Earth and Space Science

Degree Programs

The Department of Geology & Astronomy prepares students for careers in geoscience and geoscience education. The Department offers two Bachelor of Science degree programs and a certification program in general science. All programs emphasize analytical skills and build on course work in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Written and oral communication is emphasized in a majority of the course work.

B.S.Ed. Earth and Space Science

The B.S. in EDUCATION in EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES is a professional degree program designed to prepare certified secondary school teachers with an overall science exposure and specialization in the earth and space sciences. The program meets all guidelines established by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) for earth and space science certification. For further information about WCU certification requirements please visit the College of Education website.

Degree Requirements

(125 semester hours)

Completion of all General Education Requirements (48 semester hours)

All students seeking a B.S.Ed. must formally apply for admission to teacher education. Only those students formally admitted to teacher education will be eligible to enroll in SCE/SCB 350. Once admitted to teacher education, students must maintain the minimum GPA specified by the College of Education in order to continue taking advanced professional course work. If a student falls below the minimum GPA, he or she will be permitted to retake - in accordance with University policy - professional course work that contributed to the fall below the minimum GPA but will not be permitted to take additional work until the minimum is met.

  1. Secondary education requirements (35 semester hours)
  2. EDF 300; EDP 250; EDA 103, 303; EDR 347; LAN/ENG 382; EDS 306; SCE or SCB 350; EDS 411 and 412
  3. Additional math requirements (3 semester hours)
  4. MAT 105 or 110
  5. 3. Additional science cognates (3 semester hours)
  6. BIO 110 (or BIO 100 with a grade of A- or better)
  7. Core requirements (30 semester hours)
  8. ESS 101, 204, 201, 301, 302, 331, 343, 405, 420, and 450
  9. 5. Additional requirements (10 semester hours)
  10. ESS 111, 330, 347, 370
  11. Students may obtain additional certification in general science and/or environmental education in addition to earth and space science. SCB 350; EDS 411 and 412
  1. Additional math requirements (3 semester hours)
  2. MAT 105 or 110
  3. Additional science cognates (3 semester hours)
  4. BIO 110 (or BIO 100 with a grade of A- or better)
  5. Core requirements (30 semester hours)
  6. ESS 101, 204, 201, 301, 302, 331, 343, 405, 420, and 450
  7. Additional requirements (10 semester hours)
  8. ESS 111, 330, 347, 370
  9. Students may obtain additional certification in general science and/or environmental education in addition to earth

A more detailed description of all courses can be found in the undergraduate catalogue