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B.S. Earth Sciences: Secondary Education Emphasis

The Secondary Education emphasis offers you the opportunity to combine teaching with your passion for the natural world. The course work and experiences in the emphasis are designed to provide you with a broad background of the four earth science disciplines (astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography) and supporting sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Within the last year of the program, pre-service teachers are provided opportunities to apply the knowledge learned within the coursework and apply it to practices within the classroom.

Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program 

Content courses are taught in science disciplines in the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the College of Education provides the required courses in the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program (STEP). 

You must pass the PRAXIS exam in order to obtain your teaching certificate. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach earth science in grades 7-12 and will have satisfied all the requirements to receive Secondary Science/Earth Science Licensure from the Colorado Department of Education.

Residents of Colorado are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant that provides financial aid in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

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Program Snapshot

Credits required: 

  • Total: 120 
  • Specified LAC: 31

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Four Year Plan (Recommended Course Sequence)


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UNC is ideally located for developing skills in Earth Science education. We house the Math and Science Teaching Institute and have acess to the Poudre Learning Center situated over 100 acres of local riparian and prairie habitat adjacent to the Cache la Poudre River.