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Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography Major - Secondary Education (32 hours)

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Effective teaching of modern geography in schools is currently attracting significant attention by curriculum planners. This major is designed to develop a teacher corps more skilled in contemporary geography, consistent with Michigan teacher certification standards and national geography education objectives.

Required Core (20 hours)

Electives (12 hours)

Beyond the core, the secondary education major should emphasize EITHER the physical science or a social science side of geography.

Physical Science Emphasis

Majors opting for this emphasis MUST take this class:


The following majors or minors are recommended to accompany the Teaching of Geography Secondary Education major:

Physical Science Emphasis: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Information Systems.

Social Science Emphasis: History, Economics, or Political Science.


Students who wish to develop a social studies teaching emphasis recognized in Michigan must complete either a Secondary Education History minor or a Secondary Education Political Science minor.

Minimum Requirements

In addition, they must complete a minimum of four additional courses, including:

Two of the Following:

And two courses in either of the following academic disciplines in which they do NOT minor:


Some of these course may also be used to meet General Education requirements.

Other valuable teaching minor options

Other valuable teaching minor options to combine with a Secondary Education Geography major are: 1) Mathematics Minor-Secondary Teaching Option; or 2) Earth Science Education Minor.

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