B.S. & B.A. Earth Sciences Programs

B. S. Earth Science (for Teaching Certification)

The B.S. Earth Science degree is intended for those students who plan to teach Earth Sciences in secondary schools. It includes the fundamental courses in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy which constitute the "content" of earth sciences, and the necessary professional education courses. This program provides provisional teaching certification in New York State.

Certification to teach in a second discipline is strongly advised; it requires a minimum of 18 semester hours in that discipline and three additional hours (presently electives) in Education. The student who decides late in their academic career not to pursue a career in secondary school teaching has the option to earn the B.A. degree in Earth Sciences, whose program requirements are similar (but not identical) to those of the B.S. program. The major difference in the two programs is that the B.A. degree does not require education courses. The department recommends that B.A. Earth Science majors should minor (or double major) in an appropriate area, for example GIS, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, etc.

Students planning to pursue a career in the earth sciences as a professional scientist should earn one of the B.S. degrees in GEOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, or GEOPHYSICS, rather than the B.A. in Earth Sciences. This is because the latter program requires a less rigorous background in physics and mathematics. The more rigorous course work is needed to pursue graduate studies in the geosciences, or for employment as professional scientists.

 


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General Requirements for the B.S. Degree in EARTH SCIENCES:

(Provisional Secondary Education Teaching Certification)

Geosciences courses = 33 hours
Education courses = 39
Chemistry courses = 8
Physics courses = 8-10
Mathematics courses = 6-8
Statistics or Computer Science = 3

Minimum total = 120 hours for graduation

 

Specific Requirements for the B.S. Degree in ADOLESCENCE EARTH SCIENCES:

(Provisional Secondary Education Teaching Certification)

Credit Hours
3..........GEO 150 Moons and Planets
3..........GEO 160 Oceanography
3..........GEO 165 Geology I
1..........GEO 169 General Geology Laboratory
3..........GEO 210 Geology II
4..........GEO 215 Minerals and Rocks (writing intensive)
3..........GEO 311 Global Climate
4..........GEO 330 Geomorphology (writing intensive)
1..........GEO 459 Geosciences Seminar
7-8.......Any TWO GEO 300/400 level courses with LABS as advised (one course can be GIS)

3..........SCED 105/106 Introduction to Science & Science Education
3..........EDU 224 Adolescent Development
3..........EDU 250/251 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
3..........SCED 276 Literacy and Technology for Secondary Science & Mathematics
1..........EDU 301 Child Abuse & Child Abduction
1..........EDU 302 Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Abuse
1..........EDU 303 Safety Ed/Fire & Arson / Violence
3..........SCED 305/313 Diversity in the Teaching of Science & Mathematics
3..........EDU 349 Educational Psychology
3..........SCED 419 Secondary Science Methods
15........EDU 430 Student Teaching in the Secondary School

4..........CHEM 115/125 General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 116/126 General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
5 or 4....PHYS 230/232 University Physics I (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 121/123 College Physics I (lecture and lab)
5 or 4....PHYS 231/233 University Physics II (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 122/124 College Physics II (lecture and lab)
6 or 8....One year CALCULUS sequence: MATH 120/121 (recommended) or MATH 122/123
3...........Course in Statistics at the 200 level or higher, or a 3-hour course in Computer Science
GPA requirements: Must have have a minimum grade of C in required Geosciences courses to graduate. Must have 2.5 GPA to enter Professional Year, and to graduate.
Writing Intensive requirement fulfilled by taking any one of GEO 335, 370, or 400, in addition to the required GEO 215 and GEO 330. This course can be used to also fulfill one of the 3xx/4xx electives noted above.
One year of college-level study of a LANGUAGE other than English, OR the equivalent (e.g., 3 years of high school Regents)



B.A. Degree in EARTH SCIENCES

(Liberal Arts Program)


General Requirements for the B.A. Degree in EARTH SCIENCES:

Geosciences courses = 32-34
Geosciences Electives = 9-12
Chemistry courses = 8
Mathematics courses = 6-8
Physics courses = 8-10
Statistics or Computer Science = 3

Minimum total = 120 hours


Specific Requirements for the B.A. Degree in EARTH SCIENCES:

Hour(s)
1.........GEO 169 General Geology Laboratory
Any TWO of the following (6 hrs.):

  • GEO 150 Moons and Planets
  • GEO 160 Oceanography
  • GEO 311 Global Climate
  • GEO 341 Stars and Galaxies

3..........GEO 165 Geology I
3..........GEO 210 Geology II
4..........GEO 215 Minerals and Rocks
4..........GEO 370 Structural Geology
1..........GEO 459 Seminar in Geosciences
3 or 4....GEO xxx Any Geology elective
7-8........GEO 3xx/4xx (upper level) Geology electives with LABS (one can be GIS)
4...........CHEM 115/125 General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4...........CHEM 116/126 General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
5 or 4.....PHYS 230/232 University Physics I (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 121/123 College Physics I (lecture and lab)
5 or 4.....PHYS 231/233 University Physics II (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 122/124 College Physics II (lecture and lab)
3 or 4.....MATH elective
3 or 4.....Any course in Calculus [MATH 120 recommended]
3............A course in Statistics at the 200 level or higher, or a course in Computer Science with programming

Writing Intensive requirement is fulfilled by taking any one of
GEO 330, 335, 3400 (in addition to required GEO 215 and 370). This course can also be used to partially fulfill Geosciences electives, above

 


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