Earth Science Teaching Concentration within the Sciences and Letters Curriculum

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum


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Minimum required course work normally equates to 56-60 hours.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.  In addition, students must take one of the following speech performance courses: CMN 101, CMN 113, CMN 321, or CMN 323.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Completion of this concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach both earth science and general science. In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Departmental distinction: The student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in all geology courses as well as all courses in the Teacher Education Minor and a GPA of at least 3.0 in all other science and mathematics courses and must present evidence of exemplary teaching.

Prerequisites to transfer to the Teaching Concentration (must be completed or be in progress):

EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
One of the following:4-5
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 333Earth Materials and the Env4
In addition, the student is required to pass the State Basic Skills Test before application to the teaching minor.


In addition to the requirements for the concentration listed below, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (37 - 38 hours). Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Affairs Office. Ordinarily, all students will require 10 semesters to complete this program.

Select one group of courses:5-6
Introduction to Astronomy
and The Solar System Lab
and Stars and Galaxies Lab
The Solar System
and Stars and Galaxies
ATMS 100Introduction to Meteorology3
IB 100Biology in Today's World3
Select one group of courses:4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
GEOL 107Physical Geology 14
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 117The Oceans3
GEOL 143History of Life3
GEOL 333Earth Materials and the Env 24
Advanced-hour course work in Geology 8
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
or MATH 234 Calculus for Business I
Select one group of courses:10-12
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag
and Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
and Univ Physics: Quantum Physics

Students who decide to follow the curriculum after first taking GEOL 100 or GEOL 103 should enroll in GEOL 208. GEOL 100 or GEOL 103 will be accepted as a substitute for GEOL 107, but students should be aware that these courses are not intended for science majors.


Students can substitute GEOL 333 with GEOL 432.