Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Geography—Elementary Education, BAEd
What Is the Study of Geography-Elementary?
This program is designed to provide necessary depth as well as breadth to teaching majors who wish to specialize in geography in the public school system.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
This major prepares students for a concentration in Geography to accompany their courses in Elementary Education.
How to Declare:
Pre-Major: Any student may declare as an Environmental Studies pre-major. The forms are available at the Huxley College Office in ES 539.
Admission to Huxley College and its majors is selective and based upon the following four criteria:
- Completion of required preparatory course work
- Academic performance (GPA)
- A brief essay in response to a given question, and
- Relevant experience.
Applications should be received by the Huxley College office by April 25 for admission to summer or fall quarters; October 6 for admission winter quarter; and January 15 for admission spring quarter.
Preparatory Courses (29-36 credits)
- ENVS 203 - Physical Geography
- ENVS 204 - Human Geography
- ESCI 101 - Environmental Studies: A Scientific Approach
- One course from:
- MATH 107 - Mathematical Reasoning and Its Applications
- MATH 112 - Functions and Algebraic Methods
- MATH 114 - Precalculus I
- MATH 156 - Algebra With Applications to Business and Economics
- Any BCOM or CCOM GUR requirement course
- Two Natural Science GUR lab courses
Major (37 credits)
- ENVS 220 - Map Reading and Analysis
- ENVS 221 - Geographic Information Systems Survey
- ENVS 240 - Geography and World Affairs
- ENVS 319 - Research and Writing
- ENVS 330 - The United States: Society and Environment
- ENVS 340 - Developing World
- 20 Elective credits under advisement from:
- ENVS 300- and 400-level courses
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- BCOM/CCOM: Any
- QSR: MATH 107, 112, 114, 156, 381, 382
- SSC: ENVS 204
- LSCI: ENVS 203
- SCI: ESCI 101