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Bachelor of Science - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

UTeach Columbus is an innovative program that prepares students for an exciting career in mathematics or science. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a degree in earth and space science, and be qualified to teach in a middle school or high school after passing the appropriate state certification examinations. Students completing this program are highly qualified for jobs utilizing their science knowledge, or for either informal education jobs or for work in a K-12 school setting. UTeach Columbus also provides close mentoring by Master Teachers, as well as having a dedicated advisor.
More information about UTeach Columbus can be obtained by calling 706-507-8612 or by visiting our website at

Career Opportunities

  • middle or high school science teacher
  • education outreach at science museums, national parks
  • work with geology or environmental science consulting firms

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education. For a list of current requirements, go to

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate expertise in content by passing the GACE content test in Earth/Space Science.
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in planning instruction based on standards and knowledge of students.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using a wide range of instructional strategies and differentiating instruction to help all students learn.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiencies related to assessing learning and teaching and using assessment data to adapt instruction for improved student learning.
  5. Students will display values, commitments, dispositions, and habits associated with effective and professional teaching
  6. Students will be able to design and conduct meaningful experimental measurements in a lab or field setting. 
  7. Students will be able to synthesize data and new research results with prior knowledge.
  8. Students will recognize that scientific knowledge is tentative, and will be modified in the face of new and valid evidence. 

Additional Program Requirements

Students must complete all courses related to major with a C or better unless otherwise approved.

Students must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education. For a list of current requirements, go to

Students must meet all requirements for admission to Student Teaching. For a list of current requirements, go to

To be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the GACE Science Test I and Test II (

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
MATH 1113 or MATH 1131*
*Extra hour applied to Area F

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:

ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125 *(Historical perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics)
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Select two lab science courses from below: MATH 1131* or MATH 1132*
*Extra hour applied to Area F

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3 

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
“C”or better required in each course
GEOL 1121 Intro Geo 1: Physical Geology
GEOL 1121L Intro Geo 1: Physical Geology 1 Lab
Take the following physics sequence:
PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics 1
PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics 2
PHYS 1311 Introductory Physics 1 Lab
PHYS 1312 Introductory Physics 2 Lab
PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics 1
PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics 2
PHYS 2311 Principles of Physics 1 Lab
PHYS 2312 Principles of Physics 2 Lab

Select 3 or more hours from the following:
ASTR 1105 Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System
ASTR 1305 Descriptive Astronomy Lab
ASTR 1106 Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
BIOL 1215K Principles of Biology
ENVS 1105 Environmental Studies
ENVS 1205K Sustainability and the Environment
GEOL 1110 Natural Disasters

Up to 3 can be added from Areas A, B and/or D with advisor approval.

Area G Program Requirements Required hours: 41-48 hours
“C”or better required in each course

Choose 5 of the following

ASTR 3105 Physics, Chemistry and Geology of Solar System
ASTR 3115 Introduction to Astrophysics
ATSC 5116 Meteorology
ATSC 5117 Climate and Global Change
GEOL 2225 The Fossil Record
GEOL 5135 Oceanography
GEOL 5165 Hydrology
GEOL 5215 Geomorphology
GEOL 5255 Environmental Geology

UTeach Columbus Teaching Option
(Only two attempts allowed for each of the following courses)

ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science & Math -if not taken in Area C (3)
SPED 4115 Teaching Math & Science to Exceptional Learners(2)
UTCH 1201 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching(1)
UTCH 1202 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design(1)
UTCH 2105 Knowing and Learning(3)
UTCH 2215 Research Methods (3)
UTCH 3205 Classroom Interaction(3)
UTCH 4205 Project-Based Instruction(3)
UTCH 4485 Student Teaching(9)
UTCH 4795 Student Teaching Seminar(1)

Area H Program Electives (12-19 hours)
Select from the following courses:
Any ASTR, GEOL, ENGR, ENVS, or PHYS at 3000+ level not used above
ENGR 2206 Digital Logic
ENGR 2217 Robotics Engineering Design

Total Hours Required: 123

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