Earth Science Education


Last modified on 09/08/2015

MAT Science Course Requirements

These minimum introductory and graduate or advanced undergraduate science course requirements must be met before you begin student teaching.


Link here for a printable list of the Science Course Requirements 

Link here for courses at Suffolk Community College, Nassau Community College and SUNY Farmingdale that are accepted as equivalent to the following introductory courses at  Stony Brook University. (For earlier Transfer Guides link here.)

A. Introductory 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

 B. 24 Credits of Graduate or Advanced Undergraduate Science Courses

Advanced courses are those with a pre-requisite of introductory courses or a sequence of introductory courses. For example, an advanced course in chemistry may require CHE 131 and CHE 132. CHE 132 which requires CHE 131 is not an advanced course. At Stony Brook most advanced courses are numbered 300 or higher.  

At least 12 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 in one scientific discipline. The acceptable disciplines are geology, astronomy, atmospheric science, physics, chemistry, biology, physical geography or environmental science. 

The MAT Earth Sciences Curriculum 
requires 15 credits in appropriate 
Earth Science Courses.

Graduate earth science courses taken as part of the MAT Earth Science curriculum can be used to meet the minimum requirements as given in sections A and B above to student teach earth sciences.

A list of appropriate earth science courses can be found at this link. These courses can also be used to meet the graduate or advanced undergraduate science course 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 graduate courses requires a research report that involves 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.