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Earth Science Education

  • A BS in Earth Science Education will prepare you for a rewarding and challenging teaching career, where you will share your passion for our world and our place in the universe. As an educator, you will facilitate student learning and understanding of our solar system's mysterious planets, including Earth, through hands-on field and laboratory study. In the process, you will also shape the lives and minds of young people and perhaps inspire the next generation of future scientists. This degree prepares you for licensure to teach in grades 5-12.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Earth Science Education Degree
    Everyone knows you by name in the Anthropology and Earth Science Department. With upper-level classes averaging 15-20 students, you’ll get the individual attention you deserve as you explore the challenging and exciting world of Earth science.
    Knowledgeable professors who have earned their Ph.D.’s teach all classes for the Earth Science Education major. Faculty members are master teachers, some of whom have elementary or secondary classroom teaching experience, while also being respected scholars in their fields of expertise.
    You’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in local classrooms for more than 100 hours prior to your student teaching experience, so you’ll be exceptionally prepared to lead your own classroom. Fieldwork is also a critical component of the major. You may participate in multiple formal field experiences, including one-day and multi-day field trips to see regional geology, an elective multi-week course, and possibilities for field work as part of research projects carried out with faculty.
    Faculty actively engage with you to gain hands-on experience throughout your academic career. You will enjoy opportunities to participate in an array of field trips, conduct studies at the Regional Science Center, learn how to operate technical GPS equipment, conduct research with faculty mentors and attend local, regional and national conferences.
    MSU Moorhead received a NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant in 2015 with the objective of increasing new STEM teachers prepared to work with diverse students in high needs schools and giving them the resources to do so successfully through innovative coursework, targeted field experiences and mentorship support.
    MSUM’s Center for Geospatial studies has joined the global conversation on how to access, create and share geospatial data to enrich the lives of its community and to involve students in this cutting-edge technology.
    You will work in well-equipped labs, including the experimental petrology, stratigraphy and thin-sectioning, and geophysical laboratories and have the option to receive hands-on training with cutting-edge technology such as GPS equipment, GIS software, high precision GPS receivers, geospatial apps and drones.
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    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    Teach and observe in local classrooms. Tutor. Study abroad. Conduct field research. Be a scientist. Discover your passion in and out of the classroom.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    Science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers are in high demand in today’s workforce.
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