Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Master of Science in Secondary Education (EAS-BSMSED)Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


In an effort to address the shortage of Indiana high school teachers in certain subjects, the College, in conjunction with the IU School of Education, offers an accelerated five-year program in which students can obtain a B.S. in Earth Science and an M.S. in Secondary Education and also complete all requirements for State licensure in Secondary Education. Under this program, students complete all of the coursework required for the major portion of the B.S. in Earth Science by their eighth semester at IU. Continuing in the summer after their fourth year and then in a fifth year of study, students complete all of the requirements for the M.S. in Secondary Education with licensure. Students considering this program should seek advising from both the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Education. Also, students are advised to check on the effect that the transition to graduate status may have on existing undergraduate funding. The two degrees (B.S. in Earth Science and M.S. in Secondary Education) are awarded simultaneously.

Program requirements

  1. Transition to Teaching. Students must apply and earn admittance to the School of Education's Secondary Transition to Teaching and the Master of Science in Education programs during the fall semester of their senior year. After they have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours in the College of Arts and Sciences and satisfied the College's CASE requirements as well as those for the major component of the B.S. in Earth Science, students may apply up to 30 credit hours earned in the School of Education as College electives.
  2. Student Teaching. The requirements for the B.S. in Earth Science must be completed before student teaching begins in the final spring semester of the five-year program.
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.