Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Natural Sciences



Faculty of the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, including Science Education (Dept. phone: 860-832-2930). See departmental listings for details.



Track I provides for advanced study in physics or earth sciences. Track II is for certified teachers in elementary and secondary schools. This program is developed on an individual basis according to goals identified by the student and the advisor.



Master of Science in Natural Sciences

Program Rationale:

The MS in Natural Sciences for Track I expands the knowledge of the physical or earth science content areas. Track II, for certified teachers from grades K-12, expands upon inquiry and curriculum development and assessment in the science content areas, with a focus on the CT Science Standards. Both tracks provide opportunities for students to tailor their selections of study in their areas of interest and career goals.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students are expected to demonstrate:

  • a deep understanding of scientific inquiry methods;

  • acquisition of scientific content knowledge;

  • an understanding of the history and nature of science; and

  • skills necessary to advance in educational scholarship.


Course and Capstone Requirements (30 credits):

Core Requirements:

SCI 500 Science, Technology and Society

Either Track I or Track II


Track I-Physics or Earth Science

Specialization (12-24 credits):

Courses in either Physics or Earth Science as approved by advisor


Cognate (0-12 credits):

Courses in a related field or fields as

approved by advisor


Research/Capstone (3-9 credits):

Research (PHYS 598 or ESCI 598) and/or Thesis (PHYS 599 or ESCI 599)


Plan A or Plan B can be chosen.


Track II-Science Education Specialization (for Certified Elementary and Secondary School Teachers)

Professional Education (6-9 credits):

One of the following:

EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3

EDF 516 School and Society 3

EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3

EDF 525 History of American Education 3

EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3

EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3


Additional courses as approved by advisor


Science (15-18 credits):

Science courses as approved by advisor


Research (6 credits):

SCI 595 Special Projects in Science Education 3

SCI 598 Research in Science Education 3



Plan A: 30 credits, including three credits of Thesis (SCI 599)

Plan C: 33 credits


Note: No more than six credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study. Only students admitted before Fall 2002 are allowed nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor.


Post-Master's Study

Thirty-credit planned programs of post-master's study are available for elementary teachers and secondary school science teachers.


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