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Earth Sciences Concentration (Teaching Licensure)

The Department of Geology offers courses which will qualify prospective teachers for licensure to teach earth and space science. The appropriate courses in education must be taken. (Contact the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development for information concerning these courses.)

Education Courses (36 semester hours)
(Contact the College of Education and Human Development for information concerning these courses.)

Total Credits Needed for Degree - 127 semester hours
(Includes Core Curriculum courses, required courses, and electives.)

Core Curriculum - 43-44 Semester Hours (SH)

University Core

A. Core Foundations

CORE 101   ___ 3
CORE 102   ___ 3
CORE 103* ___ 3
CORE 201   ___ 3
CORE 202   ___ 3

NOTE: Courses listed in multiple areas can only be used to fulfill a single area requirement.

Students can use only one course with their major prefix to fulfill core requirements.

* Honors course - will replace CORE 101 & 102 for those students in the RU honors program

A. Core Skills and Knowledge

Courses must be from different disciplines:

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (3SH)
MATH 151   ___ 3

NATURAL SCIENCES (4 SH)
GEOL 100   ___ 4

HUMANITIES (3 SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: ENGL 200 HIST 101, 102 PHIL 111, 112, 114 RELN 111, 112, 203, 206

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS (3 SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: ART 111, 215, 216 CVPA 266, DNCE 111 MUSC 100, 121, 123 THEA 100, 180

SOCIAL/BEHAV. SCIENCES (3 SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: ANSC 101, APST 200 ECON 105, 106 GEOG 101, 102, 103 HIST 111, 112 POSC 110, 120 PSYC 121 RELN 205 SOCY 110, 121

College Core

National and International Perspectives

Courses must be from different disciplines:

U. S. PERSPECTIVES (3 SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: APST 200 ECON 101, 105, 106, ENGL 203 GEOG 201, 202, 203 HIST 111, 112 POSC 120 SOCY 110

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (3SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: ENGL 201 CVPA 266 GEOG 101, 102, 140, 280 HIST 101, 102 INST 101 ITEC 112 PEAC 200 RELN 112, 205, SOCY 121, THEA 180 WMST 10

Supporting Skills and Knowledge

NATURAL SCI. OR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (3-4 SH)
CHEM 101   ___ 4

HUMANITIES, VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS, OR FOREIGN LANGUAGES (3-4 SH)
_____  _____  _____  3-4
One of the following: ENGL 200 HIST 101, 102 PHIL 111, 112, 114 RELN 111, 112, 203, 06 Or ART 111, 215, 216 DNCE 111 MUSC 100, 121, 123 THEA 100, 180 Or CHNS 101: 102, 201: 202 FORL 100, 109, 209, 309, 409, 200: 210 FREN 100, 200:210, 300, 320 GRMN 100, 200: 210, 300 LATN 101: 102, 201, 350 SPAN 101: 102, 201

SOCIAL/ BEHAV. SCI. OR HEALTH & WELLNESS (3SH)
_____  _____  _____  3
One of the following: ANSC 101, APST 200 ECON 105, 106 GEOG 101, 102, 103 HIST 111, 112 POSC 110, 120 PSYC 121 RELN 205 SOCY 110, 121 HLTH 111,200 NURS 111 NUTR 214 RCPT 200

Earth Sciences Concentration

Course Number Credit Hours Course
Title
Semester Offered Prerequisites
GEOL 100 4 Earth Resources and Natural Hazards F/S/SU  
GEOL 105 4 Exploring Earth F/S/SU  
GEOL 106 4 The Earth Through Time F/S/SU GEOL 105
GEOL 310 4 Mineralogy F GEOL 105 and CHEM 101(co-requisite)
GEOL 312 4 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology S GEOL 310
GEOL 440 4 Structural Geology F GEOL 310
GEOL 441 4 Geologic Field Methods S GEOL 440

Additional Courses Required for the Earth Sciences (Teaching Licensure) Concentration

Course Number            Credit Hours Course
Title                  
Semester Offered Prerequisites
GEOL 365 4
Oceanography S 8 hrs Natural Science (ASTR, BIOL, GEOL, PHYS or PHS)
PHSC/PHYS 301 4
Meteorology   PHYS 111 or PHYS 221
ASTR 111 4 General Astronomy I F  
PHYS 111 4 General Physics I F/S MATH 137 or equivalent

Two Courses Selected from the Following List

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Offered Prerequisites
MATH 138 3
Pre-calculus Function Analysis F/S/SU A minimum of two years of high school algebra

- OR -

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Offered Prerequisites
MATH 140   Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry F/S/SU Adequate algebra skills necessary
MATH 151 3 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I F/S Math SAT = 550,or college pre-calc = "C" or ALEKS exam
MATH 152 3 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II F/S MATH 151
STAT 200 3 Introduction to Statistics F/S  

One Course Selected from the Following List

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Offered Prerequisites
GEOL 320 4 Sedimentary Petrology and Strat. F GEOL 310
GEOL 361 4 Geology of Virginia F/S GEOL 105; & GEOL 100 or 106
GEOL 461 4 Regional Geology of the United States F/S/SU GEOL 320

One Course Selected from the Following List

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Offered Prerequisites
BIOL 105 4 Biology for Health Science F/S/SU  
BIOL 131 4 Ecology and Adaptation F/S  
ASTR 112 4 General Astronomy I S ASTR 111
CHEM 101 4 General Chemistry F/ SU  
GEOL 335 4 General Paleontology S GEOL 106

College of Education and Human Development Requirements

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Offered Prerequisites
HUMD 300 3 Human Growth and Development F/S/SU 2.5 GPA
EDEF 320 3 Introduction to Professional Education F/S/SU 2.5 GPA, Pre or Co- req: HUMD 300
EDSP 404 3 Introduction to Special Education F Admission to the teacher education program
EDRD 416 3 Content Reading and Literacy F Admission to the teacher education program
EDUC 440 3 Teaching Grades 6-12. F Co-req: EDUC 441, EDRD 416, EDET 445
EDUC 441 3 Field Experience for Grades 6-12 F Co-req: EDUC 440, EDRD 416, EDET 445, EDSP 404
EDUC 442 3 Teaching Grades 9-12. S Pre-req: EDUC 440 & 441, EDRD 416, EDET 445
EDET 445 3 Integration of Educational Technology F  
EDUC 452 12 Student Teaching S Meet eligibility for student teaching

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