Earth Sciences, BA

Arts, Sciences, & Education

Campus:Modesto Maidique Campus

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Program Description

The Bachelors of Arts in Earth Sciences provides Earth Science background for those who intend to enter non-science fields, such as public administration, law, and especially teaching. The major in Earth Science Education leads to teacher certification within the State of Florida, including 6 credits of student teaching in the senior year. Knowledge of Earth Sciences is essential for understanding problems of climate change, groundwater supply, weather and environmental hazards, geotechnical engineering, and natural resource management. Students have the opportunity to work in well-equipped Earth Science laboratories and to learn the major techniques used in the Earth Sciences, including meteorology, hydrogeology, oceanography and geology.

Admission Requirements

1. Students entering FIU as Freshmen or as a Transfer Student with less than 60 credits

You are considered a freshman when you have earned less than 13 college credits since your high school graduation. Credits earned in Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs do not affect your freshman status.

You must meet the general FIU criteria for students entering with fewer than 60 approved credits. Click here for the details.

In addition, Secondary education majors are limited access majors with specific requirements established by the Florida Department of Education. These requirements must be met before a student can be fully admitted into the secondary education major. Until requirements are met, you will be coded in the department where the secondary education major is housed. Example: Physics Education will be coded as a Physics major.

2. Students transferring to FIU with 60 or more earned, approved credits

Education majors resulting in teacher certification have specific requirements for admission at the upper division level. In addition to the general FIU Transfer Admissions criteria for students with 60 credits or more, the following criteria must be met:

o Earned a 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale) or better GPA in lower-division coursework

o Completed University Core/General Education

o Completed major-specific lower division common pre-requisites

o Earned a passing score on all sections (including the essay section) of the Florida Teacher Certification General Knowledge Exam

If you meet general FIU Admissions criteria for a Transfer Students with 60 credits or more, but do not meet the above criteria for admission to a teacher certification program you will be housed in the department where the secondary education major is housed until requirements are met. Example: Physics Education will be coded as a Physics major.

Career Opportunities

Related Occupations:

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages & Employment Trends for Natural Sciences Managers:

Florida Median income $100,300
Florida rate of growth +13%
National Median wages$115,700
National Projected growth+6%

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Contact Information

For Advising:
CASE Center for Advising & Student Success
MMC: OE 163 or ZEB 210/ 305.348.2978
BBC: AC1 300 / 305.919.5859