Our programs provide an authoritative background for those interested in pursuing careers as scientists or earth science educators. Our small class sizes promote close faculty-student interactions and our programs offer a blend of theory and commitment to field study.
Many of our graduates go on to work in field and laboratory research, geologic consulting, environmental protection, and teaching, to name just a few occupational options.
The geology B.A. program enables students to concentrate in straightforward geology, whereas the earth sciences B.S. allows students to choose a more individualized program under three concentrations: geology, environmental earth sciences, and earth science education.
The Earth Sciences honors program is for students who have demonstrated high standards of achievement and the ability to work independently. Accepted students work with a faculty member to complete an honors project, which may be published in a professional journal or presented at a scientific conference.
Teaching Earth Science
The B.S. program in secondary education leads to a New York State initial certification for teaching both earth sciences and general science in grades 7–12. Students have the opportunity to extend their certification to teach grades 5–6. Faculty advisers help students schedule and choose the courses necessary to obtain the desired degree and certification.
The astronomy, environmental science, and geology minor programs are designed for students majoring in other departments who would like to develop an additional focus of study. The minor can be customized to enable students to develop a specialty in a wide range of fields.
The M.S.Ed. program in Earth Sciences Secondary Education and the postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs are designed for those interested in teaching earth science at the secondary level.
The master of science in education (M.S.Ed) in science education program is designed for individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a core science (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geology, or physics).