North Carolina has a shortage of earth science teachers as well as a shortage of comprehensive science teachers. Since geology is an earth science, the teaching job prospects with the Geology (BS) - Earth/Environmental Science, Secondary Education degree are high. Based on the reputation of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and Appalachian’s Reich College of Education teacher preparation program, students majoring in often find they can work at the school of their choice.
As with other Geology degrees from Appalachian, study in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences prepares you to understand diverse topics such as evolution and plate tectonics, sedimentation and sea-level change, water resources and groundwater contamination, and much more. Appalachian Geology graduates have the field skills, core geologic knowledge and credentials to obtain a Professional Geologist license (PG), an essential certification for many jobs in the field of geology, especially those in the environmental industry.
Employment: Most graduates go straight into teaching at schools in North Carolina and beyond.
In addition to a 28-hour geology core plus courses in chemistry and physics, key education courses include:
- Teaching Science in the Middle and High Schools
- The Meaning & Nature of Science
- Introductory Astronomy I - The Solar System
- Introductory Astronomy II - Stars and Galaxies
- Biological Concepts I
- Weather and Climate
- Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
A minor is optional.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Appalachian Geological Society – a student group devoted to appreciating and preserving earth’s environment, history and natural wonders; is actively involved in community service, university events, and geological excursions.
- A seminar series every Friday, which attracts an average of 80 students
- Frequent field trips
- Summer research with faculty
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- Appalachian’s location is a perfect setting for studying geology, so you’ll benefit from field trips and local resources.
- The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences does not offer a graduate program, so faculty members focus entirely on high quality instruction and research opportunities for undergraduates.
- Many of our students have presented their research at professional meetings and/or published research in peer-reviewed journals. As a student, you will have access to facilities and equipment that other institutions typically reserve for graduate students.
- There are many opportunities for research/creative projects and internships. All faculty have one or more students working with them on research projects.
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