Graduate Catalog  2006-2007
     Note: This Catalog was published in August 2006 and supersedes the 2005-2006 Catalog.
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Program in Science Education

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Greg Hale
206 Life Science

Admission | Degree Requirements | Elementary Science Certificate | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Interdisciplinary Science

Master's Degree Plan


Graduate Advisor

Greg Hale
206 Life Science 817.272.3807

Graduate Faculty


Neill, White, Wickham

Associate Professor


Emeritus Professor


Special Members

Hale, Kuban, Pfeiffer


The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science program is designed to strengthen and update the knowledge and skills necessary to teach science at the elementary, middle school, or secondary level. The MAIS degree is intended to help prepare teachers who desire certification in science, teachers who may wish to expand their knowledge of specific science disciplines, or those who wish to update their knowledge in rapidly changing science disciplines. Traditional masters degrees focus on classes in a single science department and encourage mastery of material in a sub specialty within the discipline. A thesis involving scientific research in the area of specialization is usually encouraged. In contrast, the MAIS program allows students to explore two areas of interest, and the courses are designed to provide an overview of current knowledge in each field. Since this is not a research-oriented degree, no thesis is required.

The content of the required courses was developed to contain material consistent with TEKS requirements and to provide as much replicable laboratory experience as possible. While these classes are drawn from the foundational classes in each discipline, they are designed to cover the areas in greater depth, deal with historical aspects of the topics not covered in undergraduate classes, and focus on teaching and laboratory methodologies.



Students applying for unconditional admission to the MAIS program must meet the general graduate school admission requirements as outlined in the graduate catalog.

Admission as Special Student

Students may apply for admission to the MAIS program as a "special student." Special student admission will allow an individual to enroll for 9 credit hours of MAIS coursework. Upon completion of 9 credit hours, the student must apply for unconditional admission to the MAIS program and pay an additional $30 application fee. If the applicant has completed 9 credit hours of coursework with a 3.0 or higher, the completed coursework will substitute for the GRE examination.

Degree Requirements

The MAIS degree is a 36 credit hour, non-thesis degree. Beginning students are encouraged to enroll in Contemporary Science, SCIE 5301, and students completing the degree enroll in a Capstone Science Seminar, SCIE 5302. These two courses constitute the science core.

Students can select two or three areas of concentration from biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. If the student chooses two concentration areas, each concentration will consist of four 3 credit hour courses for a total of 12 credit hours each. The remaining six credit hours may be taken as unrestricted electives.If the student chooses three concentration areas, each concentration will consist of three 3 credit hour courses for a total of 9 credit hours each. The remaining three credit hours may be taken as unrestricted electives.

Students must file a degree plan approved by the graduate advisor two long semesters prior to graduation.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Science (SCIE)

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