Geology (Earth Science Education) - Bachelor of Science

The concentration in earth science education is a collaboration between the Department of Geological Sciences and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. In this option, students earn a Secondary Licensure as well as a BS in Geology, and become qualified to teach the Broad Sciences at the middle and high school levels. Students take one year of graduate classes in the College of Education to complete the Secondary Licensure.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23
College Algebra (or higher)3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Physical Geology4
Earth, Time and Life
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
The Planets
Human Growth and Behavior3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 1150Introduction to Rocks and Minerals3
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3
GEOL 449The Geological Profession1
Geology Departmental Electives (choose four of these courses)12
Mineralogy and Optics3
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
General Geochemistry3
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GIS for Geology3
Structural Geology3
Tectonic Evolution of North America3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
or BIOL 322 Zoology
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom3
CHEM 1215GGeneral Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 54
or CHEM 1216 General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
CHEM 1225GGeneral Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 54
or CHEM 1226 General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
EDUC 315Multicultural Education3
EDUC 381Secondary Field Experience3
EDUC 463Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level3
EDUC 471Secondary Student Teaching9
EDUC 482Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar3
PHYS 1230GAlgebra-Based Physics I3
or PHYS 2230G General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 1230LAlgebra-Based Physics I Lab1
or PHYS 2230L Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 1240GAlgebra-Based Physics II3
or PHYS 2240G General Physics for Life Science II
PHYS 1240LAlgebra-Based Physics II Lab1
or PHYS 2240L Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society3
RDG 414Content Area Literacy3
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a second language (see section at the bottom of the page)8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 61
Total Credits120

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

After completing the BS in Geology, Concentration Earth Science Education, students should apply and be admitted to the Graduate School in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). For additional details, see the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership portion of the NMSU Catalog.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geology there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
English Composition - Level 1 Course 1 4
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology 4
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
Elective Course 2 1
 Credits15
Semester 2
Oral Communication Course 1 3
CEPY 2110 Learning in the Classroom 3
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts course 1 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
GEOL 1150 Introduction to Rocks and Minerals 3
GEOL 305V Fossils and the Evolution of Life 3
CHEM 1215G
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
or General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
4
EDUC 315 Multicultural Education 3
Second Language first course in sequence 3 4
 Credits17
Semester 2
GEOL 420 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 3
Geology Departmental Elective Course 4 3
CHEM 1225G
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
or General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
4
SPED 350 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
Second Language second course in sequence 3 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Semester 1
Geology Departmental Elective Course 4 3
PHYS 1230G
Algebra-Based Physics I
or General Physics for Life Science I
3
PHYS 1230L
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
or Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
1
Viewing a Wider World course 5 3
EDUC 381 Secondary Field Experience 3
Student who need to enroll in 15 credits for Financial Aid purposes will need to take additional elective credits  
 Credits13
Semester 2
Geology Departmental Elective 4 3
PHYS 1240G
Algebra-Based Physics II
or General Physics for Life Science II
3
PHYS 1240L
Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
or Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
1
BIOL 313
Structure and Function of Plants
or Zoology
3
RDG 414 Content Area Literacy 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 5 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
Geology Departmental Elective Course 4 3
GEOL 449 The Geological Profession 1
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Professional and Technical Communication Honors
3
ASTR 1120G The Planets 4
EDUC 463 Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level 3
Student who need to enroll in 15 credits for Financial Aid purposes will need to take additional elective credits  
 Credits14
Semester 2
EDUC 471 Secondary Student Teaching 9
EDUC 482 Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120