Earth Sciences B.S. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D., Department Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3235

Telephone: 970.351.2647


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The coursework and experiences in this major are designed to provide the student with a broad background in the four earth science disciplines (astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography) and supporting sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Graduates of this program are prepared to teach earth science in grades 7-12. Graduates will have satisfied all the requirements to receive Secondary Science Licensure from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • The course of study for this major, including both required and elective courses, must total at least 60 credits and must be developed in consultation with and be approved by the student's academic advisor.
  • At least one half of the credits in AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses must be numbered 300 or above. No more than 8 credits of AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses numbered below 200 may be counted toward the major.
  • Science and mathematics courses approved for the Liberal Arts Core that are taken as part of this major may also be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements.
  • A grade point average of 2.5 in the major courses is required to receive approval for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program, for eligibility to student teach, and for graduation.

Degree Requirements — 121 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 22 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 124College Algebra


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology


CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


MET 205General Meteorology


PHYS 220Introductory Physics I


Remaining LAC — 21 credits

 See “Liberal Arts Core”.

(If you select courses from areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5)

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Course selection may vary, depending upon the educational background of the student, with approval of the advisor.

The following courses are recommended:

AST 301Classical Astronomy


AST 302Modern Astronomy


GEOL 201Physical Geology


GEOL 202Historical Geology


GEOL 390Colorado Geology


MET 452Paleoclimatology


OCN 301Physical and Chemical Oceanography


OCN 302Geological and Biological Oceanography


Complete the following courses:

Science and math support courses, required to meet CDE Licensure in Secondary Science, are to be selected in consultation with the major advisor.

BIO 111Survey of Organismal Biology


CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II


CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory


PHYS 221Introductory Physics II


3. Required PTEP — 36 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (9 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


SCED 440Strategies in Teaching Secondary Science


SCED 441Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science


EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching


  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.