Earth Science

Earth Science Major (B.S. in Ed. degree)

Provisional Secondary Certification or Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 49-55 semester hours (39 hours of required Earth Science courses)

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the earth and space science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

All courses must be taken for a grade, not for credit/no credit even if offered as an option. Grades in courses transferred to CMU will count in the calculation of the major GPA. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

Safety Seminar: In addition to the required courses, you must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. There is no enrollment charge to you for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to view the safety seminars schedule.

This major is administered by the Interdisciplinary Science Education Council. You are cautioned that you must have 36 semester hours on your Earth Science major that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (27 hours)

  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • AST 112: Introduction to Astronomical Observations 1(0-2)
  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 290: Introduction to Geologic Investigation 3(2-2)
  • GEL 320: Earth Materials 3(2-3)
  • GEL 325: Glacial Morphology and Landforms 3(3-0)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)
  • GEO 205/GEL 205: Oceanography 3(3-0)
  • MET 201: Climatology and Climatic Change 3(3-0)
  • SCI 490: Contemporary Issues in Earth Science 1(1-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • ESC 400: Earth Science Education 3(2-2)
  • SCI 400: Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School 3(2-2)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 100: Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
  • GEL 130: Earth Processes 3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 413: Geomorphology 3(3-0)
  • GEO 210: Landforms 3(2-2)

Required Courses V (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 304: Earth Resources 3(3-0)
  • GEO 330: Resource Perception and Utilization 3(3-0)

Other Requirements I (10 hours)

  • CHM 120: Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)
  • CHM 127: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
  • PHY 130: College Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 170: College Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)

Other Requirements II (0-6 hours)

Select one of the following options in consultation with an advisor:

Option A (6 hours)

  • MTH 106: Plane Trigonometry 3(3-0)
  • MTH 107: College Algebra 3(3-0)

Option B (0 hours)

Mathematics placement equivalent to precalculus (MTH 130) or above.

Additional Information

For more information on the Earth Science major, please contact the program's advisor:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

 

Earth Science Minor (B.S. in Ed. degree)

Provisional Secondary Certification or Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 28 semester hours

This minor offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the earth and space science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

All courses must be taken for a grade, not for credit/no credit even if offered as an option. Grades in courses transferred to CMU will count in the calculation of the major GPA. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

In addition to the required courses, you must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. There is no enrollment charge to you for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here to view the training workshops schedule.

This major is administered by the Interdisciplinary Science Education Council. You are cautioned that you must have 24 semester hours on your Earth Science minor that are not counted on any other major or minor for teaching certification.

Required Courses I (16 hours)

  • AST 111: Astronomy 3(3-0)
  • GEL 201: Earth History 3(2-2)
  • GEL 320: Earth Materials 3(2-3)
  • GEO 201: Weather and Climate 4(4-0)
  • GEO 205/GEL 205: Oceanography 3(3-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • ESC 400: Earth Science Education 3(2-2)
  • SCI 400: Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School 3(2-2)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 100: Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
  • GEL 130: Earth Processes 3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 304: Earth Resources 3(3-0)
  • GEO 330: Resource Perception and Utilization 3(3-0)

Required Courses V (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • GEL 413: Geomorphology 3(3-0)
  • GEO 210: Landforms 3(2-2)

Additional Information

For more information on the Earth Science minor, please contact the program's advisor:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112
989-774-3291
john.iver.scheide@cmich.edu

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