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Geological Sciences BA/Earth Sciences Adolescence Education EdM - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 19.14 GEOLOGY, CIP: 40.0601 Geology/Earth Science, General)

Department of Geology

126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3050

Beata Csatho

Jason Briner
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Learning and Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Louise Lalli
Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Geological Sciences BA/Earth Sciences Adolescence Education EdM Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 in all undergraduate courses and a minimum of 3.000 in all graduate courses are required for the major. 

Transfer Credit Policy

The Department of Geological Sciences has articulation agreements with several colleges in the region. Students should consult with the advisement office at their present college for more details. To request a transfer of credit for a geology course not listed at either advisement office, submit a request to the director of undergraduate studies along with a course description from the college catalog and a course syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Required Courses

Prerequisite and Required Undergraduate Courses:

CEP 400 Educational Psychology
CHE 101/CHE 113 General Chemistry
ELP 405 Sociology of Education
GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change; Past, Present and Future Laboratory
GLY 205 Earth Materials
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques and Communication
GLY 308 Introduction to Geochemistry
GLY 312 Surface Process and Hydrology
GLY 315 Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structure/Global Tectonics
GLY 400-Level Elective
LAI 350 Introduction to Education
LAI 414 Adolescent Writing across Curriculum
LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Application 1
PHY 101 College Physics 1
PHY 151 College Physics Lab 1
4 credits undergraduate-level elective

NYS Education Department requires students in teacher preparation programs meet the following requirements. Students are encouraged to meet these requirements via the Pathways* UB Curriculum requirements.

  • One three-credit course in a foreign language
  • One three-credit course in arts/artistic expression (UB Area Arts*)
  • One three-credit course in Historical and Social Sciences (UB Area Social Science or Civilization and History*)
  • One three-credit course in Humanities (UB Area Humanities*)

Required Graduate Courses in Geology (12 credits)
Students choose from a variety of Geology offerings at the 5xx level

Required Graduate Course in Education (39 credits):
LAI 531 Science Curricula; Current Approaches
LAI 533 Science Instruction Topics
LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation in Science Instruction
LAI 552 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Methods
LAI 595 Supervised Teaching 2
LAI 603 Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents
LAI 619 Teaching Science in Grades 5-12
LAI 667 Field Experience
LAI 668 Supervised Teaching 1
LAI 674 Seminar in Teaching
LAI 698 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools
LAI 700 Capstone

Departmental Honors Requirements

Requirements for an Honors in Geological Sciences distinction include maintenance of a 3.250 GPA, two consecutive semesters of independent study, and final approval of a senior research experience that will conclude with a capstone product, as well as the usual departmental BS degree requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Geological Sciences BA/Earth Sciences Adolescence Education EdM degrees
Undergraduate Credits Required96
Graduate Credits Required
Total Credits Required for Degree148

* Students in accelerated programs are exempt from 120 credit minimum for a Bachelor’s degree.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 11, 2020 15:55:42