Course Catalog

Biology Education Course Descriptions

BIO 120 Principles of Biology I

4 Hours

Students will examine concepts and theories in the following areas: the philosophy and methods of science; ecology; cell structure and function; genetics; and evolution. Three lectures, one laboratory. This course is intended to primarily serve those majoring in the Biological Sciences. General Education: Natural Science and its Methods–Life Science (effective by 2009)

BIO 122 Principles of Biology II

4 Hours

This course includes the philosophy and methods of science, nutrition, gas exchange, internal transport, osmoregulation, chemical control, nervous control, reproduction, development, diversity and classification of organisms. Three lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO121

BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems at all levels of organization. Topics include cell biology, histology, developmental anatomy and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: concurrent or prior enrollment in CHM 113 or CHM 150 is strongly recommended.

BIO 222 Microbiology

4 Hours

Students will study the biology of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds and certain animal parasites. Lectures and laboratory exercises cover microbiological techniques, morphology, anatomy, growth, reproduction, physiology and genetics. Three lectures, two laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 150. General Education: Natural Science and its Methods -Life Science. (Prior to Fall 2009)

BIO 302 Ecology

4 Hours

Students will study the principles governing the relationships of plants, animals and their environment. Three lectures, one laboratory, including field trips. Prerequisites: BIO101, BIO102 and MTH130.

BIO 305 Biology Teaching Methods

2 Hours

This course is an introduction to the texts, manuals, materials, apparatus and methods of teaching biology. One lecture, one laboratory. It cannot be taken as a directed study. Prerequisites: 15 hours of biological science including BIO120, 122, 316, CHM150, EDU201 and EDU356.

BIO 315 Genetics

4 Hours

This is an introduction to the study of genetics using classical and molecular approaches. Topics covered include transmission genetics, replication of DNA, gene expression and control, and population genetics. Three lectures, one laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102.

BIO 316 Evolutionary Biology

3 Hours

The history, genetic basis, and products of evolutionary forces, including understanding the factors that affect evolutionary change, and the modes of evolutionary change. This course is designed to present the evidence for evolution and its effects on populations from the molecular to the community and ecosystem level. Three lectures. Prerequisite: BIO315

BIO 318 Botany

4 Hours

This course is a comparative study of the structure and reproduction of fungi and lower plants, with emphasis on seed plants. Students will study the principles of plant classification, identification and nomenclature, including the systematic relationships of vascular plants with an emphasis on flowering plants. Laboratories will include field trips, identification of collections and techniques used in gathering evidence for classification. Three lectures, one laboratory.

BIO 330 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems at all levels of organization. Other topics include fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 150 or by permission of the instructor; BIO220 is stongly recommended.

CHM 164 University Chemistry

3 Hours

A one-semester course covering the core concepts of general chemistry, maintaining the depth and relevance of a two semester sequence. Topics covered include: bonding, equilibrium, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, and oxidation-reduction. Prerequisite: None, but MTH 120 or equivalent is recommended. CHM 166 is not a required co-requisite.

CHM 166 University Chemistry Lab

1 Hours

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will relate to topics covered in CHM 164. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHM 164.

CHM 174 University Chemistry II

4 Hours

A study of the fundamentals of organic chemistry (nomenclature, functional groups, reactions) with an emphasis on compounds of biological interest (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, nucleic acids and the metabolic cycles). Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite CHM164

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

PHS 100 Phys Sci:Physics/Atomic Nature Mtr

3 Hours

This is a project-oriented course explaining the fundamental laws of mechanics, electromagnetism, heat and light without the aid of mathematics. General Education: Natural Science and its Methods - Physical Science. (effective by 2009)

PHS 101 Phy Sci: Chemistry Earth & Space

3 Hours

This course is a basic study in physical science, including chemistry, geology and astronomy. General Education: NaturalScience and its Methods - Physical Science (effective by 2009)

PSY 237 Developmental Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a sequential study of the individual from conception to death. Students will study research regarding human physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, along with implications for parents, teachers and counselors. General Education: Social, Psychological and Political Thought - Individual. (effective by 2009)

EDU 201 Foundations of Education

3 Hours

This course is an investigation of contemporary education in America and assists students in determining their career path, with a special emphasis on the tools and skills necessary to become an effective teacher. Observation experience in a school setting is required. This course is required for elementary and secondary education students and is taken as the first in the sequence of education courses. EDU 201 is a prerequisite for all other education courses. Prerequisites: 1. completion of at least three General Education courses; 2. an accumulated GPA of at least 2.7; and 3. proof of liability insurance or DWUFTO membership. Admittance to this course constitutes application to the teacher education program. Corequisite: EDU 216

EDU 216 Technology for Teachers I

1 Hours

This course provides a foundation for integrating technology into the classroom with instructional activities and tools. Developing a mindset for enhancing classroom instruction with technology through exploration and application is a primary goal in addition to recognizing standards, ethics and human issues related to the use of technology in the classroom. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner.

EDU 310 Human Relations/Multiculturalism

3 Hours

This course provides an understanding of cultural backgrounds and the influences of dehumanizing biases such as racism, sexism and classism on the lives of students.

EDU 311 Educational Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a study of the nature of learning, intelligence, memory and transfer, with an emphasis on their application to education through the formulation of objectives, sequencing of learning experiences, and choosing appropriate teaching methods. Students will identify teacher characteristics and behaviors as they affect the learner and the relationship of motivation to learning. Student portfolios are evaluated for the second time in this course. Prerequisites: PSY237, EDU 201 and SPD 206. Nonteaching majors must have consent of instructor.

EDU 316 Technology for Teachers II

1 Hours

This course continues and expands on materials introduced in EDU 216. Students will construct lesson plans and present lessons integrating a variety of technology applications. This course includes meeting the needs of the adolescent learner. Experiential teaching in the real classroom will provide extended opportunities to develop skills.

EDU 335 American Indian Education

3 Hours

This course is designed for prospective and experienced teachers. Students will learn about the rich American Indian culture in South Dakota, and they will examine and discuss a variety of skills and information necessary for success in working with American Indian children. The course is designed to meet the South Dakota certification requirement in American Indian studies and is required of all teacher education students. (effective by 2009)

EDU 412 Adolescent Learners’ Needs

3 Hours

This course will help prepare the educator to teach at the middle level. The course will develop an understanding of the middleschool concept and the instructional strategies that support that concept. Fieldwork at the middle level is required. Prerequisite: EDU201 Corequisite EDU456

EDU 416 Technology for Teachers III

1 Hours

This course is the culminating experience in the Technology for Teachers series. Students will study current technology with a focus on Web 2.0. Students will collaborate with a classroom teacher in order to integrate various Web 2.0 applications. The teacher candidate will demonstrate technology skills in a formal lesson presentation.

EDU 424 Literacy Methods in Content Area

3 Hours

This course provides teacher candidates with a balance of theory and application regarding the skills needed to teach reading and writing in the content areas. Candidates will investigate, develop and apply strategies using a variety of scientifically researched reading, writing, listening and speaking methods to meet the literacy needs of all students. For elementary education majors, this course is part of the spring block experience. Courses include EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 444 and EDU 465. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 465 or approval of education department chair

EDU 435 Curriculum Standards & Assessment

3 Hours

This course supports an educator’s ability to design and implement assessment practices that promote student learning by first improving instruction and then gauging its success. Emphasis is placed on constructing reliable and valid assessments; connecting classroom assessment to local, state, and national standards; providing effective feedback and grading; and understanding individual, classroom, and cultural differences that impact assessment. Students will incorporate various assessment procedures in standards-based lessons they plan and teach during the course field experience. Prerequiste: 201 Corequisites: EDU442 ann 443 for elementary education majors Corequisites: EDU456 for secondary educaton majors or approval of department chair.

EDU 456 Secondary/Middle Level Methods

3 Hours

This course covers the methods of teaching secondary and middle level education, and considers all the aspects and responsibilities that come with the job, including the decision-making process, establishing a classroom climate conducive to learning, motivating students, classroom management, linking curriculum and instruction, planning the instruction, instructional techniques and methods for promoting learning. A constructivist approach to teaching and learning is emphasized. A field experience is required. This course will be offered on a two-year rotation on odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites: EDU 435 and EDU412 or consent of the chairman of the education department.

EDU 465 Classroom Management for the K-12

3 Hours

This course will involve the study of strategies for creating successful K–12 learning communities, planning for the school year, working with families, establishing classroom rules, maintaining appropriate behavior, motivating students to learn and responding to inappropriate behaviors. Different theories of classroom management will be explored. This course requires a field experience. This course is part of the spring block experience for elementary education majors. Courses include in the spring block for elementary education majors are: EDU 424, EDU 444 and EDU 465. Secondary education majors are strongly advised to take this course at the same time as EDU 424 Prerequisite: EDU 201. Corequisites for elementary education majors: EDU 424 and EDU 444. Corequisites for secondary education majors: EDU 424 or approval of department chair.

EDU 474 7-12 Student Teaching

14 Hours

EDU 475 Student Teaching Seminar

2 Hours

The teacher candidate is required to take this seminar during their student teaching experience. Candidates will research the following topics during this seminar: classroom climate, instructional pedagogy, assessment, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Students are required to complete their electronic portfolio and an action research project during the seminar. Attendance is required in order to successfully complete the student teaching experience. Class dates will require the teacher candidate to be on campus before the beginning of each semester.

SPD 206 Teaching Except Student Regular Cls

3 Hours

This course defines and examines the nature and needs of exceptional learners, including those with documented disabilities as well as giftedness and those with multicultural heritages. Special education foundations and legal mandates will be discussed. Appropriate accommodations and teaching methods designed to meet the needs of the range of students included in a typical classroom will be examined. The role of teachers, parents, and other relevant personnel will be investigated in relation to programming for struggling learners. Students will research a specific educational challenge and complete observation hours in a school setting. Prerequisite: EDU 201.

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