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Adolescence Education > Majors

Adolescence Education Majors:
» Biology
» Chemistry
» Earth Science
» English
» Mathematics
» Physics
» Social Studies
» Spanish


Biology (7-12): 59-65 credits

Required Biology courses.............................................................12 credits
BIO201 General Biology 1 (3)
BIO211 General Biology 1 Lab (1)
BIO202 General Biology 2 (3)
BIO212 General Biology 2 Lab (1)
BIO320 Genetics (4)

One course from each of the following content areas...........9-13 credits
Environmental Biology
BIO340 Ecology (4)
BIO301 Field Biology Fall (3)
BIO302 Field Biology Spring (3)
BIO303 Field Biology Summer (3)
BIO440 Freshwater Biology (4)

Evolution and Diversity of Life
BIO305 Plant Morphology (4)
BIO307 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)
BIO335 Entomology (4)
BIO350 General Microbiology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3)
BIO417 Animal Physiology (4)
BIO418 Animal Behavior (3)

Architecture of Life
BIO308 Basic Molecular Biology (4)
BIO309 Basic Cell Biology (4)
BIO311 Developmental Plant Anatomy (4)
BIO313 Developmental Biology (4)
BCM360 Protein Structure & Function (3)
CHE461 Biochemistry 1 (3)

Biology electives: Two (2) upper-division courses..................7-9 credits

Required cognate courses..........................................................31 credits
CHE201 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE211 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHE212 General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
CHE318 Organic Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab (1)

PHY221 Fundamental Physics 1 (3)
PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics 2 (3)
PHY232 Fundamental Physics 2 Lab (1)
OR
PHY201 General Physics 1 (3)
PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics 2 (3)
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (1)

MAT251 Calculus 1 (4)
MAT252 Calculus 2 (4)
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)

Chemistry (7-12): 55 credits

Required Chemistry courses..............................32 credits
CHE201 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE211 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHE212 General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
CHE303 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHE318 Organic Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHE314 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHE319 Organic Chemistry 2 (3)
CHE309 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
CHE321 Physical Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE322 Physical Chemistry 2 (3)
CHE323 Experimental Physical Chemistry (3)

Required cognate courses..............................23 credits
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)
OR
GLG201 Physical Geology (3) and GLG211 Physical Geology Lab (1)

PLUS:
MAT251 Calculus 1 (4)
MAT252 Calculus 2 (4)
MAT341 Applied Mathematics I (3)
PHY201 General Physics 1 (3)
PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics 2 (3)
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (1)

Earth Science (7-12): 61 credits

Geology core..........................................27 credits
GLG201 Physical Geology (3) and GLG211 Physical Geology Lab (1)
GLG301 Historical Geology (4)
GLG311 Mineralogy and Crystallography (4)
GLG313 Optical Mineralogy (3)
GLG314 Petrology (4)
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation (4)
GLG405 Structure and Tectonics (4)

Geological Science courses............................11 credits
GLG120 Weather and Environment (4)
GLG305 Paleontology (4)
One of the following by advisement:
GLG339 Natural Resources and Energy (3)
GLG346 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)

Cognate courses...........................23 credits
CHE201 General Chemistry 1 (3) and CHE211 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry 2 (3) and CHE212 General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
MAT251 Calculus 1 (4)
PHY201 General Physics 1 (3) and PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)

One of the following:
PHY202 General Physics 2 (3) and PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics 2 (3) and PHY232 Fundamental Physics 2 Lab (1)

One of the following:
PHY205 Exploring the Solar System (3)
PHY206 Exploring the Universe (3)


Recommended courses...............................12 credits
BIO201 General Biology 1 (3) and BIO211 General Biology Lab (1)
CPS210 Computer Science 1: Foundations (4)
GEO383 Introduction to GIS (4)

English (7-12): 37-38 credits

  • At least one-half of your courses for the English major must be completed at New Paltz.
  • Credits for Composition courses (ENG160, ENG180, ENG205, ENG206, ENG207) are not included in the major requirement.
  • Courses taken S*/U* or receiving a grade below C- cannot be counted toward the major.
  • Students transferring 3-credit English courses considered equivalent to 4-credit ENG courses at New Paltz may need to take additional English electives to make up missing credits. All Adolescence Education-English majors must complete at least 37 credits.

Foundational courses..............................................16 credits
ENG300 Seminar in Critical Practices (4)
ENG303 Introduction to British Literature (4)
ENG333 Introduction to American Literature (4)

plus one of the following:
ENG343 Transnational Literature (4)
ENG353 Multiethnic & Diasporic Literature (4)

English language......................................................3 credits
Choose one of the following:
ENG327 Development of Modern English (3)
LIN201 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Shakespeare............................................................4 credits
Choose one of the following:
ENG406 Shakespeare 1: Selected Works (4)
ENG407 Shakespeare 2: Selected Works (4)

Theory and practice of reading and writing...........3 credits
Choose one of the following:
ENG224 Expository Writing (3)
ENG345 Creative Writing Workshop 1 (3)
ENG385 Theories of Writing (3)

Literacy criticism......................................................4 credits
Choose one of the following:
ENG420 Literary Criticism (4)
ENG423 Contemporary Literary Theory (4)

Literature for young adults........................................4 credits
Choose one of the following:

ENG460 Classic Juvenile Fantasy Literature (4)
ENG465 Young Adult Literature (4)

One upper-division course in English*........................3-4 credits
*Excludes ENG345, ENG348, ENG445, ENG448, ENG452, ENG453, ENG454, ENG455.

French (7-12): 36-48 credits

Basic language courses................12 credits
FRN101 Elementary French 1 (3)
FRN102 Elementary French 2 (3)
FRN201 Intermediate French 1 (3)
FRN202 Intermediate French 2 (3)

Students with prior training or experience in French may obtain waivers for one or more of the basic language courses listed above after consultation with the Foreign Languages Department.

Required courses.........................27 credits
FRN301 French Composition and Conversation 1 (4)
FRN302 French Composition and Conversation 2 (4)
FRN319 French Civilization (4)
FRN320 Francophone Cultures (4)
FRN375 French Literature to 1800 (4)
FRN376 French & Francophone Literature after 1800 (4)

Plus one of the following:
FRN401 Advanced French Composition and Conversation 1 (3)
FRN402 Advanced French Composition and Conversation 2 (3)

Electives..................................9 credits
Each major candidate is required to complete, by advisement, three courses in French at the 400-level or equivalent.

Candidates for certification must earn satisfactory scores on a proficiency test in French.

Mathematics (7-12): 47-48 credits

Required mathematics courses........................36 credits
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)
MAT353 Calculus III (4)
MAT260 Introduction to Proof (3)
MAT331 Axiomatic Geometry (3)
MAT304 Foundations of Algebra (3)
MAT363 Combinatorics (3) or MAT381 Probability and Statistics I (3)
MAT362 Linear Algebra (3)
MAT303 Foundations of Analysis (3)
MAT321 Intermediate Analysis I (3)
MAT364 Introduction to Abstract Algebra I (3)

Required cognate courses..........................11-12 credits
CPS104 Visual Programming (3) or CPS210 Computer Science I: Foundations (4)

PLUS:

PHY201 General Physics 1 (3) and PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics 2 (3) and PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (1)

Physics (7-12): 53 credits

Required Physics courses..............................30 credits
PHY201 General Physics 1 (3) and PHY211 Physics 1 Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics 2 (3) and PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (1)
PHY306 Mechanics 1 (3)
PHY308 Modern Physics 1 (3)
PHY310 Modern Physics Laboratory (1)
PHY313 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
Four upper-division Physics electives (12 credits)

Required cognate courses..............................23 credits
MAT251 Calculus 1 (4)
MAT252 Calculus 2 (4)
MAT353 Calculus 3 (4)
MAT341 Applied Mathematics 1 (3)
CHE201 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHE211 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHE212 General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)

Social Studies (7-12): 43-46 credits

Required history courses..............................43-46 credits

I.   EUROPE (10-11 credits)
Three courses; at least one should be 200-level and one must be upper-division; at least one must be History.

II.  UNITED STATES (10-11 credits)
Three courses; at least one should be 200-level and one must be upper-division; at least one must be History.

III. AFRICA, AMERICAN INDIANS, ASIA (Including Russia), LATIN AMERICA, MIDDLE EAST (10-11 credits)
Three courses; at least one should be 200-level and one must be upper-division; at least one must be History.

IV. GEOGRAPHY/ECONOMICS (9 credits)
GEO252 Economic Geography OR
GEO274 Environment and Culture
AND either one additional Geography course and one Economics course OR two Economics courses

V.   POLITICAL SCIENCE (4 credits)
POL216 American Government and Politics OR
POL227 International Politics OR
POL229 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Notes for Social Studies major:

  1. All courses should have prior approval under History Department advisement.
  2. No selected topic or independent study courses to be used, except by special permission.
  3. All majors are required to maintain portfolios of their history essays and to write a 300-world 'Exit Essay" as a requirement for graduation.  See your adviser for details.  Only marks of 'C-' or above can count for major courses.  All majors must take, with the approval of their adviser, at least one course 'Pre-1500' and at least one course 'Post-1500.

Spanish (7-12): 36-49 credits

Basic language courses.......................13 credits
SPA101 Elementary Spanish 1 (3)
SPA102 Elementary Spanish 2 (3)
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish 1 (3)
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish 2 (4)

Students with prior training or experience in Spanish may obtain waivers for one or more of the basic language courses listed above after consultation with the Foreign Languages Department.

Additional required courses...................27 credits
SPA301 Spanish Composition and Conversation 1 (4)*
SPA361 Spanish Composition and Conversation 2 (4)*
     *Students whose home language is Spanish may substitute SPA315 Spanish for
       Native Speakers (4) for either SPA301 or SPA361.
SPA365 Culture and Civilization of Spain (4)
SPA372 Culture of Latin America (4)
SPA375 Survey Spanish Literature (4)
SPA376 Survey of Latin American Literature (4)

Plus one of the following:
SPA363 Spanish Phonetics and Oral Practice (3)
SPA461 Advanced Spanish Composition (3)
SPA4xx Spanish elective (3)

Electives............................................9 credits
Each major is required to complete by advisement three courses in Spanish at the 400- or 500-level.

Candidates for certification must earn satisfactory scores on a proficiency test in Spanish.