Acceptable Majors

The following are considered STEM Majors by the National Science Foundation. 
UNDERGRADUATES (Rising Seniors)

Any Columbia University 
rising senior in the following STEM majors may apply to be a Barnard Noyce Teacher Scholar:
    • Astronomy
    • Astrophysics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biophysics
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B)
    • Environmental Biology
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Environmental Science
    • Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species 
    • Mathematics
    • Neuroscience & Behavior
    • Physics

Undergraduates must have a total of 36 credits in their content area to obtain teacher certification. For the sciences, 18 credits must be in the science for which you are seeking certification and the other 18 can be in other sciences.



RECENT GRADUATES (from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2017)

Columbia University graduates from the four undergraduate colleges (BC, CC, SEAS, or GS) who have graduated in the past five academic years (i.e. 2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2015-2015; or 2016-2017) may apply to receive funding through BNTSP 
for a Master of Arts in Teaching in order to acquire initial certification in secondary (grades 7-12) Math or Science Education at Teachers College (TC), if they hold a bachelor's degree in the following areas: 
    • For the MATH-INIT degree program, Columbia University graduates must hold baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. 

        • Mathematics education students seeking MAT degrees are expected to have completed at least 24 credits of undergraduate mathematics if they do not hold degrees in either of these areas, including at least two semesters of Calculus. 

    • For the SCIB-INIT (Biology), SCIC-INIT (Chemistry), SCIE-INIT (Earth Science), or SCIP-INIT (Physics) degree programs, Columbia University graduates must hold baccalaureate degrees in one of the sciences listed above.

        • If students do not possess a baccalaureate degree in science, then students are required to have a bachelor’s degree, plus at least a B+ average in courses within science that amount to a minimum of 30 credits in the science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science), which they choose to seek NY State licensure in.
Students seeking elementary certification, or interested in MAT degree programs at institutions other than TC do not qualify for funding through BNTSP. Students with undergraduate degrees from colleges other than the four undergraduate colleges at Columbia University also do not qualify for funding through BNTSP.


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