B.S.Ed. in Earth and Space Sciences

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

All students seeking a B.S.Ed. must formally apply for admission to teacher education. See the "Educator Preparation Programs" section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements. Only those students formally admitted to teacher education will be eligible to enroll in SCE 350/SCB 350 . Once admitted to teacher education, students must maintain the minimum GPA specified by the College of Education in order to continue taking advanced professional course work. If a student falls below the minimum GPA, he or she will be permitted to retake - in accordance with University policy - professional course work that contributed to the fall below the minimum GPA but will not be permitted to take additional work until the minimum is met.

General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Core Requirements
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
ESS 201Field Geology3
ESS 204Historical Geology3
ESS 301Environmental Geochemistry3
ESS 302Mineralogy3
ESS 331Introduction to Paleontology3
ESS 343Geomorphology3
ESS 405Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
ESS 420Structural Geology3
ESS 450Sedimentation & Stratigraphy3
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
PHY 130General Physics I4
or PHY 170 Physics I
Other Major Requirements
MAT 115Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
or MAT 131 Precalculus
BIO 110General Biology3
ESS/ENV/SCB 102Humans and the Environment3
or SCB 210 The Origin of Life and the Universe
ESS 311Introduction to Astronomy3
ESS 330Introduction to Oceanography3
ESS 347Earth & Space Science Seminar1
ESS 370Introduction to Meteorology3
A grade of C- or better must be achieved for all required courses within the department including the required electives, as well as those in biology, chemistry, math, and physics.
Education Requirements
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
HIS 444History of American Education3
LAN/ENG 382Teaching English Language Learners PK-123
SCB 350Science Education in Secondary School3
or SCE 350 Science Education in the Secondary School
Students may obtain additional certification in general science and/or environmental education in addition to earth and space science
Total Minimum Credits Required126

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
MAT 115 or 121Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
Gen Ed Soc/Beh Course3
 Credits15
Semester Two
ESS 102 or SCB 210 (GE “I” course)Humans and the Environment3
MAT 121 or 115Introduction to Statistics I3
HIS 444 (Hum GE)History of American Education3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav Course3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Writing and Research 
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture 
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience 
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination 
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere 
Critical Writing: Special Topics 
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 201 (GE “W” course)Field Geology3
ESS 204 (GE “W” )Historical Geology3
ESS 311Introduction to Astronomy3
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I4
ESS 480Special Problems1
 Credits17
Semester Four
ESS 301Environmental Geochemistry3
BIO 110General Biology3
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
Gen Ed Art Course3
Gen Ed Hum Course (LIT 165 or other LIT or CLS) 3
Gen Ed SPK Course3
 Credits18
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 302Mineralogy3
ESS 330Introduction to Oceanography3
ESS 347Earth Space Science Seminar1
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
LAN 382 or ENG 382 (GE “J” course)Teaching English Language Learners PK-123
PHY 130General Physics I4
ESS 480Special Problems1
 Credits18
Semester Six
ESS 450Sedimentation Stratigraphy3
ESS 331 (GE "W")Introduction to Paleontology3
ESS 420Structural Geology3
ESS 343Geomorphology3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
Gen Ed Elective 3
 Credits18
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 370Introduction to Meteorology3
SCE 350 or SCB 350 (GE "W" & "J")Science Education in the Secondary School3
Gen Ed elective 3
Gen Ed elective 6
 Credits15
Semester Eight
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
Electives3
 Credits15