BA/MA Environmental Studies & Earth Science


This is a program leading to a BA in Environmental Studies and an MA in Adolescent Education: Earth Science. This program is designed for highly qualified Environmental Studies (Earth Science concentration, ENV-ES) majors who, during the course of their sophomore year, decide to pursue a career in secondary school teaching. The five-year BA/MA program will ensure that these students receive all of their pedagogical and disciplinary training before entering the classroom to teach.

The program consists of a minimum of 98 credits of coursework in STEM disciplines, Earth Science and Education distributed as follows: 17 – 19 credits in STEM, 42 credits in undergraduate ENV-ES courses, 16 graduate credits in courses with PGEOG or GTECH prefixes, and 23 credits in courses from the School of Education. The ENV-ES credits required, both core and electives emphasize geological systems and atmospheric and oceanic environments.

Students interested in the program should speak to the undergraduate adviser of the Environmental Studies Major housed in the Department of Geography. The BA/MA program requires students to first declare their ENV-ES major and then to apply to the School of Education prior to completing 90 undergraduate credits. For more information and additional requirements, see

Curriculum Guide for the combined major with recommended sequence of courses:

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 • MATH 12500
• CHEM 10200 or BIOL 10000*
PGEOG 13000
• CHEM 10400 or BIOL 10200
• CHEM 10600
GEOL 18000
• Students are encouraged to
complete Calculus I and II
Year 2 GEOG 22600
GEOL 10000
GEOL 10100
ASTRO 10000
GEOL 10200

Year 3

GEOL 28000
PGEOG 25000
• SEDF 70300
GEOL 20500
PGEOG 25100
• SEDF 70400
• SEDC 71000
PGEOG 49000 or PGEOG 49800 (Env. Studies capstone courses)
• SEDC 72000 - Winter
Year 4 • Environmental Studies Earth Sci. Major electives (3-4 credits)
GTECH 70900
• SEDF 70500
• Environmental Studies Earth Sci. Major electives (3-4 credits)
PGEOG 63000
PGEOG 66000
• SEDF 70600
• SEDC 71300 Methods I
PGEOG 70163
Year 5 • SEDC 72400 Methods II • SEDC 75404 student teaching
PGEOG or GTECH elective (Grad - 3 credits)

*BIOL 10000 requires CHEM 10200. In addition students taking BIOL 10000 must take BIOL 10200 to get credit for both courses.

Scheduling of certain courses may vary from one year to the next based on demand, enrollment, or faculty commitment. Students should check the Registrar’s Searchable Schedule of Classes when planning course loads.