CURRICULUM

Course offerings are not limited to the curriculum listed below. Additional courses found in the course catalog may apply to a certificate. Please seek approval from the your academic advisor before choosing a course not listed under the certificate of interest. 

Graduate certificate students are eligible to take summer campus-based field and lab courses offered by the MS in Science Education. Both online and campus courses are listed below, as well as additional offerings provided in the course catalog. 

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Chemistry

These high-energy, high-interest courses will increase your content knowledge and confidence in teaching chemistry in your classroom. This well-balanced program covers the broad field of chemistry and can be used as an introduction to chemistry or to strengthen your current knowledge.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

 
Rubric No Course Semester Credit Location
CHMY 506 Integrating Computers into Laboratory Instruction Summer 2 Online
CHMY 587 Exploring Chemistry Summer 3 Online
CHMY 593 Special Topics in Chemistry: Kinetics, Equilibrium, & Thermodynamics Spring 3 Online
CHMY 594 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management Summer 1 Campus
CHMY 595 Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, and Earth Summer 3 Online
CHMY 596 Exploring Organic Chemistry for Teachers Fall 3 Online
CHMY 597 Exploring Biochemistry I Summer (odd years) 3 Online
CHMY 598 Exploring Biochemistry II: Metabolism Summer (even years) 3 Online
CHMY 599 An Atoms-First Primer for AP/IB Chemistry Teachers Fall 3 Online
LRES 582 Streamside Science for Teachers Summer 3 Online
LRES 584 Soil Science for Middle and High School Teachers Fall (even years) 3 Online
LRES 585 Water Quality for Teachers Spring (even years) 3 Online

Graduate Certificate in Climate for Science Educators

Select from this suite of courses and investgate the important topic of climate science and its impact on our planet. Develop an understanding of and ability to communicate the current state of climate change and the science surrounding climate change. Using new knowledge and pedagogy, create custom lesson plans and instruct your students in the use of weather instrumentation.

Students will sucessfully complete 12 credits selected from:

Rubric
No
Course
Semester
Credit
Location
BIOE
595
Ecology and conservation of the World's Marine Ecosystems
Fall (odd years)
3
Online
CHMY 595 Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, and Earth
Summer
3 Online
ECIV 562 Snow and Avalanche Physics for Teachers Fall (odd years)
3
Online
ERTH
520 Fundamentals  of Oceanography Spring, Summer 3 Online
ERTH
522
Teaching Middle School Earth System Science
Spring (even years)
3
Online
ERTH
523
Weather for Elementary Teachers Fall (even years)
1
Online
ERTH
524
K-14 Earth System Science
Fall 
2
Online
ERTH
525
Landforms for Elementary Teachers
Summer
1
Online
ERTH
527
Weather and Climate for Teachers
Spring
3
Online
ERTH
528
Understanding Climate Change for Teachers
Summer 
3
Online
MB 540 Environmental Microbiology for Teachers Summer  3

Online

PHSX 597 Physics of Renewable Energy for Teachers Summer  3

Online

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Earth Science

Teachers can select from a diverse offering of courses ranging from geology and landforms to hydrology and paleontology. Round off your course of study with an Earth System Science course focusing on the broader picture.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

Rubric No Course Semester Credit Location
ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology Summer 2 Campus
ERTH 519 Watershed Hydrology for Teachers Spring 3 Online
ERTH 520 Fundamentals of Oceanography for Teachers Spring, Summer 3 Online
ERTH 521 Geology of the Moon Spring (even years) 3 Online
ERTH 522 Teaching Middle School Earth System Science Spring (even years) 3 Online
ERTH 523 Weather for Elementary Teachers Fall (even years) 1 Online
ERTH 524 K-14 Earth System Science Fall 2 Online
ERTH 525 Landforms for Elementary Teachers Summer 1 Online
ERTH 527 Weather and Climate for Teachers Spring 3 Online
ERTH 528 Understanding Climate Change for Teachers Summer 3 Online
ERTH 594 Geology Seminar: Geology of Earthquakes Summer 1 Campus
ERTH 595 Historical Geology for Teachers Fall 3 Online
ERTH 596 Geology of Glacier National Park Summer 2 Campus
GEO 521 Dinosaur Paleontology I Summer 2 Campus
GEO 522 Dinosaur Paleontology II Summer (odd years) 2 Campus
GEO 585 Mineralogy for Teachers Summer 1 Campus
LRES 582 Streamside Science for Teachers Summer 3 Online
LRES 583 Soil Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers Spring (even years) 1 Online
LRES 584 Soil Science for Middle and High School Teachers Fall (even years) 3 Online
LRES 585 Water Quality in the Classroom for Teachers Spring (even years) 3 Online
PHSX 511 Astronomy for Teachers Fall, Spring 3 Online

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Elementry School Science

This certificate is designed to give K-8 teachers a basic understanding of a broad range of topics in physical science, life science and earth/space science. These courses are specially designed to help you integrate inquiry-based science into your classroom while improving your own science content knowledge.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

Rubric No Course Semester Credit Location
BIOE 536 Local Ecosystems for Teachers Fall 1 Online
BIOE 585 Exploring Biology Spring 3 Online
ERTH 522 Teaching Middle School Earth System Science Spring (even years) 3 Online
ERTH 523 Weather for Elementary Teachers Summer 1 Online
ERTH 524 K-14 Earth System Science Fall 2 Online
ERTH 525 Landforms for Elementary Teachers Summer 1 Online
LRES 583 Soil Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers Spring (even years) 1 Online
MSSE 501 Inquiry through Sceince and Engineering Practices Fall, Spring, Summer 2 Online
MSSE 503 Integrating Literature into the Science Classroom Spring 3 Online
NUTR 526 Nutrition for Fitness and Performance Spring 3 Online
PHSX 514 Comparative Planetology for Teachers Spring 3 Online
PHSX 571 Electric Circuits & Magnetism for Teachers Summer 2 Online
PHSX 572 Space Science for Elementary Teachers Fall 1 Online
PHSX 573 The Science of Sound for Teachers Spring 2 Online
PHSX 574 The World of Motion for Teachers Summer 1 Online
PHSX 576 World of Force for Teachers Summer 1 Online
PSPP 521 Plant Science: It Grows on You Summer 1 Online
PSPP 522 Insect-ology Summer 3 Online

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Life Science

This certificate offers a broad spectrum of courses. Teachers can create a diverse program that includes anatomy and physiology, nutrition, ecology, plants, microbiology, insects and slime, or focus in on a specific area of interest.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

Rubric No Course Semester Credit Location
BIOE 513 Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies Summer 1 Online
BIOE 519 Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands Summer 2 Online
BIOE 520 Understanding and Managing Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Summer 2 Campus
BIOE 522 Birds of Prey of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Summer (odd years) 2 Campus
BIOE 523 Wildlife Ecology of Northern Rocky Mountains Summer 2 Campus
BIOE 526 Symbiosis for Teachers: Eat, Prey, Love Spring (even years) 3 Online
BIOE 527 Teaching Evolution Fall 3 Online
BIOE 536 Local Ecosystems for Teachers  Fall 1 Online
BIOE 593 Alpine Ecology Summer 2 Campus
BIOE 595 Marine Ecosystems for Teachers Fall 3 Online
BIOE 596 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Summer 2 Campus
BIOE 597 Ecology of Trout Streams Summer (even years) 2 Campus
BIOE 599 Advanced Ecology Winter session 2 Campus
BIOH 595 Anatomy & Physiology Summer 3 Online
ERTH 520 Fundamentals of Oceanography for Teachers Spring, Summer 3 Online
LRES 557 Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park Summer 2 Campus
LRES 569 Ecology of Invasive Plants in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Summer 2 Campus
LRES 582 Streamside Science for Teachers Summer 3 Online
LRES 583 Soil Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers Spring (even years) 1 Online
LRES 584 Soil Science for Middle and High School Teachers Fall (even years) 3 Online
LRES 585  Water Quality Spring (even years) 3 Online
LRES 586 Lake Ecology Summer 2 Online
M 517 Modeling in a STEM World Summer (even years) 3 Online
MB 533 Current Topics in Microbiology Spring 3 Online
MB 536 Exploring Microbiology for Teachers Spring 3 Online
MB 538 Cell and Molecular Biology Summer 2 Online
MB 539 Infection and Immunity Fall 3 Online
MB 540 Environmental Microbiology for Teachers Summer 3 Online
MB 541 Microbial Genetics Summer 3 Online
MB 542 Microbial Ecology for Teachers Fall 3 Online
NUTR 526 Nutrition for Fitness and Performance Spring  3 Online
PSPP 521 Plant Science for Teachers: It Grows on You Summer 1 Online
PSPP 522 Insect-ology for Teachers Summer  1 Online
PSPP 547 Biomimicry: the Technology of Biology Spring 2 Online
PSPP 548 Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky Mountains Summer 2 Campus
PSPP 549 Plants, People, and Health Summer 2 Campus

Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Physics

From the study of basic forces to investigating the farthest reaches of the Universe, this certificate will allow you to meet your varying interests or focus in-depth on a single area such as mechanical physics or astronomy.

Students cannot use more than four credits of 400-level courses on a Certificate Program of Study.

Students will successfully complete 12 credits selected from:

Rubric No Course Semester Credit Location
ECIV 562 Snow and Avalanche Physics for Science Educators Fall (odd years) 3 Online
EELE 508 Solar Cell Basics for Science Teachers Summer 2 Campus
PHSX 405 Special Relativity for Teachers Fall 3 Online
PHSX 497 Conceptual Physics for Teachers Summer 3 Online
PHSX 511 Astronomy for Teachers Fall, Spring 3 Online
PHSX 512 General Relativity Spring 3 Online
PHSX 513 Quantum Mechanics for Teachers Summer 3 Online
PHSX 514 Comparative Planetology for Teachers Spring 3 Online
PHSX 571 Electric Circuits & Magnetism for Teachers Summer 2 Online
PHSX 572 Space Science for Elementary Teachers Fall 1 Online
PHSX 573 The Science of Sound for Teachers Spring 2 Online
PHSX 574 The World of Motion for Teachers Summer 1 Online
PHSX 576 World of Force for Teachers Summer 1 Online
PHSX 582 Astrobiology for Teachers Spring 3 Online
PHSX 585 Physics by Inquiry: Electric Circuits Summer 3 Campus
PHSX 586 Physics by Inquiry: Heat and Tempurature Summer  3 Campus
PHSX 587 Physics by Inquiry: Optics Summer 3 Campus
PHSX 595 Teaching Mechanics Using Research-Based Curriculum Summer  2 Campus
PHSX 596 Teaching Electricity and Magnetism Using Research-Based Curriculum Summer  2 Campus
PHSX 597 Physics of Renewable Energy for Secondary Teachers Summer 3 Online