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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in this catalog.

Requirements for a Major in Earth Science

The earth science B.S. is designed for students who want to pursue a career in secondary education. The major can also serve as a pathway to other careers. Michigan teacher certification requires completion of the College of Education and Community Innovation professional program and a minor area of study. The geology department strongly recommends students in this major complete a biology minor. Earth science majors with a biology minor can earn a science (DI) endorsement with an additional nine credits coursework. Students are encouraged to visit their advisor to design the best possible curricular track. A minimum of 2.7 GPA in the major is required for recommendation for teacher certification. Completion of a major in earth science requires the following.

1. Degree Requirements

General university degree requirements must be met as identified in the General Academic Regulations section of the Grand Valley State University Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog.

2. Geology Courses

Includes 33 semester credit hours of geology courses with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

3. Cognate Science Courses

Includes 23 semester credit hours of science cognate courses with a minimum overall GPA of C (2.0).

Suggested Order of Coursework

The CLAS Academic Advising Center has earth science curriculum guides for the major.

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