Major in Geology

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 49-51 units in geology and non-geology requirements, plus 15-20 additional units of electives completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. 

Required Geology Courses (30-31 Units)
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
or GEOL 122 HONORS PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
GEOL 123HISTORICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 305ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 321STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 331MINERALOGY4
GEOL 333PETROLOGY OF IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS4
GEOL 443SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 489INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH1
GEOL 495RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN GEOLOGY1-2
Additional Required Courses (19 Units)
CHEM 131
131L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 132
132L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
MATH 211CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS3
or MATH 273 CALCULUS I
Select one of the following:8
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED
Total Units49-50

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must take a minimum of five additional courses (minimum of 15 additional units) from the following list of electives. At least two of these must be geology courses. 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.

Elective Courses
Select from the following (at least two courses must be from GEOL):15-20
VOLCANOES AND EARTHQUAKES
GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
ENERGY RESOURCES 1
SOILS AND VEGETATION 1
INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS
PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
HYDROGEOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING 1
TECTONICS
PETROLOGY OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO FIELD METHODS
GENERAL BOTANY 1
ELECTRN MICRSCOPY 1
HUMANS, SCIENCE AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY 1
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
CHEM & BACTERIOLOGICAL STUDIES ON WATER POLLUTION 1
PRINCIPLES PHYSICAL CHEM
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 1
INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
SCIENTIFIC MODELNG AND SIMULATION 1
INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 1
THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETIC THEORY 1
MECHANICS 1
MECHANICS II 1
1

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

Suggested Four-Year Plan

(For students ready to take Calculus)

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOL 121 (Core 7)4GEOL 123 (Core 8)4
MATH 273 or 211 (Core 3)4ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3Core 53
Core 43Core 63
 14 13
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOL 3573GEOL 3054
GEOL 4154Elective3
PHYS 211 or 2414PHYS 212 or 2424
CHEM 131
131L
4CHEM 132
132L
4
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOL 3314GEOL 3334
GEOL 3214GEOL 4434
GEOL Elective3GEOL Elective3
Core 93Core 103
Elective3Elective3
 17 17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOL 4891GEOL 4952
GEOL Elective3GEOL Elective3
Core 113Core 133
Core 123Core 143
Elective3Elective3
Elective3 
 16 14
Total Units 121

1. Each graduate shall demonstrate a general understanding of the physical constitution of the earth including the chemistry and origin of common earth materials.
2. Each graduate shall demonstrate a general understanding of both the internal and external dynamic processes of the earth system.
3. Each graduate will conduct and present a basic geological research project using appropriate tools, technologies and methodologies