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Approved MAT Science Courses

This page last modified 09/08/2015

Students will be required to complete 15 credits of approved graduate earth science courses and a research project or projects approved by the sponsoring department. 

The 15 credits of graduate earth science courses can be used to meet the minimum course requirements to student teach. 

Research projects are generally associated with the science courses required for this degree.  The student must arrange with the instructor and the MAT advisor before or at the beginning of the semester about the requirements for these projects. A student with a strong background in one of the earth sciences may choose to do an independent research project for credit by registering for
ESS 589 Research for Earth Science Teachers for between 1 and 3 credits.

Courses that require MAT students to do a research report cannot use a lesson plan as a substitute for a research report. The research report for MAT students may be a review of the scientific literature on a subject or a research report that includes students own observations or data collection.

All MAT students are required to prepare at least one research report that involves selecting or collecting data or observations, processing and interpreting this information and presenting it in a professional style.

The graduate academic programs at Stony Brook University for earth science teachers have been designed to provide the education necessary for teaching the Earth Science Curriculum in New York State. In order to teach the curriculum it is essential that teachers have college level courses in atmospheric science, astronomy, geoscience and marine science. About 40% of the Earth Science Curriculum is geoscience, about 25% is atmospheric science, 25% is astronomy and 10% is oceanography.

It is highly recommended that  a student preparing for a career as an earth science teacher become familiar with the curriculum and the contents of the New York State Regents Exams in Earth Sciences. Examples of Regent Exam Questions as well as Earth Science Reference Tables can be found at the State Education site.

We have a large number of ESS earth and space science) courses that may be taken by MAT students. These courses were developed as part of the MS in Geosciences with a Concentration in Earth and Space Sciences. (See http://www.geo.sunysb.edu/ms-ess/index.html) These courses in astronomy, atmospheric science and astronomy have been created to be aligned with the earth science curriculum in New York State. These courses will usually be taught in the evening and every other year. A science research project is required for each of these courses.

Courses are selected with the approval of the earth science advisor.  The most highly recommended geology courses for students who have not taken equivalent courses in an undergraduate program:
GEO 543 Stratigraphy (4 cr)
GEO 546 Mineralogy and Petrology (4 cr)
GEO 549 Structural Geology (4 cr)
GEO 507 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4 cr)
Science research projects are required as part of these courses. These courses form the core of the geology part of the earth science curriculum.

You may prefer to take the ESS geology courses that contain much of the relevant material presented in the above geology courses. These courses have been aligned with the NY State Earth Science Curriculum
ESS 541 Earth’s Surficial Environment (3 cr)
ESS 542 Tectonic Environment (3 cr)
ESS 543 Rocks and Minerals (3 cr)
ESS 544 Geology of New York (3 cr)

Generally continuing education  courses (CEN) are not acceptable as Graduate Science Courses. In order for a continuing education course to be acceptable an instructor approved science research project must be completed as part of the course.  Courses cross scheduled with undergraduate courses must also include a research project.

At least one of the research reports must involve selecting or collecting data or observations, processing and interpreting this information and presenting it in a professional style. A report that consists of a literature review or a lesson plan is not acceptable to meet this requirement.

Appropriate Earth Science Courses at Stony Brook University for Earth Science Teachers include:

ESS 522 The Planets (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 523 Collisions in the Solar System (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 524 The Universe (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 532 Atmospheric Fundamentals (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 533 Global Climate (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 534 Air Pollution and Control (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 536 Principles of Weather Analysis and Forecasting (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 541 Earth’s Surficial Environment (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 542 Tectonic Environment (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 543 Rocks and Minerals (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 544 Geology of New York (3 cr)
(Science research project required as part of course.)

ESS 585 Directed Studies (3 cr)

ESS 589 Research for Earth Science Teachers (1 to 3 cr)

ESS 601 Topics in Earth and Space Sciences (3 cr)

GEO 510: Dimensions of Global Change

GEO 520 Glacial Geology
(Science research project required as part of course.)

GEO 530: The Geology of Mars
(Science research project required as part of course.)

GEO 533 Geochemistry of the Terrestrial Planets

GEO 535 Regional Structure and Tectonics

GEO 543 Stratigraphy 
(Science research project required as part of course.)

GEO 549 Structural Geology 
(Science research project required as part of course.)

GEO 567 Sedimentary Rocks/Crustal Evolution

GEO 588 Geological Field Methods for Earth Science Teachers
(Science research project required as part of course.)

MAR 506 Geological Oceanography

MAR 527 Global Change

MAR 564 Atmospheric Structure and Analysis
(Science research project required as part of course.)

MAR 565 Global Atmospheric Change
(Science research project required as part of course.)

MAR 566 Air Pollution and Its Control

MAR 596 Principles of Atmospheric Chemistry