than I anticipated. These are the first education courses I've taken that were relevant and meaningful.

Texas Teacher

The Science Courses Are:

In addition to completing core courses as described above, each student also develops interdisciplinary combinations of science content courses (minimum 12 credits) from offerings in two or more areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, health and human development, land resources and environmental sciences, mathematics, microbiology, plant sciences, physics, and other related areas. Some of the science content courses are listed below. New classes are continually being developed.

Indicates a newly developed course.


BIOL 513 Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies ( 1 cr, distance)
BIOL 516 Terrestrial Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 519 Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands (2 cr, distance)
BIOL 520 Understanding and Managing Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 522 Birds of Prey of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 523 Wildlife Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 580 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 580 Ecology of Trout Streams (2 cr, campus)
BIOL 580 Teaching Evolution (3 cr, distance)

imageBIOL 580 Anatomy & Physiology (3 cr, distance )

Chemistry and Biochemistry

CHMY 500 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management (1 cr, campus)
CHMY 505 Critical Concepts in Chemistry (3 cr, campus)
CHMY 506 Enhancing Laboratory Instruction with Use of Computers (2 cr, campus)
CHMY 580 Environmental Measurements: Sensors and Electronics (3 cr, distance)
imageCHMY 580 Examining Life in Extreme Environments (2 cr, campus)
CHMY 580 Exploring Biochemistry for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
CHMY 580 Exploring Chemistry for Middle & High School Teachers (3 cr, distance)
CHMY 580 Exploring Organic Chemistry for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
CHMY 580 Special Topics: Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Kinetics (3 cr, distance)

Earth Science

ERTH 512 Mountains and Plains Riparian Processes (2 cr, distance)
ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology (2 cr, campus)
ERTH 517 Electronic Hydrology (2 cr, distance)
ERTH 519 Hydrology of Streams and Lakes (3 cr, distance)
ERTH 500 Seminar: Field Geology (1 cr, campus)
imageERTH 580 Historical Geology (3 cr, distance)
ERTH 580 Geology of the Moon (3 cr, distance)
ERTH 580 Fundamentals of Oceanography (3 cr, distance)
ERTH 580 K-14 Earth System Science (3 cr, distance)
ERTH 580 Middle School Earth System Science (3 cr, distance)
GEO 580 Geology of Glacier National Park & Surrounding Areas (2 cr, campus)
GEO 580 Dinosaur Paleontology of Hell Creek Formation (2 cr, campus)
GEO 580 Advanced Dinosaur Paleontology (2 cr, campus)
GEO 580 Geology of the Yellowstone Volcanic Center (2 cr, campus)
GEOG 580 Global Warming, Climate Change, and our Environment (3 cr, distance)

Electrical Engineering

imageEE 580 Solar Cell Basics for Science Teachers (2 cr, campus)

Health and Human Development

HDFN 524 Teaching Adolescent Nutrition (2 cr, distance)
HDFN 526 Nutrition for Fitness and Performance (3 cr, distance)

Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

LRES 580 Water Quality (3 cr, distance)
LRES 580 Twelve Principles of Soil Science (3 cr, distance)
LRES 557 Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park (2 cr, campus)
LRES 569
Ecology of Invasive Plants in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr, campus)


MATH 427 Integrating Mathematics and Science through Modeling (3 cr, distance)
MATH 518 Statistics for Teachers (3 cr, distance)


MB 536 Exploring Microbiology (3 cr, campus)
MB 538 Cell and Molecular Biology (2 cr, campus)
MB 539 Infection and Immunity (3 cr, distance)
MB 540 Applied Environmental Microbiology (3 cr, campus)
MB 541 Microbial Genetics (3 cr, distance)
MB 542 Microbial Ecology (3 cr, distance)
MB 580 Biofilms: the Diversity of Slime (2 cr, campus)
MB 580 Current Topics in Microbiology (3 cr, distance)


PHYS 401 Physics by Inquiry I (3 cr, campus)
PHYS 402 Physics by Inquiry II (3 cr, campus)
PHYS 403 Special Relativity On-line (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 404
Physics by Inquiry III (3 cr, campus)
PHYS 480 Conceptual Physics (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 511
Astronomy for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 512 General Relativity On-line (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 513 Demystifying Quantum Mechanics (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 514 Comparative Planetology (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 580 Space Based Observatories (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 580 Using Robotics in Lunar Expeditions (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 580Teaching Mechanics Using Research-Based Curriculum (2 cr, campus)
PHYS 580
Teaching Electricity and Magnetism Using Research-Based Currciulum (2 cr, campus)
PHYS 580 Particle Physics for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 580 Studying the Universe with Space Explorations (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 582 Astrobiology for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
PHYS 583 The Invisible Universe: The Search for Astronomical Origins (3 cr, distance)

Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology

PS 569 Flowering Plants of Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr, campus)
PS 580
Plants, People, and Health (2 cr, campus)
imagePS 580 Biomimicry: The Technology of Biology (2 cr, campus)

Range Science
ARNR 480 Yellowstone Range Ecology (2 cr, campus)

The Electives Courses are:

The final 6 credits of the 30 credit program are electives and may include choices from education or science. New classes appear each year. The following courses are sample electives:

EDCI 536 Construction of Curriculum (3 cr, campus and distance)
EDCI 537 Contemporary Issues in Science Education (2 cr, campus)
EDCI 580 Teaching Inquiry in the Science Classroom (2 cr, campus)
EDCI 580 Master Teacher Strategies for Science Teachers (2 cr, campus)
MSSE 580 Web Tools for Teachers (3 cr, distance)
MSSE 580 Integrating Literature into the Science Classroom (2 cr, distance)


How are the on-line courses taught?

*Campus - course offered on-campus during a summer session
**Distance - distance delivery course offered by asynchronous, computer-mediated communication


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