Geosciences B.S. - Earth Science Education Concentration

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Bachelor of Science - Geosciences; Earth Science Education Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 66

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

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 the teaching track of a second 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 Core Courses

11

Geosciences Core

Environmental Geoscience Course

Upper-Division Geoscience Courses

21

Upper-Division Geoscience Core Courses

Upper-Division Geoscience Elective Course

Physics

10

Chemistry

9

Math

8

Astronomy

3

Teaching Methods Course

4

Total Hours

66


Lower-Division Core

Geosciences Core

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

GEO 101N

Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEO 102N

Introduction to Physical Geology Lab

1

GEO 201

Geologic Evolution of North America

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geoscience Course

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

GEO 105N

Oceanography

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Geoscience Courses

Upper-Division Geoscience Core Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

GEO 302

Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy

4

GEO 304E

Science and Society

3

GEO 311

Paleobiology

3

GEO 315

Structural Geology

4

GEO 318

Earth's Changing Climate

4

Total Hours

18

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.

Code

Title

Hours

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

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N
& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Chemistry

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

4

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

1

Total Hours

5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Mathematics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one math and one statistics course:

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Complete the following courses:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Astronomy

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

ASTR 131N

Planetary Astronomy

3

Total Hours

3

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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

EDU 497

Teaching and Assessing

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach earth science, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.