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Academic Program Guide

FSU - Teach Applied Geosciences

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: EOAS Advising Center
Address: EOAS Building
Phone: (850) 644-6205
Contact: Dr. Robin R. Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4482
Phone: (850) 645-8927

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

FSU-Teach is an innovative approach to teacher education that involves collaboration between scientists, mathematicians and education faculty at Florida State University. Applied Geosciences students in the FSU-Teach program will develop deep earth science knowledge and the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective science teacher. Earth science coursework will include coursework in meteorology, geology, oceanography, hydrology, and astronomy. The program will pay for tuition for the first two Education/Teaching prerequisite courses. Work study positions with scientists, mathematicians and local schools are available. For more information, see our Web site, .

This is a double-major only program. FSU-Teach majors are first admitted into their primary, discipline-specific major and must meet the state-wide common program prerequisites for that major, in this case Applied Geosciences. Later, students apply for admission into a secondary major within the College of Education called Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching (SSMT). Upon graduation, students are awarded the B.S. degree with majors in Applied Geosciences/FSU-Teach and SSMT.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework
The following are the state-wide common prerequisites. Those in BOLD are the required prerequisites that students must complete for admission into this major at FSU in preparation for the upper division major. Those in ITALIC are strongly encouraged to be taken. Students are should complete these in the freshman and sophomore years.

All of the following may also apply toward major and/or General Education requirements.

MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
PHY X048C (4-5) General Physics A (5 hours at FSU) or PHY2053C (4) College Physics A
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods

GLY 2010C (4) Physical Geology
* SMT X043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
* SMT X053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

* Transfer students will be able to take SMT X043 and SMT X053 while enrolled at FSU.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Progress in this major and formal admission to FSU-Teach and Teacher Education.
FSU native and transfer students will progress to upper-division (junior) status in the College of Arts and Sciences in the same manner as other Applied Geosciences majors: an AA degree or 52 earned credits (including at least half of the General Education requirements, to include the English composition and mathematics), at least a 2.50 GPA, and completion of appropriate milestones.

To be recognized as “formally admitted” into this major, students must meet the following requirements:
1) certification to upper division (or transfer admission into Applied Geosciences as a junior);
2) completion of 52 hours of General Education requirements or an AA degree;
3) satisfactory completion of “Step 1” and “Step 2” prerequisite courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50;
5) completion of all of the common prerequisite courses for the major.

It is strongly suggested that students take and earn a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test before applying to Educator Preparation. Otherwise, once 1-5 above are complete, the student must apply to ‘Educator Preparation’ online at

Departmental Policy on Grades and Continuation in the Major
All State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones must be completed with a “C” range (C minus, C, or C+) grade or better. Students earning less than the necessary grade in any of these courses will be required to retake those courses until the standard is met. No required course in which a student has earned a grade below C minus may be applied toward the degree in Applied Geoscience.

A student who has received more than three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, D+) in science, statistics, or mathematics courses (and their prerequisites), taken after enrolling at Florida State University, including repeated unsatisfactory grades in the same course, (excluding State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones) will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in this major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU (84 hours)

Geosciences Coursework: (54-55 hours)
AST 1002 (3) Planets, Stars and Galaxies
ESC 3100c (4) History of Earth Systems
GLY 4820 (3) Principles of Hydrology
GEO 2200C (3) Physical Geography
MET 1010L (1) Introduction to Atmosphere Lab
MET 3231 (3) Intro to Thermo and Dynamics
OCE 4008 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Studies or GLY 3039 (3) Energy, Resources, and the Environment
EVR 4922 (4) Capstone

Collateral Coursework: (26 hours)
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and Lab
GLY 2010C (4) Physical Geology
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A (with lab) or PHY 2053c (5) College Physics A (with lab)
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytical Geometry I

Required courses for the Education major: (29 hours)
SMT 1043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT 1053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
SMT 3100 (3) Knowing and Learning
SMT 4310 (3) Classroom Interactions
SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction
SMT 4945 (6) Apprentice Teaching and SMT 4930 AT Seminar
*ISC 3402 (3) Historical, Social, and Critical Perspectives of Disciplinary Engagement in STEM
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
RED 4335 (3) Content Area Reading for Secondary School Teachers
**TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area

*ISC 3402 is an Upper Division Writing course.

**TSL 4324 is a Formative Experience Course

Digital Literacy:
This is fulfilled by ISC 3523C for this major.

Oral Communication Competency:
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. SMT 4664 will satisfy this requirement for this major.

Minimum Program Requirements - ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0 beyond other requirements*
Major Coursework 84 hours
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 0 credits beyond other requirements
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Prerequisite coursework may also be used to satisfy General Education and major requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Middle school or high school teacher. In addition, students may pursue careers appropriate for those with a strong background in science and math.

Representative Employers: Public and private schools, research facilities, government agencies; private industry.

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