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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Board of Study for the
Teaching of Science and Mathematics


Chairperson: Richard V. Mancuso; Members: Betsy C. Balzano, Walter F. Brautigan, Richard V. Mancuso, Kenneth D. Schlecht.


The Board of Study was created within SUNY Brockport's scientific, mathematics and education faculties to work for the improvement of science and mathematics teaching, especially at the elementary and secondary school levels. Its intent is to supplement departmental efforts, and to carry out functions and programs that are not within the interest of a single department nor appropriately administered through one department.

Subject matter courses emphasizing the fundamental principles of the sciences and mathematics are scheduled regularly by the Board of Study for prospective elementary school teachers. Advisement services are also available.


Teaching of Science and Mathematics Courses

NAS 273 Investigation in the Physical Sciences (A,L). Corequisites: ENL 112 and QNT 111. Provides a study of fundamental aspects of physics and chemistry using processes commonly employed by scientists to probe nature. Gives particular attention to those areas of physical science from which elementary school science topics are drawn. Required for candidates for certification in elementary education unless waived by the Department of Education and Human Development. Requires three hours of lecture/discussion and one two-hour lab per week. 4 Cr. Every Semester

NAS 371 Investigations in the Biological Sciences (A). Provides an activity-oriented investigation of environmental concepts and problems. Provides a basic ecological background for students with no previous experience in the area. 3 Cr. NAS 372 Investigation in the Ear

NAS 373 Investigations in the Physical Sciences (A). Studies the fundamental aspects of physics and chemistry by processes and procedures commonly employed by scientists to probe nature. Gives particular attention to those areas of physical science from which elementary science topics are drawn. 3 Cr.

NAS 486 Lab Science Safety (A). Pre-requisites: Senior status, and an academic major in one of the natural sciences. Required for students in Secondary Science Certification programs. Describes lab teaching practices for students pursuing certification to teach science courses. Emphasizes lab hazard potential, especially when working with chemicals in biology, earth science/geology, physics and chemistry. Includes three hours of lecture/lab per week. 3 Cr.


The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.


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