Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

California State University-Bakersfield - Bakersfield, CA

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The Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics offer a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences. This degree program offers the required subject matter content to help prepare prospective science teachers apply for the subject matter certification in California by taking the California Subject Matter Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in Science. The BA degree in Natural Sciences prepares the candidate for the CSET Science exams, which consist of three exams: two covering breadth in science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Planetary Science and Physics), and one covering depth in one of these areas, corresponding to the Primary concentration. Passage of the CSET in Science is required to certify subject matter competency before entering a teacher credential program. Consult your advisor or the School of Education for details on other entry requirements for pursuing a secondary teaching credential. The BA in Natural Sciences offers a broad foundation in all four of the natural science areas (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics) as well as depth preparation in two of the four areas. While this broad foundation has been developed for prospective teachers, it also serves as excellent preparation for employment in any area of business, industry or government where scientific skills are in demand. The program consists of three components: I. Primary Concentration (major) II. Secondary Concentration (minor), and III. Cognates (breadth). A student may major in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics. They must also minor in one of the other three sciences and take cognates in the remaining two sciences, Math, and Astronomy. For example, a student might major in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and take cognates in Geology, Physics, Math, and Astronomy. Another example could be that a student might major in Geology with a minor in Physics and take cognates in Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Astronomy. For students who already have a degree and would like to be certified as subject matter competent in the sciences, please see for information on the CSET Exams. For each concentration, Science 360C is recommended to satisfy General Education Theme I and INST 312 for Theme II. All courses must be completed with their respective laboratory components. For more information on the Natural Sciences Degree, Please contact: Dr. Carl Kloock, Coordinator School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics California State University, Bakersfield 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield,CA 93311-1022 661-654-3021 T "The scientific method, Ò Thomas Henry Hux!ey once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working: that is to say further, when it is engaged in correcting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistryÑis not even a "subject"--but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning. Neil PostmanSample programs for students who want t

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