Program Overview

Education Coordinator Latanya Brandon, (845) 257-3118,
Content Coordinator Frederick Vollmer, (845) 257-3760,
Program ID 102E
Credits 122 UG + 30 GR
Program Length The MAT can be completed in one additional year of study if enrolled full-time, but students must complete the degree within 5 years
Modality In-person
Full-time/Part-time Full-time or Part-time
Transfer Credits 6
Capstone Practicum
Certification/Licensure NYSED Initial/Professional Adolescent Education: Earth Science

Program Description

We’ve developed this program in response to popular demand from students and parents who have called for a pathway to fulfilling jobs in education and science, and to school districts who report an increasing number of full-time job openings in STEM disciplines. Graduation from the Five-Year Master Plan empowers students with options to choose the career they find most fulfilling, whether that means becoming a science teacher, working as a chemist, or pursuing a Ph.D.

How does it work?

ENROLL in the Five-Year Master Plan and begin taking foundational science courses as a first-year student.

MAINTAIN a 3.0 GPA as you take embedded education courses and pursue your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Geology.

QUALIFY for early admission to the graduate program during your junior year.

EARN your BA degree in four years, while taking education courses to prepare for your accelerated graduate program.

COMPLETE the MAT program, including all student teaching requirements in just one year.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

To participate in the BA/MAT program in Geology, interested undergraduates should:

  1. Submit a Declaration of Major/Change of Major form indicating the BA/MAT program in Geology (major 51ES) to the office of Records and Registration (Wooster Hall, rm. 115).
  2. Meet with Professor Latanya Brandon to begin selecting courses. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 to fulfill admission requirements for the graduate program.

Early Admission to Graduate Program

During their junior year, students finalize their early admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program: 

  • Apply using the link above.
  • Create an account or log in and follow the steps.
  • Select the fall term when you would like to begin your graduate coursework and major code (102E).
    NOTE: This program only admits for the fall term.
  • Select “BA Geology/MAT Adolescence Ed: Earth Science Program” as the intended curriculum.

Upload Checklist Items

To expedite a faculty review of an application, students may upload the following items:

  • Admission Essay
    • Reflect on a time when your idea or belief was questioned or challenged. Or, conversely, reflect on a time when your idea or belief was validated. What happened? In what way(s) could this time be considered a learning experience?

As you reflect, please include at least one reference to the School of Education's Conceptual Framework and discuss how it speaks to your experience.

  • Student copies of transcripts* from every college/university attended.

* Full admission REQUIRES the submission of official transcripts and test scores. 

Check Your Application Status

BA in Geology

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
Education Seminar 1
ENG160 Composition I 3
CHE201 General Chemistry I 3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab 1
MAT251 Calculus I 4
GLG201 Physical Geology 3
GLG211 Physical Geology Laboratory 1
ENG180 Composition II 3
CHE202 General Chemistry II 3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab 1
GLG202 Historical Geology 4
MAT252 Calculus II 4
SED354 Foundations of Secondary Education Seminar 1
Year 2
PHY201 General Physics 1 3
PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory 1
GLG311 Mineralogy and Crystallography 4
Elementary Foreign Language I 3
Humanities course 3
EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
EDS372 Developing Adolescence 3
GLG314 Petrology 4
PHY202 General Physics 2 3
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab 1
Elementary Foreign Language II 3
Year 3
Arts course 3
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation 4
or Hydrogeology
Exploring the Solar System
or Exploring the Universe
Take the GRE
BIO201 General Biology I (or other 4 credit science elective) 3
BIO211 Gen Bio 1 Lab 1
Exploring the Solar System
or Exploring the Universe
GLG120 Weather and Environment 4
EDS383 Introduction to Literacy for Diverse Learners 3
Other World Course 3
Apply to the MAT program in Adolescence Ed: Earth Science
Year 4
GLG405 Structure and Tectonics 4
GLG435 Field Geology 4
Geology course by advisement 3-4
Western Civilization course 3
SED453 Curriculum and Assessment in the Secondary School 3
SED353 Field Work #1 1
SED356 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment 3
Integrating ELLs in the School & Classroom 3
Graduate education or geology liberal arts elective by advisement 3
 Total Credits121-122

MAT in Adolescence Ed: Earth Science

Summer (3 Credits)
Select ONE of the following if offered: discipline-specific education course, an approved diversity course, or an approved course in discipline3
Fall (13 Credits)
Select TWO of the following courses not taken during summer: discipline-specific education, an approved diversity course, or an approved course in discipline6
SED543Science in the Secondary School 3
SED552Field Experience II 1
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Spring (14 Credits)
SED604Practicum in Secondary Ed 7-96
SED605Practicum in Secondary Ed 10-126
SED606Practicum Seminar1
SED553Field Experience III 1
Total Credits30
Academic Standing Requirements for Bachelor's/Master's Students

A cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 in graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate portion of a 4+1 program precludes the student’s good standing.  Students with GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 strongly advised to reconsider continuing into GR program.  Students below 2.75 may not continue and will be de-matriculated from GR program. 

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

BA Geology

Knowledge Areas 

  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental knowledge areas in the Geological Sciences. 

  • Show the ability to read and interpret topographic, geologic, and other maps, and demonstrate map making skills. 

  • Acquire competency in the supporting fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, particularly as related to the Geological Sciences.  

Research Skills 

  • Understand and use the scientific method to conduct research, and to be able to critically evaluate scientific work. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to observe, describe, and interpret geo-logic samples, outcrops, and regions using field data collection techniques and scientific methodologies. 

  • Have the ability to acquire information resources from scientific journals, geologic databases, internet resources, and other primary sources. 

  • Apply quantitative methods for problem solving, data analysis, and model formulation. 

  • Develop the skills to work independently and collaboratively on scientific problems. 

Technical Skills 

  • Use a variety of geological field equipment for data collection. 

  • Use common geological laboratory instruments and techniques. 

  • Perform quantitative data analysis and interpretation using computers. 

Communication Skills 

  • Effectively communicate technical findings and conclusions through written reports using formats and styles required for scientific writing. 

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills by giving oral presentations in a professional style. 

  • Use maps, three-dimensional diagrams, and other imagery to communicate factual information and concepts. 

Learning Skills 

  • Demonstrate a regional and global understanding of the earth, including tectonic, historical, environmental, and resource management aspects, and their relationship to the human experience. 

  • Show the ability to describe and interpret a geological outcrop, demonstrating facility in applying scientific knowledge, observational techniques, the ability to synthesize, and communication skills. 

  • Have group field excursions with faculty members and other students involving the scientific study and aesthetic appreciation of the geological aspects of our world.