Earth science majors study the earth as a dynamic, interactive system of land, sea, atmosphere, and solar system. Geology is the study of materials and processes that form and shape the earth.
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 eEarth sciences, B.S. program allows students to choose a more individualized program under three concentrations: geology, environmental earth sciences, and earth science education.
The earth sciences—bachelor of science with 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.
This master of science in science education program is designed for individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a core science (biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, or physics). Candidates who complete 31-37 credit hours (which includes student teaching and a master's project) in education coursework may qualify for NYSED initial teacher certification allowing them to teach science in grades 7-12 in New York State.
Graduates of the M.S.Ed. in science education program have been hired as biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics teachers at middle- and high-schools across Western New York and around the country and as educators in museums and nature centers.
Offered in conjunction with the Great Lakes Center
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.
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