The earth science education major is designed to provide a basic understanding of subjects that are normally included in a secondary (middle and high school) earth science course: astronomy, environmental science, geology, meteorology/climate science and oceanography.
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.
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.
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 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.
How to apply
For admission to an undergraduate program in the Department of Geosciences, apply through the Office of Admissions at Western Michigan University.
After you have been admitted, schedule an appointment with a program advisor to fill out a major or minor form for official enrollment.