Science Education Program


Majors/minors included: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Natural Science, and Physics

  1. The Letters & Science - Science Departments' Committee on Admission to the School of Education shall oversee all applications made to the School of Education by students majoring and minoring in Biology, Chemistry, Natural Science, and Physics. This committee shall be composed of the chair of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Geology, Physics and Astronomy, and the Coordinator of the Natural Science program; or their designees. The Coordinator of the Natural Science program shall be responsible for reviewing applications.

  2. The Office of the School of Education shall forward all applications and any appropriate time lines to the Coordinator of the Natural Science program.

  3. All applicants must:
    • Meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Professional Education Program as set by the School or Education. Applications are available in the School of Education Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office, 469 College of Professional Studies Building.
    • For majors in Biology, Chemistry or Natural Science: complete at least 10 credits in their declared science major (excluding collateral courses).
    • For majors in Physics: complete at least 10 credits in their declared science (excluding all collateral courses except Math 121).
    • Have earned a 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) or better in all courses required by their declared science major (including collateral courses).
  4. Applicants shall be ranked by considering their overall GPA and their GPA in all courses required by their declared science major. All transfer credits and UWSP credits will be used to determine overall and science major GPA. Science major GPA will include all collateral courses. If an applicant declares two or more science majors, that applicant will be ranked using the science major that gives the higher/highest ranking.

  5. The overall GPA and the science major GPA will be weighted equally by simply adding these two GPAs. Applicants will be ranked according to this GPA sum. Enrollment cap: 25 per year.

  6. The two applicants with the best GPA sum from each science major (biology, chemistry, natural science, physics) will be admitted. (These applicants must meet the minimum requirements outlined in number 3, above.)

  7. All other science major applicants will be considered together. They will be ranked and admitted or denied admission according to their GPA sum.

  8. In the event of a tie, the applicant with more science major credits will be ranked higher.

  9. Applicants denied admission may appeal by sending a letter to the School of Education and the Natural Science Coordinator with supporting documentation indicating why their denial should be reversed. This documentation could include letters of recommendation from faculty who know the applicant's current work and potential as a teacher. The deadline date will be in their denial letter from the School of Education.

  10. Science major (biology, chemistry, natural science, and physics) applicants denied admission to the Professional Education Program will be allowed to make only one more application.

  11. Exceptions to these policies may be made only with a unanimous vote of the Committee.