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 Option

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

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. 

Summary

Lower Division Core17
Geosciences Core
Environmental Geoscience Course
Upper Division Geosciences17
Physics10
Chemistry7
Math8
Astronomy3
Teaching Methods Course3
Languages4
Total Hours69

Lower Division Core

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

Minimum Required Grade: C-

17 Total Credits Required

Geosciences Core

Rule: Must 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

Rule: Must complete one of the following.

GEO 105NOceanography3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Geosciences

Minimum Required Grade: C-

17 Total Credits Required

Required Upper Division Geoscience

Rule: Complete all of the following.

GEO 304EScience and Society3
GEO 311Paleobiology3
GEO 315Structural Geology4
GEO 318Climate System Dynamics4
Total Hours14

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Upper Division Geoscience

Rule: Complete one additional GEO course at the 300- or 400-level

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.


Physics

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following sequences

10 Total Credits Required

Physics

Rule: May complete the following sequence

PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
PHSX 208NCollege Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

Rule: May complete the following sequence

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Chemistry

Rule: Must complete the following courses

CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours7

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math

Rule: Must complete one math and one statistics course

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours8

 Minimum Required Grade: C-


Astronomy

Rule: Must complete the following course

ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Teaching Methods Course

Rule: Must complete the following course.

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

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Languages

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following courses

Note: Students graduating in Geosciences may substitute one of these courses in place of the Modern and Classical Language requirement.

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-