Earth Science - B.S.E.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
404 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2580
www.kent.edu/ehhs/tlcs


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Earth Science prepares students for teacher licensure in earth science, grades seven to 12. Students take a broad range of courses in biology, chemistry, geography and physics and specialize in geology content. Most content coursework is completed during students' first three years; methods coursework begins during the spring of their third year. In the final year of the program, students complete remaining content courses, science teaching methods courses and a year-long placement in a local school district, which concludes with 13 weeks of student teaching in the spring. Earth Science students are encouraged to meet with their faculty early in their program because many courses must be sequenced carefully.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.750 high school GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll into EHHS General until which time they have established a Kent State GPA of 2.750.

The College of Education, Health and Human Services considers a student to have established a Kent State University GPA after the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours. Undergraduate students who have not completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours will be evaluated for admission into programs, advanced study and professional phase based on their high school GPA for new freshmen or transfer GPA for transfer students. Once a student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours, only the student’s Kent State overall GPA will be considered for admission into a program, advanced study and professional phase.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas and applications in their fields of licensure; conduct scientific investigations.  
  2. Engage students effectively in studies of the history, philosophy and practice of science by enabling students to distinguish science from non-science, understand the evolution and practice of science as a human endeavor and critically analyze assertions made in the name of science.  
  3. Engage students both in studies of various methods of scientific inquiry and in active learning through scientific inquiry by encouraging students, individually and collaboratively, to observe, ask questions, design inquiries and collect and interpret data in order to develop concepts and relationships from empirical experiences.
  4. Recognize that informed citizens must be prepared to make decisions and take action on contemporary science- and technology-related issues of interest to the general society. They will be able to require students to conduct inquiries into the factual basis of such issues and to assess possible actions and outcomes based upon their goals and values.
  5. Create a community of diverse learners who construct meaning from their science experiences and possess a disposition for further exploration and learning. They will be able to use, and can justify, a variety of classroom arrangements, groupings, actions, strategies and methodologies.
  6. Plan and implement an active, coherent and effective curriculum that is consistent with the goals and recommendations of the National Science Education Standards. They will be able to begin with the end in mind and effectively incorporate contemporary practices and resources into their planning and teaching.
  7. Relate their discipline to their local and regional communities, involving stakeholders and using the individual, institutional and natural resources of the community in their teaching. They will be able to actively engage students in science-related studies or activities related to locally important issues.  
  8. Construct and use effective assessment strategies to determine the backgrounds and achievements of learners and facilitate their intellectual, social and personal development. They will be able to assess students fairly and equitably, and require that students engage in ongoing self-assessment.  
  9. Organize safe and effective learning environments that promote the success of students and the welfare of all living things, accomplished requiring and promoting knowledge and respect for safety, and overseeing the welfare of all living things used in the classroom or found in the field.
  10. Strive continuously to grow and change, personally and professionally, to meet the diverse needs of their students, school, community and profession. They will have a desire and disposition for growth and betterment.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-BSE-ESCI]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA. All min C grade)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOG 31062FUNDAMENTALS OF METEOROLOGY 3
GEOG 31064PRINCIPLES OF CLIMATOLOGY 3
GEOG 41073CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES 3
GEOL 11040HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 11042EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 21080ALL ABOUT THE OCEANS (KBS) 3
GEOL 23063EARTH MATERIALS I 4
GEOL 31070EARTH MATERIALS II 4
or GEOL 32066 GEOMORPHOLOGY
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13002GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 21430FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY (KBS) 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ADED 32142PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING ADOLESCENTS (WIC) (min C grade)3
ADED 32277TEACHING SCIENCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (min C grade)3
ADED 42277TOPICS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING (min C grade)3
ADED 42292FIELD WORK PRACTICUM (ELR) (min C grade)3
ADED 42357SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 9
ADED 49525INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (min C grade)3
CI 47330READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD (min C grade)3
CULT 29535EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (min C grade)3
EPSY 29525EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (min C grade)3
ITEC 39525EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (min C grade)3
MATH 10041INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR) 3-4
or MATH 30011 BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
PHIL 11001INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SPED 23000INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) (min C grade)3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition (min C grade)6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one from each)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:134

Progression Requirements

Students must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. To be admitted, students must display evidence of the following

  • Adequate communication skills
  • Sound content area knowledge (language arts, mathematics, science or social studies)
  • Basic understanding of the teaching profession
  • Basic understanding of adolescents
  • Dispositions aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, including being open-minded, flexible, caring and responsible.

Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on an interview; letters of recommendation; GPA; Praxis Core scores; and performance in English and communication studies coursework.

Applicants to the program must have experience working with young adults in a supervisory capacity, such as tutoring, camp counseling, volunteer work or related experience. Students should contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire about the procedures and criteria associated with admission to advanced study.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.600 2.750

Double Majors/Dual Degrees

Students seeking to declare an additional teacher education major in the B.S.E. degree (double major) or in a different degree (dual degree) may have the double major/dual degree approved as long as the following requirements are met:

  1. Approval is received from the academic unit administrating each major. A program of study for those interested in pursuing a double major must be approved in writing by faculty from each major area prior to admission to advanced study.
  2. All required content courses are completed for each major
  3. All required method courses are completed for each major.
  4. Separate practicum and inquiry courses are completed for each major as listed below:
    1. ADED 42292 (or the equivalent required by the major outside the college)
    2. ADED 49525 (or the equivalent required by the major outside the college)
  5. Students who have two majors from among the following only need to take one ADED 42357, consisting of a 16-week classroom experience involving both subject areas: Life Sciences, Earth Science, Physical Sciences, Integrated Science, Integrated Mathematics, Life Science/Chemistry, Integrated Social Studies and/or Integrated Language Arts.
  6. Students who have a second major not included in the list above (#5) will have their student teaching requirements determined by faculty from both program areas at the time the program of study is developed, with a minimum 16 weeks spent in the classroom.

Licensure information

Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Students must apply for State of Ohio Licensure (defined by completion of all licensure program requirements) within 12 months of program completion. After 12 months, applicants must meet State approved program/licensure requirements that are in effect at the time of application. This means that students who apply after the 12 month deadline may have to take additional coursework if the content, methods courses, program requirements, or licensure requirements have changed from the catalog in force.

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!GEOL 11040 HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
!GEOL 11041 HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Two
Requirement: pass Praxis Core Reading (156 score), Writing (162 score) and Mathematics (150 score)  
!CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
!EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
GEOL 11042 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester Three
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA by end of term; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
!MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA by end of term; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 21080 ALL ABOUT THE OCEANS (KBS) 3
MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
or BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3
PHIL 11001 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Five
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
!ADED 32142 PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING ADOLESCENTS (WIC) 3
GEOG 31062 FUNDAMENTALS OF METEOROLOGY 3
GEOL 23063 EARTH MATERIALS I 4
ITEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours18
Semester Six
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
!ADED 32277 TEACHING SCIENCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS 3
GEOG 31064 PRINCIPLES OF CLIMATOLOGY 3
GEOG 41073 CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES 3
GEOL 31070
EARTH MATERIALS II
or GEOMORPHOLOGY
4
PHY 13002 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13022 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours18
Semester Seven
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
!ADED 42277 TOPICS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING 3
!ADED 42292 FIELD WORK PRACTICUM (ELR) 3
CI 47330 READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD 3
PHY 21430 FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY (KBS) 3
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; minimum 2.600 major GPA  
!ADED 42357 SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 9
!ADED 49525 INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:134