Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences, Secondary Education Minor

The Physical Sciences and Secondary Education program allows students the flexibility to focus on either chemistry or environmental science while also receiving broad training in biology, earth science, math, and physics, thus preparing the student to gain Physical Sciences licensure in Maine and teach a wide range of high school science courses. The rigor of the science curriculum also prepares students for entering the STEM workforce.

Students teaching in a local schoolWith this major, students will acquire important skills and methods for scientific research, analysis, and field work.

At a Glance

  • Routinely work one-on-one with faculty members
  • Small class size
  • Up-to-date laboratory equipment
  • Student engagement and training in modern methods and practical experience
  • Program flexibility allows students to cater to their own interests more effectively
  • Students in the Environmental Science track may participate in the Environmental Science Semester


The Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences and Secondary Education combines broad training in the physical, chemical and environmental sciences with a minor in Secondary Education. Students choose one of two tracks: Chemistry or Environmental. This program prepares graduates to teach a variety of high school sciences: chemistry, physics, environmental science, general science and/or earth science (depending on course selections and student interests).  Additionally, students take a series of education courses for the secondary education minor, and successfully complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year.

This minor in secondary education has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers.

NOTE: The Physical Sciences major may not be pursued on its own; it is to be taken in combination with the Secondary Education minor.

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Some of our faculty

Johan Erikson, PhD
Johan Erikson, PhDProfessor
PhD, Dartmouth College
MS, Stanford University
AB, Dartmouth College
Yi Jin Kim Gorske, PhD
Yi Jin Kim Gorske, PhDAssociate Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of California, Berkeley
Patricia Waters, PhD
Patricia Waters, PhDAssociate Professor of Education
PhD, University of Rochester
MS, Pace University
BA, University of Rochester

Environmental science semester

Kaitlynn Hutchins spent 10 weeks of in-the-field immersion studying science through the Environmental Science Semester.

kaitlynn hutchinsKaitlynn Hutchins ’20
Physical Science/History - Secondary Education

“Being a future educator, taking a hands on semester has really given me some great ideas on how I can approach my classroom. I think that students will learn best by really understanding how different concepts are applicable to their own lives and not just reading straight from a textbook. The ESS has really shown me the value and importance of connecting with your material, critical thinking, and having a positive relationship with your peers and educators.”