Geology: Earth Science Teaching, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Geology (Sciences & Letters), Earth Science Teaching Concentration


department website: https://www.geology.illinois.edu/undergraduate

department faculty: Geology Faculty

advising: Geology advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: geology@illinois.edu


The Sciences and Letters Curriculum in Geology (BSLAS), administered by the Department of Geology, is designed for students who want a more flexible course of study than is provided by the Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics. It may be used by those wishing to obtain a more liberal education and/or background in geology for use in fields such as anthropology, business, mineral economics, regional planning, journalism, law, sales, or library and information science. It is not intended to prepare a student for graduate work in the geological sciences unless the student selects additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics comparable to those required in the Specialized Geology and Geophysics Curriculum. Students must choose from the following: Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Earth Science Teaching.  The Earth Science Teaching Concentration is designed for students preparing to teach earth science at the secondary school level.

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Geology

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

Students select one of the following in consultation with an adviser:

 

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Geology

Students select one of the following in consultation with an adviser:


for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Geology (Sciences & Letters), Earth Science Teaching Concentration


This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school (grades 9-12) Earth and Space Science through the AP/honors level and biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics up to but not including the AP/honors level.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters. Some students require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information.  

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: Students majoring in Geology can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3, and must present evidence of exemplary teaching

High Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and must present evidence of exemplary teaching

Highest Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7, and must present evidence of exemplary teaching


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 55-59 hours in the concentration and 39 hours for the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.


Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
GEOL 107Physical Geology 14
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 333Earth Materials and the Env 24
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
or MATH 234 Calculus for Business I
Additional Required Coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
Select one group of courses:5-6
Introduction to Astronomy
and The Solar System Lab
and Stars and Galaxies Lab
or
Solar System and Worlds Beyond
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
or
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
GEOL 117The Oceans3
GEOL 143History of Life3
Advanced-hour course work in Geology 8
Select one group of courses:10-12
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
or
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag
and Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
and Univ Physics: Quantum Physics

Requirements for the Teacher Education in Secondary School Teaching Minor

Professional Education Required Courses
EDUC 201Identity and Difference in Education 13
EDUC 202Social Justice, School and Society 13
CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CI 403Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population3
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 1, 23
EPSY 485Assessing Student Performance3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education12
Total Hours39-40