Earth Sciences Teaching Major B.A.

Earth Sciences Teaching Major B.A.

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What is a bachelor of arts in Earth sciences teaching?

The program is designed to prepare students with an undergraduate B.A. degree that meets requirements and can be combined with M.A.T. or M.Ed. coursework offered through the UNH Department of Education. It is specifically designed to prepare students with a broad background in the general sciences and the Earth sciences so they are prepared to teach secondary school.

Why study Earth sciences teaching at UNH?

The demand for well-trained secondary school teachers broadly trained in the natural sciences has been steadily increasing. The location of UNH, on the Great Bay Estuary and close to the White Mountains, provides an ideal backdrop for hands-on learning opportunities for all Earth sciences students. Students have multiple opportunities to immerse themselves in research experiences in the field and in state-of-the-art laboratories, and funds are available by competitive application to support these opportunities. Future teachers also have the potential to apply to and participate in opportunities coordinated through campus centers such as the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education.

Potential Careers

Secondary school teacher

Contact

Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road
214 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

P: (603) 862-1718
E: earth.sciences@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The bachelor of arts in Earth sciences teaching program is offered by the Department of Earth Sciences in coordination with the Department of Education. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to teach Earth sciences in secondary school. With careful planning, upon graduation from this program, qualified students are prepared to complete a M.A.T./M.Ed. degree in education with an additional year of graduate study, which includes a year-long internship (EDUC 900A Internship and Seminar in Teaching/EDUC 901A Internship and Seminar in Teaching). After completing this typically five-year program, students receive full teacher certification for New Hampshire, which is recognized in many other states.

General Science Certification

Students majoring in animal sciences, biochemistry, biology, Earth sciences, environmental conservation studies, environmental sciences, forestry, microbiology, plant biology, wildlife management, or zoology may seek certification to teach science at the middle, junior, or high school level.

For further information, contact the coordinator of teacher education in the Department of Education.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 2 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
Pick One of Three 4
Introduction to Modern Astronomy  
Elements of Weather  
Introduction to Oceanography  
ESCI 530
Geological Field Methods
or Techniques in Environmental Sciences
4
Discovery Course 2 4
Foreign Language 3 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching (apply during preceding term) 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Discovery Course 2 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
Pick One of Three 4
Introduction to Modern Astronomy  
Elements of Weather  
Introduction to Oceanography  
ESCI 561 Landscape Evolution 4
PHYS 401
Introduction to Physics I
or General Physics I
4
Discovery Course 2 4
 Credits16
Spring
Pick one of Three 4
Introduction to Modern Astronomy  
Elements of Weather  
Introduction to Oceanography  
PHYS 402
Introduction to Physics II
or General Physics II
4
Foreign Language 3 4
Discovery Course 2 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Pick One of Eight 4 4
Educational Structure and Change ((WI))  
Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology ((WI))  
Contemporary Educational Perspectives ((WI))  
Teaching Reading through the Content Areas  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Secondary  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Related Services  
Methods of Teaching Secondary Science  
Free Elective 1 4
ESCI 6__ or 7__ 4
Discovery Course* 4
 Credits16
Spring
Pick Three of Eight 4 12
Educational Structure and Change ((WI))  
Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology ((WI))  
Contemporary Educational Perspectives ((WI))  
Teaching Reading through the Content Areas  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Secondary  
Educating Exceptional Learners: Related Services  
Methods of Teaching Secondary Science  
Senior Capstone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits129
Requirements
Satisfy the Discovery Program Requirements
Satisfy the bachelor of arts degree requirements
ESCI 401Dynamic Earth4
or ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment
ESCI 402Earth History4
ESCI 501Introduction to Oceanography4
GEOG 473Elements of Weather4
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 1
8
PHYS 406Introduction to Modern Astronomy4
Select one of the following:8
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Complete 12 approved elective credits from intermediate and/or advanced Earth sciences courses.12
Math Requirements
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Capstone
Teacher Education Requirements
Satisfy the secondary-school teacher education program.
Total Credits56

Explore Program Details

A key requirement of the Discovery Program is the completion of one senior capstone experience, to be supervised and approved within the major.

Senior Capstone Experience 

Resume and an idealized course schedule by semester for undergraduates interested in the BA in Earth Sciences, Teaching option can be found here.

Department flyer can be found here.

Forms

Departmental Petition for Program Variance - Petition for major requirement

Petition for Variance in Academic Policy - Petition for University and/or Discovery requirement

Transfer Credit Prior Approval Request - transfer credits from another institution

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