The Albion Advantage
The Albion Advantage is an enhanced four-year model of education for all Albion students. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the Advantage helps students to realize their professional goals through thoughtful integration of academic and experience-based learning opportunities. The goal of the program is to support students in developing their talents as distinctive young professionals who will be competitive in the dynamic global marketplace.
The key components of the Albion Advantage are:
Institutes—In concert with academic departments and other programs, the Institutes offer preprofessional education with an interdisciplinary, future-oriented focus.
Career Readiness Model—The four-year career readiness model is intended to assist all students in fully integrating academic and career planning. With guidance from their faculty adviser, the Career Development Office, and other mentors, students map out their path to graduation, including curricular requirements, experiential learning, assessment of personal strengths and values, and career exploration. This comprehensive four-year plan is recorded in electronic form so that it may be easily shared with employers and/or graduate and professional schools.
Albion Advantage Pledge—The Albion Advantage Pledge is a mutual agreement between the College and participating students to help them achieve their professional goals. Beginning with the Class of 2014, students who fulfill their academic plans and achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, participate in experiential learning, and engage in approved career development activities will be eligible for the Pledge. If after graduation these students are unable to make progress toward their career or graduate school objectives, the College will assist them in finding alternative options.
Alumni-Student Engagement—Alumni work with students in a mentoring capacity, as well as providing career exploration opportunities (internships, job shadowing, career development workshops,etc.). This interaction will enable students to realize the significance of their academic and experiential learning.
Themes for Exploration -- Programming and reflection on the themes of sustainability (2010-11), health/wellness (2011-12), and global diversity (2012-13) encourage the campus community to come together for a creative sharing of ideas and provocative discussions on topics of common interest.
Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science with Elementary Certification
Requirements for Major
- Nine units including: Biology 195, 210; Chemistry 121, 123; Geology 103, 115; Physics 105, 115, 116.
- All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade.
- Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.
Requirements for Minor
- Please note that the courses for the major can be counted toward the minor in the respective field.
Biology—Biology 195, 210 (from major), 215 or 216; 225, 227, or 314; one additional unit in biology (200-level or above) selected with departmental approval; Chemistry 121 (from major).
Chemistry—Chemistry 121, 123 (from major); 206, 211, 301 (with prerequisite of Mathematics 141 or equivalent) or 337.
Geology—Geology 103, 115 (from major); 101, two units (200-level or above) selected with departmental approval.
Physics—Physics 105, 115, 116 (from major); 102 or 245; 205; Geology 101.
Requirements for Elementary Certification
Students seeking elementary certification with a major in integrated science are required to consult with the Education Department and meet admission requirements to the Education Program. Certification in elementary education requires 14 units of additional course work and necessitates a ninth semester for student teaching. Students completing an integrated science major fulfill the certification requirement for a science course with a laboratory as part of the requirements for the major.
- Complete a planned program including:
English 203, 348
Education 201, 202, 259, 371, 372; two units (one of which must be in your minor) from 374, 375, 376, 377; 396, 421, 431