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This 15 to 16 credit non-licensure certificate is designed to provide students who have a background in the sciences with greater content knowledge in the geographic and environmental sciences as well as effective methods in teaching science. For those with an undergraduate degree in teaching, students focus on the principles and fundamental topics of geography, environment, pedagogy, instruction of these sciences as well as hands-on experience and current tools and methods in science education research. This certificate is designed for teachers, scientists, public officials, field naturalists, environmental interpreters, and others having responsibility for educating or informing people about the environment and its geography.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-GESE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15-16

Required Courses

EDCI 670Advanced Methods in Science Teaching3
GGS 550Geospatial Science Fundamentals3
Total Credits6


Students with an undergraduate degree in pedagogy must take at least two science electives, and students with an undergraduate degree in science must take at least two science education electives.

Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9-10
Science Electives:
Computational Science Tools
Marine Conservation
Tropical Ecosystems
Fundamentals of Ecology
Fundamentals of Ecology
Geographic Information Systems
The Hydrosphere
The Hydrosphere
Science Education Electives:
Innovations in Science Teaching
Foundations of Science Education Research
Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science
Total Credits9-10