Earth and Environmental Science Major with Teacher Certification in Earth Science (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.S.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Earth Science must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course PHED 401 The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools is the departmental requirement.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Courses
EAES 105Physical Geology4
EAES 220Mineralogy4
EAES 240Historical Geology4
EAES 302Structural Geology3
EAES 320Igneous Metamorphic Petrology4
EAES 342Invertebrate Paleobiology4
EAES 441Stratigraphy4
Collateral Chemistry Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
Collateral Math Courses
Select one of the following sequences:7-8
Math Sequence A
Applied Precalculus
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus A
Math Sequence B
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Collateral Physics Courses
Physics Sequence A
Select one of the following sequences:8
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Physics Sequence B
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Collateral Biology Course
BIOL 112Principles of Biology I4
or BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II
Major Electives
Select 11 credits from the list below:11
Total Credits65-66

Major Electives

Select one of the following:3-4
Understanding Weather and Climate
PHYS 180Descriptive Astronomy3
or PHYS 280 Astronomy
Select one of the following:3-4
General Oceanography
Introduction to Marine Sciences
Additional Electives
Select from the following to reach a total of 11 elective credits:
Geology Field Trip
Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
Aerial Photograph Interpretation
Map Reading and Cartography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment
Economic Geology
Environmental Geochemistry
Fluvial Geography
Principles of Soil Science
Field Geology
Human Impact on the Coastal Zone
The Geology of New Jersey
Independent Study in Geoscience
Seminar in Geoscience
Sel Topics in Earth Environmental Studies: Glacial Deposits, Climate Archive Resource Potential
Total Credits11