Subject Matter Program (Geosciences)
Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 70
The subject matter program provides the minimum preparation for geology majors interested in pursuing the single subject teaching credential in the sciences with a concentration in the geosciences. This program meets the standards for academic preparation set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and qualifies students to teach all four of the natural sciences and the geosciences at the high school level.
- Credential candidates who complete this subject matter program in the sciences will have gained the confidence and ability to do science. They will understand that science is not just a collection of facts to be memorized but a creative and dynamic process which when applied can lead to understanding and appreciation of the natural world. This attitude will be reflected in their classrooms and will make them good models for pre-college students.
- Science majors who intend to pursue a teaching credential should see a faculty advisor or the department chair in the department of their academic major. It is recommended that they do so early as it is critical that their science coursework be carefully planned and coordinated with the professional teacher preparation program. In addition, students are encouraged to become involved with education related activities like grading, assisting in labs, tutoring K-12 students, visiting schools, and actually teaching; all experiences that can be arranged through your advisor and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education.
Minimum Grade Requirement
A grade of at least a "C-" and an overall GPA of 2.7 in all courses in the Science Subject Matter Program are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
It is recommended that all coursework for the Subject Matter Program be completed before starting the Teacher Education Program. At least 15 units of the coursework or equivalent work experience must be current, i.e., completed within the past six years.
It is also possible to obtain admission to the Professional Education Program by passing a series of subject-matter examinations specified by the CTC in lieu of this Science Subject Matter Program. For information about this option contact the Teacher Preparation Program Office, Eureka Hall 216, (916) 278-6403).
Notes: Due to policy changes from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the federal No Child Left Behind mandate, the Science Subject Matter program was under review at the time of this catalog printing and is subject to revision. As a result, it is important to consult a credential advisor for current details.
Attendance at 16 colloquia, verified by faculty signature, is required.
|Required Lower Division Core Courses (35 Units)|
|ASTR 4B||Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology||3|
|BIO 10||Basic Biological Concepts||3|
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|GEOL 10||Physical Geology||3|
|GEOL 10L||Physical Geology Lab||1|
|GEOL 12||Historical Geology||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences|
|PHYS 5A||General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound||4|
|PHYS 5B||General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics||4|
|Upper Division Courses (33 Units)|
|GEOL 102||Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology||4|
|GEOL 110A||Structural Geology and Tectonics||4|
|GEOL 111A||Field Geology||2|
|GEOL 111B||Field Techniques||2|
|GEOL 112||Geophysics For Geologists||3|
|Select one of the following electives:||3|
|Geology of California|
|Geology and the Environment |
|Select 3 units from an applied geology elective||3|