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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Earth-Space Science Major

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.


Required Courses (54 units)
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I 4
ASTR 162 General Astronomy II 4
BIOL 120 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 120L Principles of Biology Lab 1
GEOL 121 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 123 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 357 Physical Oceanography 3
CHEM 131
General Chemistry I Lecture (3)
General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM 132
General Chemistry II Lecture (3)
General Chemistry II Lab (1)
MATH 115 Basic Mathematics for the Sciences 3
PHYS 211 General Physics I 4
PHYS 212 General Physics II 4
GEOL 305 Environmental Geology 4
GEOL 331 Mineralology 4
GEOG 377 Descriptive Meteorology 3


Elective(3-4 units)
Choose one of the following:
GEOG 315 Geomorphology 4
GEOG 410 Environmental Geography 3
GEOG 411 Studies in Natural Hazards 3
GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographical Information
GEOL 321 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 415 Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 443 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4


Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3020
Fax: 410-704-3511






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