Natural Sciences GN Course Selections

The science courses listed below may be used to fulfill the 3 credits each in biological, earth, and physical sciences required as prerequisites to SCIED 458 in the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) major. Students must select one course from each requirement.

Notes:

  • All students must take one lab course, which are indicated by an asterisk on this list.
  • All students must complete one biological course, one earth science course, and one physical science course prior to enrolling in SCIED 458.
  • All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
  • Students choosing to take a SCIED course must submit a petition for it to count as one of the three GN requirements. Students may submit an academic petition to request the use of other courses. A rationale for using a particular course, written by the student, must be part of the petition.
  • Consult the Penn State Bulletin to look up more information on the following courses.

Course Selections:

Biological Requirement

  • AGECO 121 (GN) Plant Stress: It’s Not Easy Being Green
  • ANTH 021 (GN) Introductory Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 022 (GN) Humans as Primates
  • AN SC 300 (GN) Integrated Animal Biology
  • BMB 001 (GN) Understanding the Bases of Human Disease
  • BI SC 001 (GN) Structure and Function of Organisms
  • BI SC 002 (GN) Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution
  • BI SC 003 (GN) Environmental Science
  • BI SC 004 (GN) Human Body: Form and Function
  • BIOL 011 (GN) Introductory Biology I (associated lab is BIOL 012)
  • *BIOL 012 (GN) Introductory Biology II (lab)
  • *BIOL 110 (GN) Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 120A (GN) (US) (IL) Plants, Places, and People
  • BIOL 127 (GN) Introduction to Plant Biology
  • *BIOL 129 (GN) Mammalian Anatomy (4 credits)
  • BIOL 133 (GN) Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species
  • BIOL 141 (GN) Introductory Physiology (associated lab is BIOL 142)
  • BIOL 142 (GN) Physiology Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 155 (GN) Introduction to the Biology of Aging
  • BIOL 177 (GN) Biology of Sex
  • BIOL 220W (GN) Biology: Populations and Communities (4 credits)
  • BIOL 230W (GN) Biology: Molecules and Cells (4 credits)
  • BIOL 240W (GN) Biology: Function and Development of Organisms (4 credits)
  • *ENGR 110 (GN) Introduction to Engineering for Educators
  • ENT 202 (GN) The Insect Connection
  • FRNSC 100 (GN) Introduction to Forensic Science
  • HORT 101 (GN) Horticultural Science
  • HORT 150 (GN) Plants and Human Context
  • MICRB 106 (GN) Elementary Microbiology (associated lab is MICRB 107)
  • *MICRB 107 (GN) Elementary Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
  • PPATH 120 (GN) The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari From Truffles to Slime Molds
  • *SCIED 455 Field Natural History for Teachers
  • *SCIED/ASTRO 116: Introduction to Astronomy for Educators
  • *SCIED/EARTH 297D (GN) Fossil Mammals and Biotic Response to Climate Change
  • *SCIED/ENT 497D (GN) Insect Connections for Educators
  • W F S 209 (GN) Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

Earth Science Requirement

  • *AGECO 122 (GN) Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wild
  • ASTRO 001 (GN) Astronomical Universe
  • ASTRO 005 (GN) The Sky and Planets
  • ASTRO 006 (GN) Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • ASTRO 010 (GN) Elementary Astronomy (associated lab is ASTRO 011) (2 credits)
  • ASTRO 011 (GN) Elementary Astronomy Lab (1 credit)
  • ASTRO 116 Introduction to Astronomy for Educators
  • ASTRO 120 (GN) The Big Bang Universe
  • ASTRO 140 (GN) Life in the Universe
  • ASTRO 291 (GN) Astronomical Methods and the Solar System
  • ASTRO 292 (GN) Astronomy of the Distant Universe
  • BI SC 003 (GN) Environmental Science
  • EARTH 002 (GN) The Earth System
  • EARTH 100 (GN) Environmental Earth Science
  • EARTH 101 (GN) (US) Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality
  • EARTH 103 (GN) Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impact Over the Next Century
  • EGEE 101 (GN) Energy and the Environment
  • EM SC 121 (GN) Minerals and Modern Society
  • EM SC 150 (GN) (IL) Out of the Fiery Furnace
  • *GEOG 010 (GN) Introduction to Physical Geography (Not to be taken with GEOG 115)
  • GEOG 110 (GN) Climates of the World
  • GEOG 115 (GN) Landforms of the World (Not to be taken with GEOG 010)
  • GEOSC 001 Physical Geology
  • *GEOSC 002 (GN) Historical Geology
  • GEOSC 010 (GN) Geology of the National Parks
  • *GEOSC 020 (GN) Planet Earth (Not offered at University Park)
  • GEOSC 021 (GN) Earth and Life: Origin and Evolution
  • *GEOSC 040 (GN) The Sea Around Us
  • GEOSC 109H (GN) Earthquakes, Nuclear Explosions and Society
  • GEOSC 110H (GN) The Science of Gemstones
  • MATSE 101 (GN) Energy and the Environment
  • *METEO 003 (GN) Introductory Meteorology
  • METEO 005 (GN) Severe and Unusual Weather
  • METEO 101 (GN) Introduction to Weather Forecasting
  • *SCIED 112: Climate Science for Educators
  • *SCIED/EARTH 297D (GN) Fossil Mammals and Biotic Response to Climate Change
  • SOILS 101 (GN) Introductory Soil Sciences
  • STS 055 (GN) Space, Science, and Technology

Physical Science Requirement

  • ASTRO 001 (GN) Astronomical Universe
  • ASTRO 005 (GN) The Sky and Planets
  • ASTRO 006 (GN) Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • ASTRO 010 (GN) Elementary Astronomy (associated lab is ASTRO 011) (2 credits)
  • *ASTRO 011 (GN) Elementary Astronomy Lab (1 credit)
  • ASTRO 116 Introduction to Astronomy for Educators
  • ASTRO 120 (GN) The Big Bang Universe
  • ASTRO 140 (GN) Life in the Universe
  • CHEM 001 (GN) Molecular Science
  • *CHEM 003 (GN) Molecular Science with Lab
  • *CHEM 101 (GN) Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles I
  • *CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry I
  • EGEE 101 (GN) Energy and the Environment
  • ENGR 110 (GN) Introduction to Engineering for Educators
  • FRNSC 100 (GN) Introduction to Forensic Science
  • INART 050 (GN) The Science of Music
  • MATSE 081 (GN) (IL) Materials in Today’s World
  • MATSE 101 (GN) Energy and the Environment
  • PHYS 001 (GN) The Science of Physics
  • PHYS 150 (GN) Technical Physics
  • PHYS 250 (GN) Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 251 (GN) Introductory Physics II
  • *SCIED 114: Sound and Light for Educators
  • *SCIED/ENGR 110: Introduction to Engineering for Educators
  • *SCIED/ENGR 497C (GN) Exploring the Science and Engineering of Robotics
  • STS 055 (GN) Space, Science, and Technology