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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences



If you are looking a degree that prepares you for a growing job market and for interesting work, Geology is the degree for you. Towson Geology alumni work in the environmental industry, petroleum industry, and government agencies around Maryland and across the country. Job openings for geoscientists are projected to grow 50% faster than the overall job market from 2012 to 2022. Additionally, geologists have the second highest median annual salary for jobs in the physical and life sciences. Geologists do a wide variety of jobs including finding the oil and natural gas that fuel our economy, exploring for the minerals and metals that allow us to manufacture high tech goods, monitoring and protecting water quality, and assessing and cleaning up groundwater resources.  As a geologist, you are likely to spend time on-site doing fieldwork, in the laboratory measuring samples collected in the field, and in the office analyzing and understanding your field and laboratory data.

Towson University is one of three universities in the state of Maryland that offers an undergraduate degree in Geology. Upper-level geology courses are small, which gives students many opportunities to interact with faculty. Small upper-level courses also allow for opportunities for hands-on experiences doing geology in the laboratory or the field. We strongly encourage our students to do research with faculty as well as do internships with local companies or governments. The capstone of the Geology major at Towson is a senior research experience in which each student works with a faculty member on an independent research project. These research projects give students the opportunity to synthesize the content, hone the skills learned in previous coursework, and leave Towson with a year-long geology research experience.

We also offer a degree in Earth-Space Science, which is suited for students who are interested in teaching at the high school level.

To learn more about the requirements of the major click the following link:


We currently have 6 Geology faculty:

Name and Title

Contact Info

Rachel Burks Rea
Smith Hall, Room 451
Tsigabu Gebrehiwet
Smith Hall, Room 475
Joel Moore
Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator
Smith Hall, Room 412C
Wendy Nelson
Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 426F
Greg Shofner
Smith Hall, Room 475
Amy Williams
Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 426B


Towson University is located in Maryland's Piedmont province near the fall zone. The campus sits atop the 1.1 billion year old Baltimore Gneiss, which underlies much of the Baltimore area. The campus is also bisected by Towson Run, which drains into Lake Roland and is part of the Jones Falls watershed. Towson Run's own watershed encompasses much of the Towson area north of Lake Avenue. We are located on the 4th Floor of Smith Hall, overlooking a branch of Towson Run and the scenic natural area of Towson's Campus known as "The Glen.”

Campus is within an easy day's drive of many important geological features: the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and Allegheny Plateau provinces of the Eastern U.S. Our location offers students countless opportunities to observe the results of major geological events of the past and to study the processes currently shaping the surface of our Earth.

Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Smith Hall, Room 445 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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






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