The new face of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – Earth System Science – deals with “how the earth works,” bridging the traditional fields of geology, chemistry, biology, and civil engineering, and placing a stronger focus on environmental issues. At City College, this comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach enables research active faculty to address such issues as climate change, groundwater remediation, environmental microbiology, and renewable energy, to name just a few.
Undergraduates work with faculty mentors on projects sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Environmental Protection Agency, and gain valuable career preparation in internships with the government agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA, as well as private companies like Raytheon.
BA/BS in Geology (EAS Major or EESS Major)
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a unique version of the Earth Systems Science (ESS) model, the proposed national curriculum for the earth sciences. The ESS approach has been adopted by NASA and other government agencies as the appropriate method for understanding and modeling the complexities of the earth system. By studying and understanding the relationships that connect the solid earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere, we can better develop methods for phrasing and solving environmental problems. EAS/ESS emphasizes a curriculum that deals with the geochemical and geophysical relationships that produce an environmentally sound and self-perpetuating world.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Geology, through the CCNY Graduate school. Most of our faculty are also associated with the CUNY Graduate Center, through the Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program.