Earth Science Education

The earth science education major in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is designed to provide a basic understanding of subjects that are normally included in a secondary earth science course:

  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography

Earth science is a common course of study in many high schools. More than 350 schools in Michigan offer or plan to offer earth science. This program is offered in collaboration with the Mallinson Institute for Science Education for prospective K-12 educators.

Beyond the classroom

Participation in student organizations and extracurricular training opportunities is an excellent way for you to prepare for the workforce. You are encouraged to actively participate in events related to your study and to implement your knowledge outside of the classroom. This involvement helps to develop:

  • Teamwork
  • Community participation
  • Presentation, leadership and management skills

The Western Michigan University Geology Club:

  • Stimulates an active interest in geology and earth science through sharing of new ideas, discussions and presentations.
  • Increases awareness about geosciences through different media.
  • Fosters new experiences in geosciences through geology field trips and community events.

The Hydrogeology Field Course is one of the very few hydro-technical programs in the United States. The program, which has trained numerous students from around the nation and abroad, provides intensive, hands-on field experience emphasizing applied hydrogeology and state-of-the-art techniques for the evaluation, sampling and characterization of groundwater systems.

The Hydrogeology Field Course teaches the following skills:

  • Aquifer testing
  • Environmental surface geophysics
  • Groundwater sampling and monitoring
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training
  • Remediation
  • Well drilling and installation

You may also consider joining student and community organizations related to teaching:

  • Student Education Association
  • Bigs on Campus
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Michigan Education Association
  • National Education Association

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in earth science education are working as:

  • Classroom teachers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Schools

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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