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GS – General Science Instructor Qualifications ARCHIVE

Instructor Qualifications for General Science Prior to September 2014

A Master’s degree (or higher) in the subject area OR a Master’s degree (or higher) in a related area plus 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the subject area.

Subject Area degrees include but are not limited to:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Earth Science
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Planetary Science
  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Paleontology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Oceanography

Related Area degrees include but are not limited to:

  • Physics
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Science Teaching

For related area degrees transcripts must be reviewed to document a minimum of 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the subject area of atmospheric science, ocean science, earth science and space science.

These lists may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate to the subject and related areas. The Division Dean, in consultation with the Faculty Department Chair, will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of these lists.

Revised and Approved May 2011

Instructors for GS106, GS107, GS108, GS109 (Physical Science)


The General Science (Physical Science) sequence is rather unique to PCC because it includes all the Earth sciences and there is intentional overlap between the courses to show relationships between them. Therefore, the qualifications for an instructor to teach any or all of these courses are:

A Master’s degree in any one of the following subjects: Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, General Science, Earth Sciences, Secondary school science education, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Planetary Science,


A Bachelor’s degree in any of the areas stated above PLUS at least 30 graduate hours in geology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, chemistry, oceanography, general science, earth science, marine science, environmental science, planetary science, or any combination thereof;


A Bachelor’s degree in any of the above areas PLUS a reasonable background in the particular subject being taught, and this can be demonstrated through academic coursework, teaching experience, “industrial” (non-teaching) experience, research, grants, professional experience, or any combination thereof.

Revised Date: 2004