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 161GENERAL ASTRONOMY I4
ASTR 162GENERAL ASTRONOMY II4
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

Please contact your major department for more information. 

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.