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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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)

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.

For general advisement for all program options, please contact Dr. Angelo Lampousis (




BS in Environmental Earth Systems Science (EESS Major)

Environmental Earth Systems Science (EESS) is designed for students interested in the technical aspects of emerging environmental issues. A combined curriculum of science and engineering courses provides a foundation for a career in the scientific aspects of emission control, climate change, global warming, resource management, ecosystems, and environmental remediation. These broad areas will continue to drive environmental research for the coming decades with the goals of solving environmental problems and providing lawmakers with accurate information for developing sound environmental policies. The EESS degree program is designed to connect to major existing environmental research programs at CCNY, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology (NOAA-CREST) and the National Aeronutics and Space Administration Center for Optical Sensing and Imaging (NASA-COSI). Together, the curriculum and associated science and engineering research provide a superior basis for entry into technical careers in environmental and earth system science at local and federal levels and in related industries as well as government regulatory and policy arenas.




MS in Geology

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers an M.S. Geology based on the Earth Systems Science (ESS) model. The focus of ESS is to integrate the chemical and physical principles which interlink earth processes and features. The integrated curriculum gives us the flexibility to offer research training in the following areas:

Environmental Studies
Earth Systems Sciences
Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems

Students who receive an M.S. from the EAS Department will be prepared for employment in environmental companies and government agenicies as well as for Ph.D. level studies in ESS, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Public Policy, or Terrestrial Ecology.

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Pengfei Zhang

Marshak Science Building
Room 926
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New York, NY  10031

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James Booth 
Deputy Chair

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