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Maybe you had a fantastic science teacher in middle school or high school who inspired you to excel. Perhaps you now hear a calling to teach, and you're particularly passionate about the sciences.

Lakeland's broad field science major is designed for future middle school and high school science teachers who have a specific interest in science.

"It's a program that incorporates in-depth study of biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences," says Greg Smith, associate professor of biology. "This breadth of study earns students certification from the Department of Public Instruction state governing body of education."

A versatile approach to science

Armed with that certification, along with an education degree, you will be a strong candidate to teach integrated science courses at middle schools and high schools.

Graduates with broad field science certification can teach across the science spectrum. Lakeland students can also attach biology and chemistry certifications to their education majors, further strengthening their candidacy for teaching positions.

"Graduates with this type of certification often teach combinations of classes that other teachers can't," says Smith. "These teachers are ideally suited to teach those integrated science courses."

If you know you want to become a teacher, and you know you want to teach science, the broad field science major is an ideal way to reach your goal.

Broad Field Science at Lakeland

At Lakeland, learning is a hands-on process. This is especially true for the study of science, which involves students using several impressive pieces of equipment. Being able to use this equipment is critical to becoming a strong teacher of others.

"We've got some top-of-the-line microscopes with fluorescents and microscopy," says Smith. "We have a DNA sequencer. We've got analytical chemistry tools. We've got a lot of pieces. And we let our undergraduates use them. At the bigger institutions, if you're an undergraduate, the closest you're going to get to touching state-of-the-art scientific equipment is dusting it.

"The ability to, during your sophomore or junior year, get your hands on a $50,000 or $100,000 piece of equipment, is pretty powerful."


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