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Earth Science, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in earth science prepares students to teach in the secondary grades. Michigan teacher certification also requires completion of the College of Education and Community Innovation professional program and a minor area of study.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.
Secondary education minor offered.

Program Overview

The program provides a broad and rigorous curriculum, including field, laboratory, and classroom experiences with an emphasis on inquiry instruction to best prepare students to be effective teachers.

A minor is also offered. Visit for details.

Why Study Earth Science at Grand Valley?

  • Students are immersed in a community of accomplished faculty members and engaged students, complemented by invaluable learning experiences outside the classroom.
  • Students often conduct field studies and educational research where they can apply their earth science knowledge in real-world situations.
  • Individually mentored educational, curriculum, or geologic research opportunities are available to undergraduate students.
  • Students routinely attend and/or present their work at national, state, or regional professional meetings.
  • Student-run clubs meet regularly and organize events, including speakers and field experiences that build networking, industry knowledge, and real-world experiences.

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The program consists of coursework in the geosciences, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Some required courses include:

  • Astronomy
  • Earth history
  • Earth science in secondary education
  • Geomorphology
  • Oceanography
  • Weather and climate
  • Mineral/petrology

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Geology
118 Padnos Hall of Science
(616) 331-3728

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The Earth science program is not only the most comprehensive program of study I've participated in, but also the most well-rounded. I came into the program knowing very little about Earth science, but due to the active, hands-on, and engaging nature of the program, I emerged from the program as a person ready to enlighten others in the field.”