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Geology - Earth and Space Science and Integrated Science Option—BS

The world needs professionals dedicated to passing along their knowledge of earth science—and zest for lifelong learning—to future generations. Meet the nation’s need for highly qualified science teachers, and help enrich secondary students’ lives.

In the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, you will earn a bachelor’s degree in geology and complete additional course work that will prepare you for secondary-education certification in the state of Michigan in both Earth and Space Science and Integrated Science. The program includes courses in biology, chemistry, geology, math, and physics, providing a strong foundation for a career in education and the versatility to choose another geology-related pathway.

Earth and Space Science education is a critical component of middle- and high-school curricula because it teaches processes that students can observe in everyday life and apply to their own experiences. By combining preparation in Earth and Space Science Education with preparation in Integrated Science Education, this program prepares future teachers to provide a broad-based science education that is grounded in the use of data, observations, and experiments that are directly relevant to all students. A solid understanding of the natural world makes other science course work more meaningful for students.

As part of your teacher training, you will have the opportunity to participate in a field experience. You can choose from two institutes: one taught at the national parks and monuments of eastern Utah, or one focusing on geology and mining right here in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences is a nationally recognized, discovery-based learning community offering unparalleled opportunities in undergraduate education.

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