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).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS    30-33 hours

PLUS THREE (3) COURSES chosen from the following:

MINOR REQUIREMENTS     16-21 hours

A teaching minor in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics is required. (These minors may be coupled with this science teaching major to allow dual certification).

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS   6-10 hours

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIRMENTS      34 hrs

  • EDF 103: Introduction to Education (1)
  • EDF 203: Schools and Our Society (3)
  • EDF 319: Human Development and Learning (3) OR EDF 319W: Human Development and Learning (Writing Intensive) (3)
  • EDF 413: Assessment in Education (3)
  • SED 401: Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) OR SED 401S: Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) (Service Learning Component)
  • ESE 490: Secondary Curriculum, Classroom Organization, and Management (3)
  • ESE 561: Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)
  • ESE 499: Supervised Student Teaching (12)

PLUS THREE (3) HOURS of Applied Learning Field Experience which includes the following:

  • EDF 349Q: Applied Learning in Education I (0.5)
  • EDF 349R: Applied Learning in Education II (0.5)
  • EMS 349Q: Applied Learning I: Educational Assessment (0.5)
  • EMS 349R: Applied Learning II: Educational Curriculum (0.5)
  • ESE 349: Applied Learning: Secondary Teaching (1)
     

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 126-138 hours

Candidates earning a degree that leads to teacher certification must take the PRAXIS Series (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) and PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams as a requirement for graduation. Candidates are encouraged to review the schedule for PRAXIS and PLT registration deadlines prior to beginning the senior year. Specialty exams are required for each certification area sought and it may take more than one test date to complete all requirements. Candidates should confer with their education advisor/counselor to determine the most optimal time to take required exams.


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).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

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     3 hrs

FREE ELECTIVES     38 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 499. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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

GEOLOGY CORE        25-26 hours

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

CAPSTONE COURSE      3 hours

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS        3-8 hrs

FREE ELECTIVES      30-31 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 any two from the following:

OR approved electives from astronomy or geography

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 6 hours from:

Concentrations

See page 72 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