Earth Science Education

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Science - Geosciences; Earth Science Education Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 65

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching. This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete a second teaching major or minor in another content area.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core Courses15
Geosciences Core
Environmental Geoscience Course
Upper-Division Geoscience Courses17
Upper-Division Geoscience Core Courses
Upper-Division Geoscience Elective Course
Teaching Methods Course4
Total Hours65

Lower-Division Core

Geosciences Core

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 211Earth's History and Evolution4
GEO 225Earth Materials4
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geoscience Course

Complete the following course:
GEO 105NOceanography3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Geoscience Courses

Upper-Division Geoscience Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 304EScience and Society3
GEO 311Paleobiology3
GEO 315Structural Geology4
GEO 318Climate System Dynamics4
Total Hours14

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Upper-Division Geoscience Course

Note: GEO 320 is recommended to complete the upper division writing requirement in Geosciences but students may also select from the university-approved list of upper division writing courses to fulfill this requirement.

Complete one additional GEO course at the 300- or 400-level.3


Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete all of the following courses:
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one math and one statistics course:
Complete one of the following courses:4
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Complete the following courses:
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours8

 Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete the following course:
ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Methods Course

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Science.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-