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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Natural Science Program

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Program Director: Professor Miles Koppang
University of South Dakota
Department of Chemistry
Churchill-Haines Room 115B
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, S.D. 57069
Phone: (605) 677-5693



Barbara E. Goodman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Specialization: Science and Health Education.
Miles Koppang, Ph.D., University of North Dakota. Specialization: Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry as applied to bioanalysis, Electron-Transfer Mechanism at Electrodes, and Chemical Education.
Christina Keller, Ph.D., North Dakota State University. Specialization: Condensed Matter Physics and Physics Education.

Associate Professor:

Cathy Ezrailson, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Specialization: Science Education.
Dan Van Peursem, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specialization: Applied Mathematics.


Master of Natural Science

Program Description

This program differs from other science programs in that it has been designed specifically for middle and secondary education teachers. It is a summer program at the university so that individuals who are currently engaged in teaching during the school year can complete the program. Its purpose is to better equip science/math teachers whose teaching assignments differ from their primary area of expertise. This degree is offered in cooperation with South Dakota State University.


  • Applicant must have an undergraduate degree that has qualified the applicant for teaching in an area of science or math in a middle- or secondary-school setting.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicant must have a Secondary Teacher Certificate.

- Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.


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