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This comprehensive major will result in certification to teach earth and space science at the middle school or high school level. In addition to a focus on geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology, the broad scope of this major provides a well-rounded base in science. 

Students will be enrolled in the College of Education and Health Sciences, and should refer to the current course catalog as well as their COEHS faculty advisor for details in the teacher education requirements.


See the course catalog for the most recent requirements and courses.


See specific details about our majors and minors.

Earth science + space science teaching

60 credits

Geology core requirements

23-25 credits

  • One of four 100-level geology courses
  • Mineralogy and Petrology I
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Computers in Geology
  • Field Geology I
  • Chemical Principles

 Other required courses

33 credits, plus electives to total 60

  • Oceanography
  • Earth Resources or Water Resources
  • Earth History
  • General Physics or University Physics I
  • Astronomy-Solar system
  • Calculus I
  • Environmental Biology or Conservation of the Environment
  • Climatology or Environmental Hazards

Interested in changing majors or declaring a geology major?

See this page for all of the 4-year degree plans and links to other relevant information. Please contact the Department of Geology through the information provided below for more information about becoming a major, or changing majors within the program.

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