B.S. Degree in Earth Science Education {19-20}

B.S. Degree in Earth Science Education

To receive the B.S. Degree in Earth Science Education, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits with a 2.5 GPA or higher is required for graduation with this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits) and Secondary Teaching Licensure Education requirements (36 credits). Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply concepts and principles of geosciences in understanding earth processes and how human activities and earth processes interact.
  • Competency in laboratory and field skills and ability to conduct a scientific investigation.
  • Ability to use and respond to literature and research in geosciences, including: use of library and research data, ability to interpret results of a research investigation, comprehension of key ideas and evidence, understanding of arguments, and ability to communicate arguments and ideas in written and oral form.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 68 credits )

Students must also fulfill all teacher licensure requirements which will add thirty-six credits to the major total. Completion of this major meets the requirements for Minnesota licensure in Science (Grades 5-8) and Earth Science (Grades 9-12).

GEOS 115 Physical Geology (4)
GEOS 116 Historical Geology (3)
GEOS 302 Mineralogy (3)
GEOS 303 Petrology (3)
GEOS 305 Oceanography (3)
GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3)
GEOS 330 Elementary Meteorology (3)
GEOS 340 Economic and Environmental Geology (3)
GEOS 360 Planetary Science (3)
GEOS 492 Senior Seminar (1)
BIOL 440 Middle School/Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3) or
CHEM 440 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3)
Total: 32 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

AMCS 233 Education and Multicultural America (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
Total: 36 credits

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
GEOS 315 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Program Requirements

Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

Related Requirements ( 28 credits )

BIOL 111 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 115 Organismal Biology (4)
CHEM 150/CHEM 150L General Chemistry I and Lab (4)
CHEM 210/CHEM 210 General Chemistry II and Lab (4)  
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
PHYS 160 College Physics I with Lab (4)
PHYS 161 College Physics II with Lab (4)

Restricted Electives ( 3 credits )

Students must complete at least three credits from the courses listed below:

ANTH 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3)
AST 104 Stellar Astronomy (3)
GEOS 117/GEOS 117L Water, Land, and People and Lab (4)
GEOS 301 Archaeological Prospection (3)
GEOS 320 Economic Geography (3)
GEOS 325 Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing (3)
GEOS 350 Geoarchaeology (3)
GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping (3)
GEOS 390 Topics in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 307 Introduction to GIS (3)
GEOS 415 Reading Geochemical Fingerprints (3)
GEOS 416 Paleontology (3)
GEOS 417 Taphonomy and Paleoecology (3)
GEOS 450 Field Geology (3)