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.
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 gvsu.edu/geology 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
- Face To Face
The program consists of coursework in the geosciences, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Some required courses include:
- Earth history
- Earth science in secondary education
- Weather and climate
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
For More InformationDepartment of Geology
118 Padnos Hall of Science
“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.”
EARTH SCIENCE ALUMNUS
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY