Earth Science Education, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Education (BS-ESED) is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines the geology core with the secondary education professional licensure program. This program prepares graduates to teach Earth science concepts in secondary education after gaining the foundational skills to observe, interpret, and describe the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. It offers the essential hands-on experiences in a variety of topics including astronomy, plate tectonics, sedimentary processes, mineralogy, petrology, structures, (paleo)climatology, hydrology, and environmental science. The program integrates and applies concepts from physics, chemistry, statistics, and other quantitative subjects to questions about earth and planetary science and their interactions with humans, society, and the environment. It assists students in cultivating pedagogical skills and acquiring expertise in the field of Earth Science, equipping them with the necessary tools to excel in teaching at the secondary education level and pursue further studies in education at the graduate level. Other career options include environmental and geotechnical consulting, geologic engineering, resource management, education and outreach, state and federal government agencies, and energy and mineral resource exploration. Students successfully completing the requirements of their UVU professional teacher education program and all licensure requirements receive a baccalaureate degree from UVU and are recommended for a Utah Professional Educator License awarded by the Utah State Board of Education.

Matriculation Requirements

  1. Complete the following courses: GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology PPGEO 1015 Introduction to Geology LaboratoryMATH 1050 College Algebra QL (or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries QL), MATH 1060 Trigonometry QLBIOL 1010 General Biology BB with a grade of "C" or higher in each.
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of college credit.
  3. Apply to the department of Earth Science for admission.
  4. Completion of an exit interview with the Earth Science Department chair and a Qualtrics Exit Survey prior to graduation.

Secondary Education Requirements

  1. ENGL and MATH QL courses must have a grade C or higher.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a C in content area courses.
  3. Completion of all General Education requirements and 70% of content area courses.
  4. Pass LiveScan Criminal Background Check.