Option V: Teaching

The BS Geological Sciences, Option V: Teaching is designed to fulfill the course requirements for composite science teacher certification for middle school or secondary with geological sciences as the primary teaching field.

Additional Requirements Specific to the BS Geological Sciences, Option V:  Teaching

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate and be recommended for certification.

  • University grade point average of at least 2.50
  • Earned a grade of at least C- in each of the professional development courses and supporting courses listed below as well as all coursework required for the geological sciences degree.
  • Successful passing of final teaching portfolio review, conducted by the UTeach-Natural Sciences program. Information about the portfolio review and additional certification requirements is available from the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic advisor.
  • Composite certification requires 24 semester hours of coursework in the primary field, 12 hours in a second field, and six hours each in two additional fields.
  • In addition, students must fulfill the University’s general requirements and the requirements of the Jackson School of Geosciences.

Students must adhere to the current certification requirements, even if they differ from those listed in the University catalog.

Prescribed Work

  1. Professional Development Sequence:
    1. Curriculum and Instruction 651S
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 365C or UTeach-Natural Sciences 350
    3. Curriculum and Instruction 365D or UTeach-Natural Sciences 355
    4. Curriculum and Instruction 365E or UTeach-Natural Sciences 360
    5. UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, and 170
  2. Supporting Courses:
    1. Biology 337 (Topic 2: Research Methods: UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic 1: Research Methods: UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic 7: Research Methods: UTeach)
    2. History 329U or Philosophy 329U
  3. Middle grades certification: Students seeking middle grades certification, must also complete the following coursework:
    1. Educational Psychology 350G, or both Psychology 301 and 304
    2. Curriculum and Instruction 339E

Major Requirements

  1. Mathematics 408C. This course also meets the mathematics requirement of the core curriculum. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the total number of semester hours required for the degree.
     
  2. To meet the requirements of composite certification, the student must complete the following courses. In meeting this requirement, the student also fulfills parts I and II of the science and technology requirement of the core curriculum. 
    1. Biology 311C and 311D
    2. Chemistry 301 and 302
    3. Physics 303K and 103M or Physics 303L and 103N; or an equivalent sequence
    4. Enough additional approved coursework in biology, chemistry, or physics to provide the required 12 semester hours in a second field
  3. Astronomy 303, 307, or 367M
  4. Marine Science 307
  5. Geological Sciences 401 or 303, 405, 416K, 416M, and 420K or 320L
  6. Enough upper-division coursework to total at least 28 semester hours in geological sciences.
  7. Enough additional coursework to total 126 semester hours including core, prescribed and major work.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

BS Geological Sciences, Option V:  Teaching, Senior Grades

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
GEO 401 or 303 (plus 1 additional hour of upper-division science elective)4GEO 4054
M 408C4BIO 311C3
CH 3013CH 3023
UTS 1011UTS 1101
UGS 302 or 3033Humanities3
RHE 3063Government3
 18 17
Second Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
GEO 416K4GEO 420K4
GEO 416M4HIS 329U or PHL 329U3
BIO 311D3EDC 365C or UTS 3503
Science Elective3GEO Elective, upper-division4
History3History3
 17 17
Third Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PHY 303L3EDC 365E or UTS 3603
PHY 103N1PHY 303K3
EDC 365D or UTS 3553PHY 103M1
BIO 337 (Topic 2), CH 368 (Topic 1), or PHY 341 (Topic 7)3Government3
GEO Elective, Upper-division4GEO Elective, Upper-division4
Social/Behavioral Science3Elective3
 17 17
Fourth Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MNS 3073EDC 651S6
AST 303, 307, or 367M3UTS 1701
Visual/Performing Art 3 
Science Elective, Upper-division4 
Science Elective, Upper-division3 
 16 7
Total credit hours: 126

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

BS Geological Sciences, Option V:  Teaching, Middle Grades

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
GEO 401 or 303 (plus 1 additional hour of upper-division science elective)4GEO 4054
M 408C4BIO 311C3
CH 3013CH 3023
UTS 1011UTS 1101
UGS 302 or 3033Humanities3
RHE 3063Government3
 18 17
Second Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
GEO 416K4GEO 420K4
GEO 416M4EDC 365C or UTS 3503
BIO 311D3HIS 329U or PHL 329U3
EDP 350G or PSY 301 and PSY 3043GEO Elective, Upper-division4
History3History3
 17 17
Third Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
EDC 365D or UTS 3553EDC 365E or UTS 3603
PHY 303L3EDC 339E3
PHY 103N1PHY 303K3
BIO 377 (Topic 2), CH 368 (Topic 1), or PHY 341 (Topic 7)3PHY 103M1
GEO Elective, Upper-division4GEO Elective, Upper-division4
Social/Behavioral Science3Government3
 17 17
Fourth Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MNS 3073EDC 651S6
AST 303, 307, or 367M3UTS 1701
Science Elective, Upper-division4 
Science Elective, Upper-division3 
Visual/Performing Art3 
 16 7
Total credit hours: 126