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Studying Earth Science Teaching at Weber State

Weber State’s earth science teaching major offers students with a passion for geosciences and teaching the tools to become middle school or junior high school educators. The degree provides the foundational knowledge and integrates practical teaching experience in the classroom to develop effective teachers. Students graduate with a teaching license and Earth Science endorsement and can begin their careers immediately following graduation.

Earth Science Teaching Highlights

Dive into the Earth Sciences with opportunities to engage in active learning in the classroom, lab and outdoor field environments. Learn effective teaching practices and strategies to implement in the classroom based on current research. Gain practical experience in the classroom while supervised by active licensed teachers. Conduct an undergraduate geoscience research project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Participate in the Geology, Applied Environmental Geosciences, or the Sigma Gamma Epsilon (a geology honor society) clubs to connect with EST and other EES majors while exploring Utah’s local geology.

The overall job placement rate for WSU Earth Science Teaching graduates since 2003 is almost 100%.

Beyond the Classroom

Students gain teaching experience by being placed in a classroom with a science teacher for a semester where they have the opportunity to teach, observe and assist in the classroom. Students also conduct an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member which gives them the opportunity to see science in action through field and lab work, data analysis and communication of their results.

What You’ll LEARN at Weber

Earth science teaching majors learn geoscience concepts and classroom-management skills that prepare you to become passionate and effective science teachers.

You’ll also learn subjects like environmental geosciences, physical geology, meteorology, historical geology, oceanography and geomorphology.

What You CAN DO After Weber

Career prospects are very strong, because highly qualified science and math teachers are in demand. Graduates are typically offered positions in middle schools or junior high schools, where they may teach seventh- and eighth-grade integrated science or ninth-grade earth science.

Upon graduation, you’ll also be prepared for Weber State’s Master of Education program or graduate studies in geosciences or related fields. If you have questions, contact a WSU Career Advisor.

Faculty Perspective


This major is designed to provide aspiring secondary science teachers foundational knowledge in the Earth Sciences... while promoting the development of scientific research, communication, and teaching skill sets to prepare the next generation of teachers.

Caitlin Tems