Major in Earth-Space Science

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Earth-Space Science. This program is intended for students interested in secondary education, and is not appropriate for students interested in a professional career in geology. The program is designed to result in state certification to reach earth-space science at the secondary level, after the student completes the additional requirements of the Department of Secondary Education. Students must contact the Department of Secondary Education about admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program after completing 45 units. A total of 57-58 units are required in this major, 12 of which also satisfy Core Curriculum requirements. Within the ­Earth-Space Science major, 34-35 required and elective units are within the earth, atmospheric, oceanographic and space sciences. The remaining units in the major are in the supporting physical and mathematical sciences. All required courses in this track must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The additional Core Curriculum requirements must also be completed.

Earth-Space Science Secondary majors in the Secondary Education Concentration are eligible, upon graduation, to apply for certification to teach earth-space science for grades 7-12  in the state of Maryland.
 
The Earth-Space Science Secondary Education Concentration requires 127-129 units for completion.  Students in this concentration must complete 100-102 required units in content and Towson UTeach courses and 27 units in Core Curriculum courses not satisfied by the major, earning a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course.     

Required Courses
ASTR 161THE SKY AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM4
ASTR 181STARS, GALAXIES, AND THE EARLY UNIVERSE4
BIOL 120PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LECTURE]3
BIOL 120LPRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LAB]1
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 123HISTORICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 357PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY3
CHEM 131GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE3
CHEM 131LGENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 132GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE3
CHEM 132LGENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
MATH 115COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
PHYS 211GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED4
PHYS 212GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED4
GEOL 305ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 331MINERALOGY4
GEOG 377METEOROLOGY3
Elective
Select one of the following:3-4
GEOMORPHOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
STUDIES IN NATURAL HAZARDS
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
HYDROGEOLOGY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
Total Units56-57

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 120
120L (Core 8)
4SEMS 1201
CHEM 131
131L (Core 7)
4MATH 115, 119, 211, or 273 (Core 3)3-4
GEOL 1214GEOL 12314
SEMS 1101CHEM 132
132L
4
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 16 15-16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ASTR 1814SEMS 2403
PHYS 2114ASTR 181 (Spring only)14
SEMS 2303PHYS 2124
Core 43Core 103
Core 63Core 113
 17 17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SEMS 250 (Core 5)3SEMS 3703
GEOL 357 (if even year)23GEOL 30514
Or
Geosciences or Geography Elective3-4
GEOL 331 (if odd year)2
Core 123
GEOG 37333Core 133
Or
 
 
SCED 4604 
Core 143 
 16 16-17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOL 357 (if even year)23SCIE 39312
Or
SCIE 4301
 
SCED 4613 
SCIE 3803 
SEMS 360 (Core 9)3 
SEMS 4983 
 15 13
Total Units 125-127
  1. Each graduate will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the constitution of the earth and its history in the solar system.
  2. Each graduate will be able to articulate scientific information through creative persuasive and influential presentations in both oral and written formats.
  3. Each graduate will be able to demonstrate information literacy and technological competency using electronic database resources in order to develop an argument and organize supporting materials.