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 SCE 350/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.

General Education Requirements
First-Year Experience4
Academic Foundations
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Distributive Requirements
Science requirement6
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Ethics requirement3
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 103General Chemistry I Lab1
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
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
Capstone Requirement
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 16
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 16
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.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 101 Introduction to Geology 3
EDP 250 Educational Psychology 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
MAT 115
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
or Introduction to Statistics I
Gen Ed Soc/Beh Course 3
Semester Two
ESS 102
Humans and the Environment (GE “I” course)
or The Origin of Life and the Universe
MAT 121
Introduction to Statistics I
or Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
HIS 444 History of American Education (Hum GE) 3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav Course 3
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  
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 201 Field Geology (GE “W” course) 3
ESS 204 Historical Geology (GE “W” ) 3
ESS 311 Introduction to Astronomy 3
EDA 103 Foundations of Special Education 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
Semester Four
ESS 301 Environmental Geochemistry 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
EDR 347 Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Gen Ed Art Course 3
Gen Ed Hum Course (LIT 165 or other LIT or CLS) 3
Gen Ed SPK Course 3
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 302 Mineralogy 3
ESS 330 Introduction to Oceanography 3
ESS 347 Earth & Space Science Seminar 1
EDA 304 Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators 3
LAN 382
Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 (GE “J” course)
or Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
Semester Six
ESS 450 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy 3
ESS 331 Introduction to Paleontology (GE "W") 3
ESS 420 Structural Geology 3
ESS 343 Geomorphology 3
EDS 306 Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 370 Introduction to Meteorology 3
SCE 350
Science Education in the Secondary School (GE "W" & "J")
or Science Education in Secondary School
Gen Ed elective 3
Gen Ed elective 6
Semester Eight
EDS 411 Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 6
EDS 412 Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 6
Electives 3
 Total Credits131