The earth science education major in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is designed to provide a basic understanding of subjects that are normally included in a secondary (middle and high school) earth science course:
- Environmental science
- Meteorology/climate science
This program is designed to lead to the DH (Earth/Space Science) Michigan teaching endorsement area. Teachers who hold this endorsement can teach the following subjects in grades 6-12: astronomy, earth/space science, environmental science, geology, limnology, meteorology, mineralogy, oceanography and weather.
In Michigan, over 350 schools currently offer or plan to offer earth science courses. Earth/space science is most commonly taught as a stand-alone course in 8th or 9th grade, both in Michigan and in other states. Subject-specific courses may be offered as high school electives.
As a student in this program, you are required to have a second major or minor in a teachable content area. We strongly recommend choosing your second major or minor from the following areas: integrated science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or geography education.
The College of Education and Human Development offers a two-tiered advising system for secondary education students with teaching majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students receive:
- Major-specific advising through the faculty or staff expertise within the department. Dr. Duane Hampton is the faculty advisor for the earth science education major.
- General advising regarding University and general education requirements as well as pre-professional advising through the College of Education and Human Development undergraduate advising office.
It is important to meet regularly with both a departmental and college advisor to ensure you have met all requirements for graduation.