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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Programs

BS in Geology

 

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.  This new approach attempts to be as multi-disciplinary as possible, allowing students to choose electives from other science departments. The special strengths of the department include hydrology/subsurface remediation, geophysics and environmental geophysics, meteorology and remote sensing, and environmental geochemistry. Students graduating from EAS with the system science training are especially able to include geological/GIS mapping and remote sensing in their portfolio of skills. These and related skills are especially valuable to engineering geology companies, government agencies, such as NASA and NOAA, and a multitude of areas that involve spatial planning. The B.S. degree offers a rigorous grounding in college-level math and science, as well as a wide choice of electives that allow a student to tailor their program to their particular interests.  It is intended for students who are interested in a professional career as a geologist or other environmental scientist. Majors are also ideally prepared to pursue careers in education and advanced degrees in the Earth Sciences

 

 

BA in Geology

 

The BA program also follows the Earth Systems Science curriculum model.  However, it emphasizes a curriculum that deals with the geochemical and geophysical relationships that produce an environmentally sound and self-perpetuating world.  It includes the same basic courses as the B.S., but requires fewer electives.  Students who choose this major are thus able to combine it with minors in such subjects as political science, sociology, or pre-law, to provide the basis for a career in fields such as environmental law, environmental policy, or environmental health. 

 

 

BS in Environmental Earth Systems Science

 

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 Aeronautics and Space Administration Center for Optical Sensing and Imaging (NASA-COSI). Together, the focused 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.