According to NYSED, acceptable studies for certification in earth sciences (grades 7-12) include courses in scientific methods, space systems, atmospheric systems, geological systems, and water systems. Courses in environmental science, conservation and wildlife management, and agriculture are generally applied science courses and, therefore, are not acceptable.
Stony Brook University has determined that the courses on the list below meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Some multi-disciplinary courses will require that you complete and submit the NYSED Course Verification Form to SPD. For those courses, we have provided a link to the form, which should be submitted only upon satisfactory completion of the course. Courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., GEO) may also be valid for the content area.
You may request review of any course that is not on this list.
CEB 505 History of the Long Island Environment
CEB 545 The Nature of Science
CEB 556 Ecology
CEB 586 Differentiated Instruction in Science and Math
CEM 573 Long Island's Ocean Beaches*
CEY 507 Long Island's Groundwater*
CEY 525 Ocean Stewardship: Global Science, Local Issues*
*Denotes course that is regularly offered online.
Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 10/15/13.
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating [non-degree] Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.