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Earth Science Composite Teaching

College of Mines and Earth Sciences


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  • Join GeoClub and get involved with the annual Open House, the weekly Distinguished Lecture Series, or sit on the department outreach committee (email: gg-info@lists.utah.edu).

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Transformation

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Impact

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  • Teach community members about your interests at the annual Open House (watch for emails from your advisor).
  • Share your research or experiences in the department newsletter (email advisor).

Careers

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  • Start building your resume with your Career Coach.
  • Activate and customize your Handshake account to find jobs, internships, and career events.

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  • Apply for jobs or graduate schools at least six months before graduation (see your advisor for details).
  • Meet with a Career Coach to practice interview conversations.

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About the Major

If you want to expand your understanding of our planet and learn how to effectively share your knowledge with others, the University of Utah’s Earth Science Teaching Composite (ESTC) major is a great fit for you! Earth Science is a group of scientific areas involving the study of earth and other planets through geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Earth Scientists apply the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology to understand the composition, structure, and history of the Earth and the processes that govern them.

In addition to taking foundational courses in math, chemistry, physics, and biology, the ESTC major allows you to engage in earth challenges in areas such as climate, natural disasters, preservation, and sustainability. You are also encouraged to take advantage of Utah’s unique features for an immersive educational experience. Utah is one of the very few states that can boast of having rocks of every geologic period exposed, extending our state’s history back beyond two billion years into the past. Every major rock type, fossil group, precious metal, economic metal, fossil fuel, and type of geologic structure and landform can be found in our state. Our five national parks and seven national monuments attract more than three million visitors per year to enjoy and appreciate the world-class geology in our state.

The Earth Science Composite Teaching major meets state requirements for Earth Science, Integrated Science, and Physical Science teaching endorsements. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to teach Earth Science, Physical Science and Integrated Science. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to build upon the curricula described by the Utah State Office of Education for the above programs. It provides students with the knowledge of math, chemistry, physics, and biology required to understand the earth sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to pass the Level I Praxis Exam
  • Understand the nature and origin of the materials that make up the Earth and the dynamic processes that operate within it from its deep interior to the surface.
  • Understand the geologic evolution of the Earth and the development and evolution of life on Earth.
  • Demonstrate skills for student learning and classroom management.
  • Understand teaching professionalism and ethical responsibility.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and embrace the need to do so.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 4/12/22