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The School offers a major and minors programs in Geology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies and an additional minor in Earth Science Education. BA and BS degrees are available in all the majors except Environmental Studies (BA only). Students planning to major in the School will be assigned an adviser with whom they should consult frequently.

Environmental Science (BA or BS) and Environmental Studies (BA) 

The Queens College School of Earth & Environmental Science (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.

The Queens College Academic Advising Center (AAC) located in 217 Kiely Hall provides general undergraduate advising services.

The Environmental Sciences advisor is Professor Gillian Stewart, E-218 Science Bldg.,, (718) 997-3104.

Environmental Science Major (BA or BS)

The Environmental Science majors at Queens College are 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 (Ensci 100, Challenges to Humanity in the 21rst Century), a series of core cores (200 level), elective advanced courses (300 level) and a senior year capstone course (Ensci 373, Environmental Problem Solving).  To earn a BS environmental science degree, student must satisfy the requirements for the BA and complete additional core and advanced courses, as well as additional supporting sciences.

Environmental Science Minor

Given the growing demand for environmental literacy and its scientific foundation, SEES offers a minor in Environmental Science. This minor program would be a useful complement to several QC major programs in the social and natural sciences.  The Environmental Science minor augments a variety of curricula with essential components of environmental science, which is central to many professions in law, economics, public health and education.  The Environmental Science minor provides the fundamental concepts of the discipline in its two foundational courses of Ensci 100 and 200. Students would then select at least 2 courses that would supply a more in-depth look of a particular aspect of environmental sciences such as atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, or environmental microbiology.  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.

Environmental Studies Major (BA)

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 their social and economic context of these problems, especially as they affect urban areas, as well as the long-range impacts of potential solutions.

Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students majoring in any social science, humanities, or natural science with the tools to better understand and address issues related to environmental policy and management. The minor is designed to enhance post-graduate opportunities for students interested in a career in either the public or private sector, in areas that develop, implement, or are impacted by environmental policies and practices. The minor requires 19 credits.

The Environmental Sciences advisor is Professor Gillian Stewart, E-218 Science Bldg., 997-3104​.


Geology Major

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.


The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in geology. These can lead to advanced study in the field or to careers in academia, mineral and fuel exploration, water and air pollution remediation, and environmental consulting. Our alumni/ae include college professors and high school teachers, federal, state, and local government scientists, lawyers, environmental geologists, and executives in international banks and oil and mineral exploration companies. The BA degree is intended for students considering careers as high school teachers, lawyers, mineral resource financiers, and legislative assistants.The BS degree is recommended for those wishing to pursue graduate studies and highly technical careers.

Programs of Study for the BA and BS Degrees

Both BA and BS degrees in geology require 10 courses that examine Earth’s internal and surface materials, conditions, and processes, and emphasize a hands-on approach in the laboratory and the field. An additional course in calculus, chemistry, physics, statistics, and computer science also is required. For the BS degree, two courses in calculus, chemistry, and physics are required, as well as a total of 64 credits in all mathematics and science courses.

Requirements for the B.A. in Geology:

To view the requirements for the BA in Geology, please click on the following link: Geology BA Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.S. in Geology:
To view the requirements for the BS in Geology, please click on the following link: Geology BS Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Geology Minor:

Geology 101 and any five Geology courses numbered above 200.

The Geology advisor is Dr. Allan Ludman, E-204 Science Bldg.,,
(718) 997-3324.


To make an advising appointment with Dr. Allan Ludman,  please click on the following link: ​Advising Appointments with Dr. Ludman


 Office Information

Chair: Jeffrey Bird
Dept. Office: Science Building
Phone: 718-997-3300
Fax: 718-997-3299

Geology Undergraduate Advisor:
Stephen Pekar
Science Building, Room D-204
Phone: 718-997-3305
Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Advisor:
Jeffrey Bird
Science Building, Room D-216
Phone: 718-997-3300
Graduate Advisor:
Gregory O'Mullan
Science Building, Room D-206
Phone: 718-997-3452
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