AYA Earth Science/Physics Licensure, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Adolescent to Young Adult Earth Science/Physics Licensure (Grades 7-12) (530600BA)

More on the Adolescent to Young Adult Earth Science/Physics Licensure major

*Admission to this program has been suspended*

School of Education Admission Requirements For Those Persons Seeking State of Ohio Licensure

All students must complete the following requirements for admission:

  1. School of Education Application for Admission. Responses to the questions on the application will help School of Education advisors offer the most effective and efficient advisement. It will also help advisors know students as individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. Applications are available online at: http://www.uakron.edu/education/academic-programs/how-to-apply.dot.
  2. Intercollege Transfer (Undergraduate students only). Those students enrolled in another college wishing to complete degree requirements in the School of Education should see their advisor to initiate an intercollege transfer to the School of Education. Those students may not access School of Education core courses prior to admission. Students planning to complete teacher education as part of their degree requirements in another college need not complete an ICT.
  3. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better overall and 2.5 or better overall in prerequisite credit hours from specific courses identified by the School.
  4. Evidence of competency in reading comprehension and writing as demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or higher in a course that meets the University's General Education English Composition I requirement.
  5. Evidence of competency in mathematics as shown by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or better in a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics that meets the University's General Education mathematics requirement.
  6. Signed Criminal Background Check Acknowledgment Form

The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education
Zook Hall, Room 002
Akron, Ohio 44325-4201
(330) 972-7750

The following information has official approval of The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements36
Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Science Students39-44
Content Requirements for Earth Science/Physics Licensure Students73
Additional Major Electives *7-2
Total Hours155

This major requires a minimum of 155 completed credit hours.

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
Analytic Geometry-Calculus II
Basic Statistics
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
Introductory Physical Geology
Introductory Historical Geology
Descriptive Astronomy
Music, Sound & Physics
Elementary Classical Physics I
Elementary Classical Physics II
Earth's Atmosphere & Weather
Environmental Geology
Exercises in Environmental Geology I
Exercises in Environmental Geology II
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Science Students 1

Phase One:
EDFN:200Introduction to Education3
EDFN:220Educational Psychology3
EDSE:100Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs0
EDSE:320Introduction to Teaching in the Content Area3
EDSE:420Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education3
EDSE:421Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education - II3
EDCI:308Instructional Design and Assessment6
EDSE:430Clinical Teaching I3
EDSE:431Clinical Teaching II3
EDCI:440Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDIS:225Introduction to Exceptionalities3
Phase Two:
EDSE:495Student Teaching: Secondary Education 26-11
Total Hours39-44

At least 39 credit hours with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.5 or better.


All students must have the approval of the Student Teaching Committee, based upon approved application to student teaching, and passing OAE Content and Reading tests. Planned teaching experience in schools selected and supervised by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure experiences. Co-requisite EDSE:496 Student Teaching Colloquium in Secondary Education. To qualify for student teaching, students must have a 2.5 GPA overall, 2.5 in education classes, and 2.5 in the student’s major, in methods courses, core courses, and in their teaching field(s). Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 100 hours of field experience is also required before student teaching.

Content Requirements for Earth Science/Physics Licensure Students 1

Science Core
BIOL:111Principles of Biology I4
BIOL:112Principles of Biology II4
CHEM:151Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM:152Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM:153Principles of Chemistry II3
GEOL:101Introductory Physical Geology4
GEOL:102Introductory Historical Geology4
Elementary Classical Physics
PHYS:291Elementary Classical Physics I4
PHYS:292Elementary Classical Physics II4
Earth Science
GEOL:137Earth's Atmosphere & Weather1
GEOL:200Environmental Geology3
GEOL:201Exercises in Environmental Geology I1
GEOL:203Exercises in Environmental Geology II1
GEOL:455Field Studies in Geology1-3
or GEOL:499 Research Problems in Geology
MATH:221Analytic Geometry-Calculus I4
MATH:222Analytic Geometry-Calculus II4
STAT:260Basic Statistics3
Physics and Earth Science
PHYS:130Descriptive Astronomy4
PHYS:133Music, Sound & Physics4
or PHYS:137 Light
PHYS:267Life Science Physics Computations I1
or PHYS:293 Physics Computations I
PHYS:301Modern Physics3
PHYS:322Intermediate Laboratory I3
PHYS:323Intermediate Laboratory II3

73 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Additional Requirements to Add Integrated Science Licensure

These courses are not required for the Earth Science/Physics Licensure

BIOL:217General Ecology
BIOL:265Introductory Human Physiology
CHEM:263Organic Chemistry Lecture I
CHEM:264Organic Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM:265Organic Chemistry Laboratory I