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Earth Science Teaching Major, B.A.

Additional Links & Information: Minor . Earth Science Matrix . Approval Form . CWU Catalog Description

This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in Earth science. It does not constitute preparation for a career in geology. The Earth science major qualifies students to teach earth science at the high school level and the middle or junior high school level. Students should seriously consider working toward endorsement in a second area, such as biology, chemistry, general science, physics or mathematics. Earth science majors are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department. They must complete an electronic program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students completing this program are required to pass the WEST-E (PRAXIS II) exam for Earth science to receive a Washington State teaching endorsement in Earth science.

Required Courses


  • CHEM 111 - Introduction to Chemistry Credits: (4)
  • and
  • CHEM 111 LAB - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Credits: (1)
  • OR
  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I Credits: (4)
  • and
  • CHEM 181 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: (1)
  • GEOL 101 LAB - Physical Geology Laboratory Credits: (1)
  • GEOL 200 - Earth 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 - 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 Credits: (4)
  • SCED 487 - Teaching Secondary Science Seminar Credits: (2)

Select Either


  • GEOL 101 - Physical Geology Credits: (4)
  • OR
  • GEOL 102 - Geology of National Parks Credits: (4)

Select Either


  • GEOL 495 - Senior Research Credits: (1-6)
  • OR
  • SCED 495 - Science Education Research Credits: (1-3)

Total Credits: 65-67


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