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Earth Sciences

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. Courses with certain departmental subject codes (e.g., GEO) may also be valid for the content area.


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 1/30/2014.

Statement 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. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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