Earth science is a group of scientific areas that involve the study of earth and other planets: geology (the science of the earth), meteorology (the science of the atmosphere), oceanography (the science of the oceans), and astronomy (the science of the universe). If you want to expand your knowledge of our planet and pass this information onto others, consider the University of Utah’s Earth Sciences Teaching Composite major. The program meets state requirements for Earth Science, Integrated Science, and Physical Science teaching endorsements and provides students with the knowledge and skills to teach Earth Science, Physical Science, and Integrated Science. The program curriculum includes core courses in the earth sciences—such as earth systems, geological disasters, and local geology—as well as allied science courses (in chemistry, physics, and math). Students may even obtain a secondary education-teaching license by completing required courses in consultation with an advisor. The program will also enhance your math, chemistry, physics, and biology skills, well-preparing you for a rewarding career in earth sciences education.
The Student Experience
If you want to network and meet fellow Earth Sciences students and faculty, consider joining the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to help organize departmental events and provide input on new faculty appointments. Internship and undergraduate research projects are also available, allowing you to gain hands-on skills valuable for future academic and professional work.
With a composite degree in Earth Sciences Teaching, students are prepared to be elementary and secondary education teachers. Stay in Utah and continue to learn more about the geology of the state as a local educator, or relocate to other geophysical areas to teach (and learn) further. Students can also pursue careers as geologists, surveyors, meteorologists, or geographers. With additional education, you can also find work as a principal or school administrator, professor, researcher, or astronomer.
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