Aug 14, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geoscience - Earth Science (Teaching) (ESCT) - BT Major

98-105 S.H. (no minor required)

2.50 GPA required.

C grade or better required in GEOS 235 and above.

The Geoscience Department, in cooperation with other science departments and the College of Education, has developed a Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT)-approved program which meets the BOT licensure requirements in place at the time the catalog went to press.  Students should be aware that the program described below may change significantly in the near future, as the BOT considers changes to the Science Licensure programs; therefore, students should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that they will be able to graduate with a BOT-approved degree.  Completion of the program outlined below will enable the student to apply for a license to teach grades 9-12 Earth & Space Science Specialty and grades 5-8 General Science Specialty.

Earth Talks Speaker Series (6 Times)

Enrollment with a passing (P grade) required 6x prior to graduation unless excused by the department chairperson. Course is required each semester any other GEOS major course is taken.

Additional Required Courses (30-32 S.H.)

Biology – BIOL (8 S.H.)

Mathematics - MATH (6-8 S.H.)

Choose one grouping of courses:

Physics – PHYS (4 S.H.)

Teacher Education Licensure Program Information

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. This process is competitive; the number of students admitted each semester is limited. Admission is based on grades (2.75 GPA), passing Basic Skills Exams and other measures. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.

All Winona State University Teacher Education Licensure Programs  are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program.

Professional Education Sequence (36 S.H.)

Note: Teacher education majors must complete all Professional Education Sequence courses in addition to content area courses. Refer to Teacher Education Licensure Programs  for more information.


  • EDFD 401 and 461 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 421 and 441 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 459 and 462 must be taken concurrently

Other Requirements

In addition to the above course requirements, all students must demonstrate that they have:

  1. Participated in two outreach events (e.g., judged a local, regional, or state science fair, mentored K-12 students on their science fair projects, hosted a geoscience visit by a K-12 class).
  2. Worked as a departmental teaching assistant or peer tutor in geoscience.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

= Civic Engagement and Service Learning