Earth Science 7-12, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Earth Science Requirements (45 Credits)
‘C-’ or better required in all ESC courses
ESC 200 – Physical Geology (T2PR)
ESC 201 – History of Earth and Life (T2LE)
ESC 210 – Principles of Astronomy
ESC 205 – Principles of Meteorology (T2PR)
ESC 220 – Physical and Chemical Oceanography (T2PR)
ESC 311 – Mineralogy
ESC 350 –  Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 – Field Methods

Select one from:
ESC 312 – Petrology
ESC 325 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

11 Credits of ESC at or above the 200-level.

Education Requirements (27 Credits)
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators ('C' or better)
EDU 413 – Secondary Education ('C' or better)
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success ('C' or better)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas ('C' or better)
SCE 490 – Science Teaching (Secondary School) ('C' or better)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)
SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities ('C' or better)


CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)
EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society ('C' or better) (T2CC)
HIS 110 – United States History to 1877 OR 
   HIS 111 – United States History from 1877 to present (T2AE)
MAT 120 – College Algebra or MAT 122 – Precalculus or MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)
PHY 200 – General Physics I (T2PR) OR
     PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
SHE 203 – School Health ('C' or better) (T2MB)

Select one from:
BIO 102 – Biology I
BIO 120 – Microbiology (T2LE)
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)
PHY 201 – General Physics II
PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

Non-Course Requirements:
Pass Praxis® II with a score of 157 or higher