Skip to main content

This is your Donation message.

Academic Program Guide


FSU Teach Applied Geosciences


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Tim McGann
Address: 424 Love Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-8580
Email:
Contact: Dr. Robin R. Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 645-8927
Email:


Description of Major
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 courses. Work study positions with scientists, mathematicians and local schools are available. For more information, see our Web site, http://fsu-teach.fsu.edu/ .

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 and SSMT.

Prospective transfer students should contact as-admissions@fsu.edu (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. All of the following may also apply toward major and/or General Education requirements.

GLY 2010C (4) Physical Geology
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
PHY X048C (4-5) General Physics A (5 hours at FSU)
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
* 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 http://www.flvc.org .


Requirements

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 18 hours of General Education requiremnets or an AA degree;
3) satisfactory completion of “Step 1” and “Step 2” courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50;
5) completion of all of the common prerequisite courses for the major; and
6) a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test. Once these are complete, the student must apply to ‘Educator Preparation’ online at http://explorefsucoe.com/admissions .

Departmental Policy on Grades and Continuation in the Major
Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all required courses numbered 2000 or higher. A student who has received more than five unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, D+) in courses required for the major (chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology, meteorology, and oceanography) at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether repeated or not, will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in Geosciences.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (84 hours)

Geosciences Coursework (54-55 hours)
AST 1002 (3) Planets, Stars and Galaxies
GLY 2100 (3) Historical Geology
One lab selected from AST 1002L (1) Intro. Astronomy Lab or GLY 2100L (1) Historical Geology Lab
GLY 4820 (3) Principles of Hydrology
GEO 2200C (3) Physical Geography
MET 1010L (1) Introduction to Atmosphere Lab
MET 2507C (2) Weather Analysis and Forecasting
MET 2700 (3) General Meteorology
OCE 4008 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Studies or GLY 3039 (3) Energy, Resources, and the Environment

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)
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
*HIS 3505 (3) Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
RED 4335 (3) Content Area Reading for Secondary School Teachers
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area

*HIS 3505 fulfills a Liberal Studies requirement in History.

Computer Skills Competency: 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)
Computer Skills 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
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 www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
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: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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.


View FSU Teach Applied Geosciences Academic Map