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Earth Sciences - Secondary Teaching Emphasis, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Greeley, CO, United States
In the Earth Sciences - Secondary Teaching Emphasis degree program from University of Northern Colorado, you’ll learn by doing. Our program stands out for its hands-on field work and research opportunities, providing you with advanced training and direct experience that’s often reserved for graduate students. You won’t merely study science you’ll actively practice it. 
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Develop a broad foundation of science knowledge and learn the art of classroom instruction and management. You’ll complete a student-teaching practicum and get full preparation for state certification as a licensed science teacher for grades 7 through 12. UNC is Colorado’s top educator of secondary science teachers.

Our Earth Sciences - Secondary Teaching Emphasis degree program from University of Northern Colorado includes emphasis areas in environmental earth sciences, geology, meteorology and secondary teaching. All four concentrations feature small classes led by Ph.D. faculty, providing you with extraordinary access to professors. You’ll also get plenty of practical, hands-on experience via field trips, professional internships and collaborative research opportunities that bolster your resume for job and graduate school applications. With our location in one of the world’s most environmentally dynamic regions, UNC can provide a first-rate educational experience that prepares you to excel in graduate school or the work force.

Your Future in Earth Sciences

National policy makers and economic leaders have placed high priority on expanding America’s capacities in scientific research and natural resource development. As a result, UNC's Earth Sciences degree provides you with strong opportunities no matter which emphasis area you choose. Due to current trends and transitions in energy development, climate research, resource conservation and numerous other issues, you’ll find high demand for your skills in a broad range of industries and education venues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Geology
  • Ecology
  • Climatology
  • Oceanography
  • Introduction to GIS and GPS

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The $60 non-refundable application fee can be paid using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover card.
  • Official high school transcripts and graduation certificates
  • Undergraduate applicants are expected to meet a 2.5 GPA equivalent
  • Please provide a clear, high resolution photocopy of the bio-page (photo-page) of your passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9498 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9498 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4776 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Greeley

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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