Earth Science Education


Five Year BA-MAT Program



Last modified 09/08/2015

The requirements for the combined BA/MAT program in Earth Science Education are similar to the requirements for the two programs separately. Time is saved by allowing some courses in content and pedagogy to count for both degrees.

 Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA overall and 3.0 in science courses. All applicants must obtain three letters of recommendation from faculty, which will be evaluated by the Earth Science Education advisor. The GRE is not required.

The Earth Science Education advisor is Prof. Gilbert N. Hanson in the Department of Geosciences. His telephone is 631-632-8210. E-mail is

A. Introductory Science and Math courses  

The following courses or their equivalents at other colleges or universities are required.

AMS 102 Elements of Statistics

AST 101 Introduction to Astronomy

AST 112 Astronomy Laboratory

ATM 102 Weather and Climate

ATM 205 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences

BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology

BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology

BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry

CHE 131 General Chemistry I

CHE 132. General Chemistry II

CHE 133 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory II

GEO 102 The Earth

GEO 103 The Earth Through Time

GEO 112 Physical Geology

GEO 113 Historical Geology Laboratory

MAT 125 Calculus A

PHY 119* Physics for Environmental Studies

* Or PHY 121/123 Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory
* Or PHY 125 Classical Physics A plus PHY 133 Classical Physics Laboratory I
* Or PHY 131 ​Classical Physics I plus PHY 133  Classical Physics Laboratory I

In addition to the above required courses a student must take
27 credits of Graduate or Advanced Undergraduate Earth Science Courses

Advanced courses are those with a pre-requisite of introductory courses or a sequence of introductory courses.  At Stony Brook University most advanced courses are numbered 300 or higher.  

27 credits within Earth Sciences, that is, astronomy, atmospheric sciences and geology. Some marine science courses with an earth science theme are also acceptable. Graduate atmospheric science courses have an MAR designator

At least 12 credits of these 27 credits are in one scientific discipline. The acceptable disciplines are geology, astronomy, or atmospheric science.

At least 15 credits of these 27 credits must be at the graduate level.

For acceptable undergraduate courses see BA Science Requirements 

For acceptable graduate level courses see MAT Science Requirements

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.

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.