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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Science, B.S. Secondary Education Track

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Advisement for the major is available from the Geography and Geosciences  Department

Earth Science, B.S. Secondary Education Track Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

Earth science majors seeking certification for teaching in secondary school must meet additional requirements in education. Students pursuing secondary teaching certification should contact the Secondary and Physical Education  Department for advisement early in their program.

  • Note: Students may repeat each education course only once.

  • All courses applied to the major must be completed with grades of C or better.

  • The Geography and Geosciences  Department recommends that the lower-division core courses (GEOG 201 , GEOG 204 , GEOG 219  and GEOL 103 ) be completed prior to GEOG 414 .

  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours with grades of C or better in geology/geography at Salisbury University, at least 12 semester hours of which must be at the 300/400 level.

  • Program requires 127-134 credit hours.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IIIB (Social Science), IVA (Lab Science), IVB (Non Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics)

Track Requirements (3 Courses)

Complete at Least 3 from the Following:

* Course has a prerequisite of GEOG 111  

Additional Science Requirements (2 Courses)

Education Requirements

Pre-Professional Education Requirements

Foundations (With Grades of C or Better)

Competency Tests

Show satisfactory results on Praxis Core, SAT or ACT examinations as defined by the Maryland State Department of Education (see education advisor regarding passing scores) OR have a minimum cumulative SU GPA of 3.0.*

*Note: Students who enter the professional teaching program with a 3.0 GPA in lieu of basic skills test scores must also graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to obtain their teacher certification in Maryland. See education advisor for approval to take this option.  

Lab Safety

Successful completion of an approved lab safety certification program. See education advisory regarding approved courses

Professional Program Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in professional education program courses, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an application for formal admission to the professional program. Obtain written approval of the application from both content and education advisors.
  • Complete a minimum of 56 college credits with a minimum of 2.50 GPA, including transfer credits.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, including transfer credits.
  • Complete all pre-professional requirements.
  • Complete four courses in the major field.

Professional Education Requirements

Methods (With Grades of C or Better)

Internship and Seminar - 14 Hours

Candidates must meet the following requirements for internship:

  • Complete the written application for internship.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits including methods and at least 8 courses of the academic major (secondary and K-12 programs).
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 including transfer credit.
  • Have a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 in the academic major courses, including transfer credit, as defined by the academic department.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses with no grade below C. Students may repeat education courses only once.
  • Obtain verification of completion of requirements from the coordinator of clinical practice.

Complete the following courses:

Graduation Requirement

Official scores on all certification examinations required by the State of Maryland must be sent from the testing company to Salisbury University as a requirement for graduation. Scores on the edTPA must be among those sent to the University before graduation. 

Praxis II and edTPA (must be taken before graduation)

  • Praxis II Content Knowledge (date):

  • edTPA (date):

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