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 PhD.

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 Millham to begin selecting courses. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam in the spring of your sophomore year 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: 

  • Log into my.newpaltz.edu and select “Apply Now!” under the “Graduate Studies” section.
  • 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
  • Student copies of transcripts* from every college/university attended
  • Student copies of GRE scores*

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

Check Your Application Status

  • Check your application status via my.newpaltz.edu by selecting “View Application” under the “Graduate Studies” section.

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