General Science Education

General Science Education

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Major Requirements

The General Science major consists of 50 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

Required General Science Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I: Intro. to Cellular Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II: Diversity of Life (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1510 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1520 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
  • ENM 1010 Environmental Science (3 s.h.)
  • GLY 1600 Physical Geology (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 2000 Physical Oceanography and Meteorology (4 s.h.)
  • MAT 2310 Calculus I (or higher) (3 s.h.)
  • PHY 1510 General Physics I (4 s.h.)
  • PHY 1520 General Physics II (4 s.h.)

General Science Electives

Select 12 s.h from the following:

  • BIO 2430 Introductory Zoology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2440 Introductory Botany (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3210 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 3000 Planetary Geology and Astronomy (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 4000 Advanced Geology (4 s.h.)

Professional Licensure Requirements

  • EDU 2000 Human Growth & Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 2400 Instructional Technology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 2420 Field Experience II (1 s.h.)
  • EDU 2510 Foundations of Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 3300* Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3420* Field Experience III (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070* Professional Orientation (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4190* Seminar In Positive Behavior Development 3 s.h
  • EDU 4200* Reading & Writing in The Content Areas (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4210* Student Teaching (10 s.h.)
  • EDU 4500* Seminar in Education (2 s.h.)
  • SPE 2550 Educating Diverse Populations (3 s.h.)

Choose one:

  • EDU 4150* Methods for Secondary Science (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4470* Middle Grades Methods (3 s.h.)

*see course descriptions for prerequisites; requires admission to the Teacher Education Program

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.

Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. John Dembosky, Jr.

John Dembosky, Ph.D.

Director, General Education; Professor of Geology
(910) 630-7556
Hendricks 258
Dr. John Dembosky, Jr.
John Dembosky, Ph.D.

Director, General Education; Professor of Geology

B.S. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Dr. John Dembosky earned his Ph. D. in geology from the University of Pittsburgh after earning undergraduate degrees in Earth and Space Science and General Science Education. He is a long standing member of the Geological Society of America and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, but also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a lifetime member of the Carolina Geological Society. He has studied Mars within the United States Geological Survey Branch of Astrogeology and taught courses such as Structural Geology and Remote Sensing before coming to Methodist University in 2005. Dr. Dembosky has specialized in the tectonics of Southwestern North America and teaches several courses across the geosciences which include geology, meteorology, physical oceanography, astronomy, and planetary geology. He has also initiated a course in introductory geographical information systems (GIS). Dr. Dembosky is a proponent of the liberal arts and sciences and serves as the MU Director of General Education.

Doctoral Thesis:

Paleotectonic Restoration of Miocene Extensional Strain of Crystalline Rock Provinces and Terranes in Southwestern North America

Research Interests:

Geology of Southwestern U.S., Planetary Geology, GIS & Remote Sensing

(910) 630-7556
Hendricks 258