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Earth Science Major, B.S. in Ed., Secondary Standard Certificate (on hiatus)

Please note: This major is on hiatus, and will not be accepting admissions to the program. Contact the College of Science and Engineering for more information.

B.S. in Education, Secondary Standard Certificate
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This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences for students planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare students 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. Students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout their program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and the degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Admission Requirements; Retention & Termination Standards

Please note: Admissions to this program are not being accepted at this time. Contact the College of Science and Engineering for more information.

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 courses listed below, each student must receive training in safe chemical use and storage and the care of living things from trained personnel prior to applying for student teaching. Students should check the Integrated Science website for the training workshop schedule. There is no enrollment charge to the students for the training and no credit hours earned. The training is generally offered once during the Fall semester and twice during the Spring semester. The Interdisciplinary Science Education Council oversees these training workshops.

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

Program Requirements

Required Courses I (27 hours)

AST 111Astronomy

3(3-0)

AST 112Introduction to Astronomical Observations

1(0-2)

GEL 201Earth History

3(2-2)

GEL 290Introduction to Geologic Investigation

3(2-2)

GEL 320Earth Materials

3(2-3)

GEL 325Glacial Morphology and Landforms

3(3-0)

GEO 201Weather and Climate

4(4-0)

GEO 205/GEL 205Oceanography

3(3-0)

MET 301Climatology & Climate Change

3(3-0)

SCI 490Contemporary Issues in Earth Science

1(1-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

ESC 400Earth Science Education

3(2-2)

SCI 400Teaching Integrated Science in Secondary School

3(2-2)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

GEL 100Introduction to Earth Systems

3(2-2)

GEL 130QREarth Processes

3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

GEL 413Geomorphology

3(3-0)

GEO 210Landforms

3(2-2)

Required Courses V (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

GEL 304Earth Resources

3(3-0)

GEO 330Resource Perception and Utilization

3(3-0)

Other Requirements I (10 hours)

CHM 120Survey of Chemistry

4(4-0)

CHM 127Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

1(0-2)

PHY 130QRCollege Physics I

4(4-0)

PHY 170College 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 107College Algebra

3(3-0)

MTH 109Plane Trigonometry

3(3-0)

Option B (0 hours)

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

Total: 49-55 semester hours

(39 hours of required Earth Science courses)