Earth & Space Science with Teaching, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Science with Teaching.

The B.S. with Teaching in Earth & Space Science is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" secondary education teacher-training program. The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in Earth & Space Science, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors. In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with:

  1. a B.S. with Teaching degree
  2. meet GPA and testing requirements of the state of Pennsylvania.

Students will be scheduled once each semester to meet with the TUteach advisor to insure that students have knowledge of academic programming, internships opportunities, and testing options that include test preparation. The state of Pennsylvania has specific candidacy requirements. The TUteach advisor will also help the students complete and submit the candidacy documents. All students joining the program in their freshman year must complete the PAPA examination or acquire the PAPA waiver within their first 72 credits. Transfer students, from within Temple and those from other institutions, will build a tailored program with the academic and testing benchmarks structured for efficient degree completion with the TUteach advisor. Finally, students are encouraged to complete the appropriate PRAXIS II examination prior to student teaching.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6390 or 215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Mr. George Mehler, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
628 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-4074
george.mehler@temple.edu

Mr. Kenneth Ruff, TUteach Advisor
College of Science and Technology
656 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-3628
kruff@temple.edu

Dr. Nicholas Davatzes, Chair
Beury Hall, Room 307
215-204-2319
davatzes@temple.edu

Dr. Ilya Buynevich, Content Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 313
215-204-3635
coast@temple.edu

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)
      Process Geomorphology (F)
      Vertebrate Paleontology and Taphonomy (Fall of odd years)
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (85-86 s.h.)1
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 5 EES courses and 3 Education courses must be completed at Temple. Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to increase training and field work experience by enrolling in SCTC 1385, SCTC 2385, or SCTC 2389. Students will also benefit from directed laboratory projects offered through SCTC 3185. These courses are offered every semester.
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
    EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)4
    EES 3091Research Methods (S)3
    5 Earth & Environmental Science electives numbered 2002 or above20
    Mathematics
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    Physics
    PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Science/Math Foundation courses
    Select two of the following:7-8
    Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Probability and Statistics
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II
    College of Science & Technology
    SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
    SCTC 3312Coding STEM Lessons 21
    Education
    EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions (S)3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction (F)3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-123
    SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
    History of Science
    Total Credit Hours85-86
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

CALCULATION OF MAJOR GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include CHEM 1027, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Earth & Space Science with Teaching, students must:

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the major.

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better in the content area courses required for the major.

  • Achieve a 3.90 GPA in the following courses:

SCES 2189Classroom Interactions3
or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction3
or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Earth & Space Science with Teaching

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
EES 2001Physical Geology4
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits10
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 2
Fall
EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere [WI] (S)14
Science Foundation Elective (see approved list)3-4
SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 [WI]3
General Education/Elective Credits6-5
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective24
PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy (F)3
Science Foundation Elective (see approved list)4
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective24
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective24
EES 3091Research Methods (S)3
Select one of the following:3
Classroom Interactions (S) 
Science and Mathematics in the Classroom 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective24
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective24
Select one of the following:3
Project-Based Instruction (F) 
Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments 
SCTC 3312Coding STEM Lessons31
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours: 124
(F) - Fall only course.
(S) - Spring only course.