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 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

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
Calculus II
Collateral Physics Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8
Physics Sequence A
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Physics Sequence B
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Collateral Biology Courses
BIOL 112Principles of Biology I4
or BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II
Major Electives
Select 11 credits from the list (see 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

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Fieldwork3
SASE 451Teaching for Learning I3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits49-54

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