Degree Requirements

Earth Science/Teaching (B.S.)  ♦  Geography (B.A.)  ♦  Geology (B.S.)  ♦  Minors  ♦  Concentrations  ♦  Certificate


Earth Science/Teaching (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Earth Science Teaching majors will fulfill ACCT with ESE 499. (Credit hours are included in Professional Education Requirements below).

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS    30-33 hours

       PLUS THREE (3) COURSES chosen from the following:

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS   6-10 hours

   PLUS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • EDF 103: Introduction to Education (1)
  • EDF 203: Philosophical & Historical Foundation of Education (3)
  • § EDF 204: Emerging Instructional Technologies (3)
  • EDF 219: Human Development and Learning (3) OR EDF 219W: Human Development and Learning (Writing Intensive) (3)
  • EDF 413: Assessment in Education (3)
  • EMS 300W: Curriculum and Instructional Design (3)
  • EMS 490: Classroom and Behavior Management in P-12 (3)
  • ESE 561:  Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)
  • SED 104: Introduction to Special Education (3) (fulfills Gen. Ed. 6)
  • SED 401: Diverse Learners in Middle/Secondary (3) OR 401S: Diverse Learners in Middle/Secondary (Service Learning component) (3)
  • CED 499: Supervised Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12) (taken final semester)

     PLUS THREE (3) hours of Applied Learning Field Experiences to include:

  • CED 100: Clinical I:  Intro to the Education Profession (0.5) (formerly EDF 349Q: Applied Learning in Education I)
  • CED 200: Clinical II: Understanding the Learner (0.5) (formerly EDF 349R: Applied Learning in Education II)
  • CED 300: Clinical III: Curriculum and Instructional Design (0.5) (formerly EMS 349Q: Applied Learning I:  Educational Assessment)
  • CED 400: Clinical IV: Diagnosis and Perception (0.5) (formerly EMS 349R: Applied Learning II: Educational Curriculum)
  • CED 450: Clinical V: Practicing Teaching (1) (formerly ESE 349: Applied Learning: Secondary Teaching)

The state of Kentucky requires one or more Praxis Series tests for licensure to teach in the State.  Please see Praxis website or consult with your advisor for details.

TOTAL CURRICULUM HOURS       120


Geography (B.A.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Geography majors will fulfill ACCT with GEO 490. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below).

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS      15 hrs

GEOGRAPHY MAJOR ELECTIVES       24 hrs

  • A minimum of EIGHTEEN (18) HOURS must be in upper division courses.  Majors are strongly encouraged to select their GEO elective hours and free elective hours in consultation with an advisor.

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS     4 hrs

FREE ELECTIVES     37 hours

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 120 hours


Geology (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Geology majors will fulfill ACCT with GEO 490 or GLY 498 or 499. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below).

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS       47-48 hours

    INTRODUCTORY CORE      6 hours
     Choose TWO (2) COURSES from:

   GEOLOGY CORE        26-27 hours

   GEOLOGY MAJOR ELECTIVES       12 hours
     Choose FOUR (4) COURSES from:

   CAPSTONE COURSE      3 hours

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS        3-7 hrs

FREE ELECTIVES      25-30 hours

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS:         120 hours


Minors

Minor in Earth Science/Teaching

The teaching minor in earth science must be coupled with a teaching major in biology, chemistry, computer science/mathematics, mathematics, or physics. A student may minor in earth science (teaching) by completing a minimum of 21 semester hours as follows:

       PLUS TWO (2) COURSES selected from the following:

Minor in Geographic Information Systems

This minor is NOT open to geography majors.
    A student may minor in geographic information systems by completing a total of 18 hours as follows:

Minor in Geography

   A student may minor in geography by completing a minimum of 18 semester hours as follows:

Minor in Geology

   A student may minor in geology by completing a minimum of 18 semester hours as follows:

      A maximum of SIX (6) HOURS from:

       PLUS a minimum of TWELVE (12) hours of upper-division geology courses.


Concentrations

See page 88 of the Undergraduate Catalog under Associate of General Studies degrees for more in the following:

  • Geographic Information Systems Concentration
  • Geography Concentration
  • Geology Concentration

Certificate

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

INTRODUCTORY GEOSCIENCE LABORATORY REQUIREMENT       3 hours

    Select THREE (3) HOURS from:

CORE COURSE REQUIRMENTS      9 hours

ELECTIVES       12 hours
  Select TWELVE (12) HOURS from:

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       24 hours