Jul 07, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geological Sciences, Adolescence Education: Earth Science and General Science, B.A.


The Bachelor of Arts program can be planned so that the requirements for New York State initial certification can be met.

NSTA Adolescence Science Program Learning Outcomes


  1. Content Knowledge:  Effective teachers of science understand and articulate the knowledge and practices of contemporary science. They interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas, and applications in their fields of licensure.
  2. Content Pedagogy:  Effective teachers of science understand how students learn and develop scientific knowledge. Preservice teachers use scientific inquiry to develop this knowledge for all students.
  3. Learning Environments:  Effective teachers of science are able to plan for engaging all students in science learning by setting appropriate goals that are consistent with knowledge of how students learn science and are aligned with state and national standards. The plans reflect the nature and social context of science, inquiry, and appropriate safety considerations. Candidates design and select learning activities, instructional settings, and resources–including science-specific technology, to achieve those goals; and they plan fair and equitable assessment strategies to evaluate if the learning goals are met.
  4. Safety:  Effective teachers of science can, in a P-12 classroom setting, demonstrate and maintain chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
  5. Impact on Student Learning:  Effective teachers of science provide evidence to show that P-12 students’ understanding of major science concepts, principles, theories, and laws have changed as a result of instruction by the candidate and that student knowledge is at a level of understanding beyond memorization. Candidates provide evidence for the diversity of students they teach.
  6. Professional Knowledge and Skills:  Effective teachers of science strive continuously to improve their knowledge and understanding of the ever changing knowledge base of both content, and science pedagogy, including approaches for addressing inequities and inclusion for all students in science. They identify with and conduct themselves as part of the science education community.

Outline/Advising Guide


First Year


Second Year


Fall (16 Credit Hours)


Third Year


Fourth Year


Spring (12 Credit Hours)


  • Credit(s): 3
  • GSCI 300-level Elective Credit(s): 3

  • GSCI 300-level Elective Credit(s): 3

  • F/ Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 123


Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.