Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Mission Statement

The mission of The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to provide CUNY students with an understanding of how Earth processes affect their lives and how their actions affect the environment in which we live. For our majors, we aim to prepare them to be competitive for technical and policy-related entrylevel environmental and geoscience professions and/or and research and professional graduate programs. For our minors and the larger campus community, we aim to provide them with a clear lens on how the Earth System enriches and constrains our lives so that they may act as professionals and citizens with an understanding how we can effectively deal with current and future environmental challenges.


Undergraduate Majors

Geology

The Geology major prepares students for careers in geoscience consulting, mineral and energy exploration and production, and academic research. BS graduates fulfill American Institute of Professional Geologists requirements and qualify for the new NYS Professional Geologist Licensure examination. The Geology BA major is also available for students planning less technical careers, including High School teaching.

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science major is intended for students planning on careers as professional environmental scientists, planners, or consultants. The major is intended to meet the needs of students who are interested in the technical professions that address environmental quality and sustainability and will prepare students for graduate programs in the environmental sciences.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major offers students the opportunity to obtain an integrated understanding of contemporary environmental problems, policy issues, and solutions from local, national, and global perspectives. Graduates with a BA in Environmental Studies can pursue careers in the public or private sectors developing and implementing environmental practices and policies.

Minors

Professions as diverse as law, economics, health care, business management, education and urban planning require an understanding of the major environmental issues and hazards. Students can significantly strengthen their academic training with a minor program in Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies.

A view of our Earth for the Queens College Community

All New Yorkers require basic scientific literacy to be effective, engaged citizens. Significant challenges exist in the area of environmental quality and sustainability stemming from issues as diverse as climate change, the quality of our soil, water and air and natural hazards. SEES aims educate all students at Queens College so that they can make informed decisions about their environment. Coursework is offered to provide students with practical information to help them navigate important decisions that include environmental concerns.

Major in Geology

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) majors for students seeking rewarding careers as scientists studying Earth processes; identifying and solving environmental problems; K-12 and higher teaching; and a surprisingly large number of areas in which geoscientists are needed (for example, law, mineral resource exploration, production, and finance; environmental insurance); and a wide range of City, State, and Federal agencies. Salaries are excellent, job openings are plentiful, and a grant from the National Science Foundation will help you complete your degree and move on to geoscience employment or graduate school.

The geology major balances deep-earth and surface processes with an emphasis on applications to environmental problems. We believe that you learn geology by doing geology, and so you will learn geology where geologists do geology—in the field as well as in the laboratory. You will be able to work alongside our faculty on their research projects, or design and carry out your own research project with our help. Students planning to major in the School will be assigned an advisor with whom they should consult frequently.


Bachelor of Science in Geology

The Geology BS is designed for students seeking careers in the technical aspects of the geosciences such as geological and environmental consulting, mineral and energy resource exploration and production, or a career in academic, industrial, or museum based research. BS majors have an extensive background in geologic and associated sciences and are encouraged to become involved in research throughout their undergraduate careers by serving as research assistants to faculty or independent researchers under faculty mentoring. The BS major meets educational requirements for the new NY State professional geology licence and has helped alumni enter the most prestigious graduate programs in the nation as well as exciting jobs throughout the world.
Course requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geology

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

The Geology BA major is designed for students considering a non-technical career in the geosciences including teaching, environmental law, insurance, finance, journalism, etc. Required courses provide a broad background in the geosciences from the deep Earth to the oceans and atmosphere, and emphasize not only what we have learned about our planet but also how we have learned it. Our majors learn in the laboratory as well as the classroom, but most importantly, in the field where we apply that classroom learning to answering questions about how Earth has evolved over its 4.6 billion year history.
Course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Geology

Minor in Geology

Excited about aspects of Geology such as fossils, gemstones, moving continents, or natural disasters but are attracted to a different major? Consider a minor in Geology to increase your knowledge and interest in your favorite topics while becoming a doctor, accountant, or lawyer. Requirements for the Geology minor include Geology 101 and any five Geology courses numbered above 200.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Allan Ludman: Undergraduate Advisor for Geology
Office: Science Building E-204
Email: Allan.Ludman@qc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-997-3324

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Major in the Environment

SEES offers two undergraduate majors that provide a broad and complementary set of opportunities for all students interested in professions relating to the environment. Students majoring in Environmental Science (BA or BS) or Environmental Studies (BA) have career opportunities including government service, NGO employment, private sector opportunities in environmental consulting services, and graduate education in a wide variety of environmentally related fields. Minor fields of study are available in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.


Environmental Science Major (BA and BS)

The Environmental Science major at Queens College is intended for students planning on careers as professional environmental scientists, planners, or consultants. The major is intended to meet the needs of students who are interested in the technical professions that address environmental quality and sustainability. The Environmental Science major provides the breadth and rigor to allow students to immediately enter to workforce after graduation or pursue an advanced academic (MA, MS or PhD) or professional degree in other related fields such as law, government, or urban planning. Central to the goals of the Environmental Science curriculum is a balance between breadth and a clear focus on a particular area of study within the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.

The Environmental Sciences major emphasizes basic science in a rigorous curriculum drawn from a variety of disciplines and departments including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, geology and environmental sciences. The major is structured around a hands-on introductory course (Environmental Science 100: Challenges to Humanity in the 21st Century), a series of core (200 level) courses, advanced elective courses (300 level), and a senior year capstone course (Environmental Science 373: Environmental Problem Solving). To earn a BS environmental science degree, students must satisfy the requirements for the BA and complete additional core and advanced courses, as well as additional supporting sciences.
Course requirements for a Major in Environmental Science

Environmental Science Minor

Given the growing demand for environmental literacy and its scientific foundation, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences now offers a minor degree program in Environmental Science for undergraduates at Queens College. The recently updated and expanded course offering available in SEES allows students a wide variety of courses to build a strong subject cluster to supplement their major with a minor in Environmental Science. This minor would be complementary for several diverse QC majors including economics, pre-law, pre­-medicine, biology, chemistry, and urban studies. Advisement for students wishing to complete a minor in Environmental Science will be provided by SEES faculty to ensure that each minor has a specific area of focus and contributes to each student’s academic goals.

The minor provides the necessary fundamental concepts of the discipline in its two introductory courses of EnSci 100 and 200. EnSci 100 includes a hands-on lab and covers several current environmental problems. EnSci 200 provides the basics of on Earth Systems Science with particular emphasis on today’s environmental challenges. Following the foundational courses, students then select at least two courses that would supply a more in-depth look of a particular aspect of environmental sciences such as climate science, marine ecology or environmental microbiology.

The minor requires the completion of 4 courses offered regularly within SEES. The total number of credits required for the minor is 18. Thirteen credits are required within SEES and 5 additional credits are required for Chemistry 113, which is a co-requisite for EnSci 200. Upper level Geology and Environmental Science prerequisites may require other perquisites depending on the topic. These complementary courses, such as Geology 101, are offered frequently.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gillian Stewart: Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Science
Office: Science Building E-218
Email: Gillian.Stewart@qc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-997-3104

Major in the Environment

SEES offers two undergraduate majors that provide a broad and complementary set of opportunities for all students interested in professions relating to the environment. Students majoring in Environmental Science (BA or BS) or Environmental Studies (BA) have career opportunities including government service, NGO employment, private sector opportunities in environmental consulting services, and graduate education in a wide variety of environmentally related fields. Minor fields of study are available in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.


Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major is designed for students interested in addressing today’s critical environmental issues. The Environmental Studies major offers students the opportunity to obtain an integrated understanding of contemporary environmental problems, policy issues, and solutions from local, national, and global perspectives. The major has an interdisciplinary foundation that includes natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities emphasizing both the School of Earth and Environmental Science‘s orientation toward environmental science and the Urban Studies Department’s emphasis on social justice and public policy. Graduates with a BA in Environmental Studies can pursue careers in the public or private sectors developing and implementing environmental practices and policies. While the program emphasizes social science theory and methods, students also take courses in the natural sciences. Environmental Studies graduates will be able to address environmental issues systemically from a perspective that considers the social and economic context of these problems, especially as they affect urban areas, as well as the long-range impacts of potential solutions.
Course requirements for Environmental Studies BA

Environmental Studies Minor

Given the growing demand for environmental literacy and its scientific foundation, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Urban Studies has recently updated the Environmental Studies minor for undergraduates at Queens College. This minor may be a useful complement for several Queens College majors including economics, pre-law, pre-medicine, biology, chemistry, and urban studies. Advisement for students wishing to complete a minor in Environmental Studies will be provided by SEES and Urban Studies faculty to ensure that each minor has a specific area of focus and contributes to each student’s academic goals.

The minor provides the necessary fundamental concepts of the discipline in its three introductory courses of EnSci 100, EnSci 112, and Urban Studies 252. EnSci 100 includes a hands-on lab and covers several current environmental problems. EnSci 112 provides the basics of Earth Science with particular emphasis on Climate Change. The third required course is URBST 252: The Changing Urban Environment. Following these 3 foundational courses, students then select three additional courses that would supply a more in-depth look of a particular aspect of environmental studies.

The minor requires the completion of 6 courses offered regularly within SEES, Urban Studies, and related departments. The total number of credits required for the minor is 16.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gillian Stewart: Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Studies
Office: Science Building E-218
Email: Gillian.Stewart@qc.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-997-3104

Dr. Melissa Checker: Co-Advisor for Environmental Studies
Email: Melissa.Checker@qc.cuny.edu

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