Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences, Science Education with Geosciences Secondary Teacher Licensure

The secondary teacher licensure program qualifies a student for a Colorado standard teaching license in science education.

Degree Requirements

Completion of requirements for a bachelor’s degree, including general education requirements, 120 credits of acceptable coursework, and at least 42 upper-division credits.

  • A minimum of 120 academic (non-PE) semester hours of credit.
  • At least 42 academic credits must be upper division (300- to 400-level).
  • A cumulative scholastic average of 2.0.
  • General education courses must be completed with an average GPA of at least 2.0.
  • All general education, major, minor, area of concentration, or teacher licensure requirements must be satisfied.
  • All students must demonstrate writing proficiency by the end of the sophomore year.
  • No D grade may apply to a major or minor field.

Completion of the secondary teacher licensure requirements.

Bachelor of Arts with Secondary Education Licensure

Completion of the following required courses:

  • GSCI 109: Dynamic Earth (4 hours)
  • GSCI 112: Earth History (4 hours)
  • GSCI 321: Geomorphology w. Env Applic (4 hours)
  • GSCI 331: Macro and Optical Mineralogy (5 hours)
  • GSCI 334: Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (5 hours)
  • GSCI 343: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 hours)
  • GSCI 371: Structural Geology (4 hours)

Completion of required support courses:

  • BIOL 209: General Biology I / Lab (5 hours)
  • CHEM 131: General Chemistry GT-SC1 (4 hours) AND CHEM 131L: General Chemistry Lab (1 hours)
  • ED 350: Methods of Teaching Science-Sec (3 hours)
  • GSCI 300: World Geography (3 hours)
  • MATH 107: Trig & Analytic Geometry (3 hours)
  • PHYS 110: Intro to Astronomy (3 hours)
  • PHYS 225: College Physics I GT-SC1 (5 hours)

Recommended Courses:

  • CSCI 104: Fundamentals of Programming (3 hours)
  • MATH 205: Intro to Statistical Methods (3 hours)
  • GSCI 201: Intro to Cartography and GIS (3 hours)
  • GSCI 123: Geology of the San Luis Valley (1 hours)

A minor in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics is highly recommended for placement in a teaching position.