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Academic Program Guide

FSU - Teach Environmental Science

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Limited Access: 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. Environmental Science students in the FSU-Teach program will develop environmental science knowledge and the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective science teacher. 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. 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 Environmental Science. Later, students apply for admission into a secondary major within the College of Education called (SSMT) Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching. Upon graduation, students are awarded the B.S. degree with majors in Environmental Science/FSU-Teach and Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching. Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of environmental systems from a scientific perspective. Drawing principally from the areas of oceanography, geology, meteorology, biology and chemistry, the Environmental Science program will prepare students in the broader area of geosciences and is an attractive option for students seeking a broader interdisciplinary major with the rigor of mathematics and the physical sciences at its core.

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

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (32 hours)
The following are common program prerequisites:

MACx311 (4) Calculus I
BSC x010, x010L (3, I) Biological Science I, Lab
CHM x045, x045L (3, 1) General Chemistry 1, Lab
PHY x048C (5) General Physics A with Lab
BSC x011, x011L (3, I) Biological Science Il, Lab
CHM x046,x046L (3, I) General Chemistry II, Lab
GLY x010C (4) Physical Geology with Lab
*SMT 1043: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (Step 1) - I credit-hour
*SMT 1053: Inquiry Based Lesson Design (Step 2)- 1 credit-hour

* Transfer students will be able to take SMT x043, ISC x523C 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 "College Students" section of .


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

Admission/Continuation Requirements to Major Program of Studies:
Students should complete the prerequisite coursework for entrance to the major program of study. Students must also have completed a minimum of 52 hours of credit and at least half the required hours in General education, including required English composition and Math, or an A.A degree, 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 Environmental Science as a junior);
2) completion of 52 hours of General Education or an A.A. 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 Environmental Science 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 these 1-5 above are complete, the student must apply to Education Preparation online at .

Departmental policy on grades and progress 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 Environmental Science.

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: (78-83 hours)

Required Environmental Science and Collateral courses for the major: (54-56 hours)

Environmental Science Core Coursework (23-24 hours)
MET 1010 (3) Introductory Meteorology or MET 3231 (3) Intro to Thermo and Dynamics
OCE 4008 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Science or GLY 3039 (3) Energy, Resources and Environment
GLY 4751c (3) Intro. to Remote Sensing or (if GLY4751 is not available) may substitute GIS 4043 and GIS 4043L (3, 1) Geographic Information Processing & Systems, Lab
ESC3100c (4) History of Earth Systems
AST 1002 (3) Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
EVR 4922 (3) Senior Capstone *meets Upper-level writing requirement*

Collateral Courses: (21-22 hours)
MAC x311 (4) Calculus I
BSC x010, BSC x010L(3, 1) Biological Science I, Lab
CHM x045, CHM x045L {3, 1) General Chemistry I, Lab
PHY x048c (5) General Physics A with Lab or PHY2053c
BSC x011, BSC x011L (3, 1) Biological Science II, Lab
CHM x046,x046L (3, I) General Chemistry II, Lab
*ISC 3523c (3) Research Methods
GLY 2010C (4) Physical Geology

* ISC3525c counts for both Environmental Science requirements and Education requirements.

Required courses for the Education major: (29-32 hours; 26-29 hours beyond the Environmental Science requirements)
SMT 1043 (1) Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT 1053 (I) Inquiry Based Lesson Design
SMT 3100(3) Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics
SMT 4301: (3) Classroom Interactions
**ISC 3402: (3) Historical, Social, and Critical Perspectives of Disciplinary Engagement in STEM (counts for General Education)
**ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods*
SMT 4664: (3) Project Based Instruction (counts for oral competency)
RED 4335: (3) Teaching Reading in the Content Area
***TSL 4324: (3) ESOL in the Content Area
SMT 4945: (5) Apprentice Teaching (student teaching internship) 6 credits
SMT 4930 (1-4): Seminar - variable credit

*ISC 3402 is an Upper Division writing course.

**ISC 3523C Research Methods counts for both Environmental Science requirements and Education requirements.

***TSL 4324 is a Formative Experience Course

Digital Literacy:
This requirement is met by ISC 3523C Research Methods for this major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond other requirements)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. SMT 4664 will meets this requirement for this major.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required - 120
General Education - 36 (including 6 hours of math, 7 hours of science and 3 hours of HJS 3505, all of which are
included in the coursework for the majors, 20 hours beyond Requirements for the majors) *
Prerequisites - All prerequisite coursework is included in major/collateral totals
BS Major Coursework - 54-56
BS Collateral prerequisites - 31-32 *
Minor Coursework - 0 beyond other requirements
Foreign Language - 12 (depending on placement)
Elective hours to bring total hours to 120
Digital Literacy - 0 beyond major (included in science and education coursework)
Oral Communication Competency - 0 beyond major (included in education coursework)

*Note: Some coursework required for this major (prerequisite/collateral/major) may also be applied to General Education requirements or minor 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, 3 0 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.

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: High school or middle school science teacher, environmental technician, geoscientist, environmental scientist, hydrologist, general physical scientist, and oceanographer. Some positions may require additional education or training.

Representative Employers: Federal, state, and local governments; NGOs; private employers.

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