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STEM Composite Major, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sioux Center, IA, United States
The STEM Composite Major program of Augustana University is an interdisciplinary program in the natural sciences, which may be declared as a second major in conjunction with another course of study. Pairing a strong background in math and/or science with a degree in journalism, business or secondary education, for example, will strengthen the resumes of future graduates.
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The STEM Composite Major program of Augustana University draws faculty from the departments of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, and features the course "Navigating a Diverse Society for Equity in Math/Science," taught by Augustana’s director of diversity and inclusion programs. While the STEM composite major may be paired with a wide variety of second majors, one of the primary goals in the design of the curriculum is to complement the secondary education major.

Why Study Secondary Education and Mathematics/Science?

This major provides the flexibility for students to specialize in multiple STEM content areas, preparing them for certification in two fields. The South Dakota Department of Education has approved the major for undergraduate pre-service teachers pursuing certification.

Mathematics and science are federally designated teacher shortage areas in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Positions for chemistry and physics teachers are particularly difficult to fill, even in these states' largest districts; in smaller districts, teachers may be called upon to teach a course outside of their discipline. For example, the ability to teach physics in addition to mathematics or chemistry as well as biology will be “a huge plus in the interview,” said Cindy Kroon, president of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2015-17.

The pairing of the composite STEM major with a secondary education major is designed to integrate the triad of strong science/math content, evidence-based science and math pedagogy, as well as cultural competence, to assure inclusive excellence in STEM education.

More specifically, students completing the secondary education and STEM composite majors will:

  • Study in a learning community that fosters identity formation, self-efficacy, and confidence as STEM professionals and as a STEM educators, with particular emphasis on underrepresented groups in STEM.
  • Have expanded science and/or science and math content learning opportunities for secondary education teacher preparation.
  • Benefit from enhanced integration of content and pedagogy across science, math and education courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigating a Diverse Society for Equity in STEM
  • Calculus
  • Biological Principles
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • General Chemistry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply online using the Augustana online application form or using the Common Application.
  • All secondary and post-secondary transcripts and/or national exam scores.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor.
  • A Personal Statement (250 words minimum) describing a significant challenge you have overcome.
  • College Preparation Test Scores and/or English Language Test Scores from one or more of the following tests: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, PTE, IKEN, TEC CBT, ELS Language Center's.
  • Financial Statement showing sufficient resources to support yourself for one academic year.
  • Completed International Student Financial Ability Form.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sioux Center

  • 1188 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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