B.S.Ed. in Earth and Space Sciences

College of Education and Social Work

All students seeking a B.S.Ed. must formally apply for Teacher Candidacy. See the "Educator Preparation Programs" section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements. Only those students who achieve Teacher Candidacy will be eligible to enroll in SED 360/SCB 350. Once Teacher Candidacy has been achieved, students must maintain the minimum GPA specified by the College of Education and Social Work in order to continue taking advanced professional course work. If a student falls below the minimum GPA, they 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.

Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement 16
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
Core Courses 2
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
ESS 201Field Geology3
ESS 204Historical Geology3
ESS 301Environmental Geochemistry3
ESS 302Mineralogy3
ESS 343Geomorphology3
ESS 405Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
ESS 439Hydrogeology3
ESS 450Sedimentation & Stratigraphy3
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
Required Supporting Math & Science Coursework 2
MAT 115Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
or MAT 131 Precalculus
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
BIO 110General Biology I4
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103General Chemistry I Lab1
PHY 130General Physics I4
or PHY 170 Physics I
Education Requirements
EDF 300Democracy and Education3
EDP 280Developmental and Psychological Perspectives in Education3
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDA 303Special Ed: Processes/Procedures for General Educators2
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
LAN/ENG 382Teaching English Language Learners PK-123
ERM 355Ethical and Effective Assessment for Learning 7-123
Students may obtain additional certification in general science and/or environmental education in addition to earth and space science
SED 100An Exploration of Secondary Education3
SED 200Learning Environments and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
SED 300Principles of Teaching and Technology in the Secondary Classroom3
SED 360Science Education in the Secondary School3
Capstone Requirement
SED 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 36
SED 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 36
Total Minimum Credits Required127

A LIT course is required for this program.


A grade of C- or better must be achieved for all required courses 


This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

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

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 101 Introduction to Geology 3
MAT 115
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
or Introduction to Statistics I
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Semester Two
ESS 102
Humans and the Environment
or Humans and the Environment
MAT 121
Introduction to Statistics I
or Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
SED 100 An Exploration of Secondary Education 3
EDP 280 Developmental and Psychological Perspectives in Education 3
WRT 2XX200-Level WRT Course 3
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 201 Field Geology 3
ESS 204 Historical Geology 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EDA 103 Foundations of Special Education 3
EDF 300 Democracy and Education 3
Semester Four
ESS 301 Environmental Geochemistry 3
ESS 330 Introduction to Oceanography 3
ESS 343 Geomorphology 3
SED 200 Learning Environments and Field Experience in Secondary Schools 3
EDA 303 Special Ed: Processes/Procedures for General Educators 2
Humanities Gen Ed (LIT course) 3
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 302 Mineralogy 3
ESS 311 Introduction to Astronomy 3
ESS 347 Earth & Space Science Seminar 1
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
LAN 382
Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
or Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Semester Six
ESS 405 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3
ESS 439 Hydrogeology 3
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
SED 300 Principles of Teaching and Technology in the Secondary Classroom 3
ERM 355 Ethical and Effective Assessment for Learning 7-12 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 370 Introduction to Meteorology 3
ESS 450 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy 3
SED 360 Science Education in the Secondary School 1 3
EDR 347 Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Arts Gen Ed 3
Humanities Gen Ed 3
Semester Eight
SED 411 Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 1 6
SED 412 Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 1 6
 Total Credits127

Field course. Clearances required.