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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Geology Major

The geology major contains a basis of the fundamental earth sciences supplemented by essential mathematics and physical sciences. The upper-level geology classes are generally small, with both lecture and laboratory taught by faculty. The undergraduate educational experience is capped in the senior year by designing and completing a research project involving field and/or laboratory analyses. Depending on their course selections, geology majors are prepared to enter successful geotechnical careers in environmental geology or hydrogeology, to teach at the secondary level, or to attend graduate school. Students interested in teaching certification in Earth and space sciences should investigate Towson’s Earth-space sciences major.

The geology major requires 47–49 units in geology and non-geology requirements completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher, plus 12–16 additional units of electives.

 

Required Courses (32 - 33 units)
GEOL 121
or
GEOL 122
Physical Geology
or
Honors Physical Geology
4
GEOL 123 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 305 Environmental Geology 4
GEOL 321 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 331 Mineralogy 4
GEOL 333 Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks 4
GEOL 443 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
GEOL 489 Introduction to Research 1
GEOL 492 Introduction to Field Methods

2
GEOL 495 Capstone Project in Geology 1-2

Additional Required Courses Additional Required Courses (19–20 units)
Choose one of the following:
CHEM 131
and
CHEM 131L
General Chemistry I Lecture
and
General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 132
and
CHEM 132L
General Chemistry II Lecture
and
General Chemistry II Lab
4
MATH 211
or
MATH 273
Calculus for Applications
or
Calculus I
3
or
4
PHYS 211-212
or
PHYS 241-242
General Physics I and II for Non-Majors
or
General Physics I and II for Majors
8

 

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must take a minimum of four additional courses (minimum of 12 additional units) from the following list of electives. At least one of these must be a geology course. Note that some electives may require additional prerequisites. Other upper division courses in biology, chemistry, physics or geography may substitute as electives, but must be approved by a student’s adviser prior to registration.

 

Electives (12-16 units)
Choose from the following:
ASTR 357 Planetary Astronomy 3
GEOL 323
or
GEOG 315
Geomorphology
or
Geomorphology
4
GEOL 357 Physical Oceanography 3
GEOL 415 Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 451 Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks 3
GEOL 470-479 Special Topics in Geology 1-4
GEOG 317 Energy Resources + 4
GEOG 319 Soils and Vegetation + 3
GEOG 321 Interpretation of Aerial Photographs 3
GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems + 3
GEOG 416 Principles of Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing + 3
BIOL 205 General Botany + 4
BIOL 305 Conservation Biology + 4
BIOL 333 Humans, Science and the Chesapeake Bay + 3
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry 5
CHEM 361 Chemical and Bacteriological Studies on Water Pollution + 3
CHEM 345 Principles of Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 310 Instrumentation in Analytical Chemistry + 3
MATH 335 Sampling Techniques 3
MATH 378 Scientific Modeling and Simulation + 3
PHYS 307 Introduction to Mathematical Physics + 3
PHYS 352 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory + 3
PHYS 351 Mechanics + 4
PHYS 451 Mechanics II + 3

+Course has prerequisite(s) not listed among the elective courses above.

Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
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