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Earth Science Teaching Major, BA

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This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in earth and space science and qualifies students to teach Earth and space science at the high school, middle, or junior high school levels. Students should seriously consider working toward endorsement in a second area, such as biology, chemistry, general science, middle-level science, middle-level mathematics, physics, or mathematics. Students taking this major are required to apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum with the exception of EFC 416 and EFC 350 (44 total credits required). Students completing this program are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and disposition proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for Earth and space science to receive an Earth and space science endorsement.

(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.)


Required Courses

  • CHEM 111 - Introduction to Chemistry - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 111LAB - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory - Credits: (1)
    OR
  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 181LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I - Credits: (1)
    and
  • GEOL 101LAB - Physical Geology Laboratory - Credits: (1)
  • GEOL 200 - Earth's Evolution and Global Change - Credits: (5)
  • GEOL 210 - Introduction to Geologic Field Methods - Credits: (4)
  • GEOL 302 - Oceans and Atmosphere - Credits: (4)
  • GEOL 320 - Rocks and Minerals - Credits: (5)
  • GEOL 350 - Teaching Northwest Geology - Credits: (4)
  • GEOL 370 - Stratigraphy - Credits: (5)
  • GEOL 380 - Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards - Credits: (4)
  • GEOL 386 - Geomorphology - Credits: (5)
  • GEOL 492B - Laboratory Experience Teaching Earth Science - Credits: (2)
  • MATH 153 - Pre-calculus Mathematics I - Credits: (5)
  • PHYS 101 - Introductory Astronomy I - Credits: (5)
  • SCED 324 - Science Education in Secondary Schools I - Credits: (3)
  • SCED 325 - Science Education in Secondary Schools II - Credits: (3)
  • SCED 401 - Interdisciplinary Secondary Science Inquiry - Credits: (5)
  • SCED 487 - Teaching Secondary Science Seminar - Credits: (2)

  • Select Either

  • GEOL 101 - Physical Geology - Credits: (4)
    OR
  • GEOL 103 - Geology of Washington - Credits: (4)

Core Total - Credits: 71



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