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Master of Science in Science Education
Montana State University
403 Linfield Hall
Bozeman , Montana 59717

Tel: (406) 994-5679

Participating Faculty


  • J. Bradshaw; ecology/biology
  • J. Johnson; land use issues
  • B. Kerans; freshwater ecosystems
  • T. McMahon; aquatic ecology
  • J. Rotella; ecology
  • T. Weaver, III; ecology
  • D. Willey; ecology

 Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • J. Amend; inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry education
  • C. Bahn; inorganic Chemistry
  • S. Holmgren; Chemistry education
  • A. Sower; Biochemistry

 Earth Science

  • S. Custer; geology, hydrology
  • F. Jackson; dinosaur paleontology
  • D. Lageson; structural geology and tectonics
  • J. Schmitt; geology, relationships between tectonics & sedimentation


  • E. Brunsell, science education
  • J. Graves, science education
  • J. Reuter, science education
  • E. Swanson; science education
  • W. Woolbaugh, science education

 Electrical Engineering

  • T. Kaiser; micro electro mechanical systems

Health and Human Development

  • M. Stein; nutrition
  • P. Steinmuller, nutrition

Land Resources
and Environmental Sciences

  • Bauder; soil science and water resources.
  • B. Inskeep; soil and environmental science, Thermal Biology Institute
  • S. Kelly; Thermal Biology Institute


  • M. Burke; M education
  • K. Jacobs; M education
  • J. Luebeck; M education


  • B. Pyle; environmental microbiology
  • P. Glee; microbiology research
  • E. Pulcini, biofilms research, microbial genetics


  • Adams ; physics education
  • G. Francis; physics education

 Plant Science

  • R. Klein; medical botanist

Degree Offered

M.S. in Science Education

The Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program is an interdisciplinary, intercollege degree program designed by educators and scientists for middle and high school science teachers. MSSE is sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture; Education, Health and Human Development; and Letters & Science and is coordinated by Intercollege Programs for Science Education.


Entrance requirements include: a bachelor's degree in an area of science or in science education; at least two years of science teaching; and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Requirements

 The program of study may begin with distance learning courses in any semester or summer classes at the MSU-Bozeman campus. Study continues with distance learning courses that students take from their homes or workplaces, and ends with a second campus visit for presentation of the results of a personalized science education capstone project. Over 80% of the courses and credits may be taken off-campus by asynchronous, computer-mediated communication. Thirty semester credits are required for the degree. Students typically will complete the degree in two or three years.

All students seeking the MSSE degree complete core courses (12 credits) in education. For the remaining credits (18), students select interdisciplinary combinations of science content courses emphasizing topics in biology, chemistry, earth science, land resources and environmental science, microbiology, physics, and plant science. Interdisciplinary efforts and incorporation of both science content and pedagogy have been encouraged during the development of courses.

 Required Core Courses

EDCI 504 Evaluation and Measurement 3 credits
EDCI 505 Foundation of Action Research 3 credits
EDCI 509 Implementing Action Research 3 credits
EDCI 575 Capstone Project and Presentation 3 credits

Further information

For additional information and application forms, contact: 406-994-5679(voice),, (web site), or write to Intercollege Programs for Science Education, 403 Linfield Hall , Montana State University-Bozeman, Bozeman , MT 59717-2805 .


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