Earth Science Concentration with Middle School Education Minor (UGYS)

Faculty advisor: Dr. Kristin Chon, Physics and Earth Sciences Department Chair

The Geography Department offers a Geography major with an Earth Science concentration and Middle School Education minor for students seeking licensure as a middle school earth science teacher. Thirteen (13) courses are required for the Earth Science concentration, and there are four specified general education courses as well.

Departmental Requirements for Major
Core Courses (4):
GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 203 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

One (1) additional Geography course:
GEOG 250 Geography of the United States and Canada
or GEOG 251 Geography of New England

Seven (7) Earth Science and related courses:
ASTR 251 Introduction to Astronomy
CHEM 103 General Chemistry
EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
GEOL 231 Physical Geology
GEOL 232 Historical Geology
GEOL 246 Oceanography
GEOL 331 Regional Field Geology

One (1) elective course:
Selected from the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or another regional geography course other than GEOG 250 Geography of the United States and Canada or GEOG 251 Geography of New England.

Four (4) specified General Education courses:
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
MATH 200 Precalculus
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics
PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

Education Minor (8 course-credits):
EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II for Middle School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 414 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I: Middle School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 415 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II: Middle School (2 course-credits)

Note: Geography Department prerequisites for EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and Technology for Middle School are completion of:

  • general education requirements, and
  • all mathematics and science requirements of the major except for the single approved elective.

Department prerequisites for EDUC 414-15 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I and II: Middle School are the same as above, plus EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II for Middle School.

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