The four 100-level natural sciences courses are required for all elementary education majors to meet the content licensure standards for Minnesota. The courses are each seven weeks in length and include both classroom and laboratory experiences. The courses are inquiry-based and distinct from typical college science courses; the laboratory experiences are designed to build a conceptual understanding necessary for teaching science in the elementary classroom.

Minor in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

NAS 101D • Science Concepts -Life Science. 2 Credits.

Study of fundamental concepts and processes of life science. Emphasis on the means by which science knowledge is produced through inquiry-based activities, which are an important, active-learning component in elementary school education.
Prerequisites: Major in elementary education. Special Notes: This course is a half-term course. Students may not take this course and another NAS course the same half-term. Students must complete two different NAS science concepts courses to complete the Laboratory Science (D) course requirement for general education. Offered: Fall, Spring.

NAS 102D • Science Concepts - Earth/Space Science. 2 Credits.

Study of fundamental concepts and processes of earth/space science. Emphasis on the means by which science knowledge is produced through inquiry-based activities, which are an important, active-learning component in elementary school education.
Prerequisites: Major in elementary education. Special Notes: This course is a half-term course. Students may not take this course and another NAS course the same half-term. Students must complete two different NAS science concepts courses to complete the Laboratory Science (D) course requirement for general education. Offered: Fall, Spring.

NAS 103D • Science Concepts -Chemistry. 2 Credits.

Study of fundamental concepts and processes of chemistry. Emphasis on the means by which science knowledge is produced through inquiry-based activities, which are an important, active-learning component in elementary school education.
Prerequisites: Major in Elementary Education. Special Notes: This course is a half-term course. Students may not take this course and another NAS course the same half-term. Students must complete two different NAS science concepts courses to complete the Laboratory Science (D) course requirement for general education. Offered: Interim, Spring.

NAS 104D • Science Concepts - Physics. 2 Credits.

Study of fundamental concepts and processes of physics. Emphasis on the means by which science knowledge is produced through inquiry-based activities, which are an important, active-learning component in elementary school education.
Prerequisites: Major in Elementary Education. Special Notes: This course is a half-term course. Students may not take this course and another NAS course the same half-term. Students must complete two different NAS science concepts courses to complete the Laboratory Science (D) course requirement for general education. Offered: Fall, Interim.

NAS 300 • Exploring Applied Concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 4 Credits.

Using an integrative approach, the course focuses on the nature of science and engineering, scientific argumentation, and scientific inquiry to solve authentic problems in order to develop a greater understanding of STEM as it applies to elementary classrooms.
Prerequisites: NAS 101D; NAS 102D; NAS 103D; NAS 104D; MAT 201M; MAT 202. Special Notes: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for all prerequisite courses. Offered: Fall.

NAS 400 • Applied Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Design. 4 Credits.

Draws from prior NAS coursework to design, test, and implement a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) unit focusing on a local issue applicable in an elementary classroom. The senior capstone project culminates with a teaching experience followed by a formal presentation of the original engineering design project and demonstration of its application to elementary education.
Prerequisites: NAS 300. Offered: Spring