Why choose STEM as a major?
As societies become more technologically complex, and as that complexity affects the natural world, the development of greater understanding of the natural and human-made worlds becomes increasingly important. There is a need locally, regionally, and nationally for better prepared elementary school teachers, especially in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
This liberal arts science program will allow future elementary school teachers, who are simultaneously taking courses in the School of Education, to develop academic strength in STEM. Students who complete this major will have a broad understanding of the scientific and mathematical foundations of the natural and human-made worlds.
This is exactly the type of knowledge that elementary school teachers tend currently to lack, but increasingly need, in order to provide more meaningful educational experiences for their students. Our primary mission is to have students, primarily those who wish to be elementary school teachers, understand the many aspects of science and technology. This requires thinking broadly about the natural and human-made worlds. Scientific inquiry and engineering design are processes by which scientific investigations and engineering designed solutions are undertaken.