The BA degree is designed for students preparing to incorporate geosciences into broader careers such as teaching, educational outreach, resource management, environmental planning, business, or law. The BA degree may be an appropriate prerequisite for some graduate programs, but a BS is recommended for students who anticipate pursuing a graduate degree or career in the geological sciences.
The BA in Geology pairs will with minors or double majors in communication, computer science, energy studies, environmental studies, museum studies (anthropology), science education K-8, and any other study that requires fundamental scientific skills with an emphasis on communication.
This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in Earth science teaching at the high school, middle, or junior high levels. Students who seek a teaching endorsement are required to complete the Professional Education Program (PEP) requirements offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum. Students completing this program are required to demonstrate proficiency of student learning outcomes through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. In addition to the above requirements, students must pass the WEST-E exam for Earth science to receive an Earth science endorsement and must take SCED 301, SCED 324. SCED 325, and SCED 487 to meet Science Teaching Program competencies (these courses substitute for EFC 350 and EFC 416 in the PEP).
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)