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Earth Science Composite Teaching


Program Description

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 on to others, consider the University of Utah’s Earth Sciences Teaching Composite major. The program meets state requirements for the Earth Science I and II endorsements, as well as a Middle School Science endorsement. Careful selection of electives can also provide endorsements in Physics and Chemistry. The program curriculum includes core courses in the earth sciences—such as earth systems, physical geology, geological hazards, and local geology—as well as allied science courses in chemistry, physics, and math. Students even have the option of obtaining a Master’s of Education and a secondary education-teaching license through the combined BS/MEd program. The program will also enhance your math, chemistry, physics, and biology skills, while 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 GeoClub or other Geology & Geophysics student groups to help organize departmental events and provide input on new faculty appointments. Volunteer with an after-school program or the Natural History Museum of Utah, or become a tutor or a Learning Assistant to gain hands-on skills valuable for the teaching profession.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, students have the scientific background to teach Earth Science in middle and high schools. Stay in Utah and continue to learn more about the geology of the state as a local educator or relocate to other regions to teach (and learn) further. Students can also pursue careers as geologists, surveyors, consultants, or museum professionals. With additional education, you can also find work as a principal or school administrator, professor, researcher, or professional geologist.

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Last Updated: 5/30/24