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Environmental Geosciences BS

(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 40.0699 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other)

Why study Environmental Geosciences BS at UB?

Environmental Geosciences (EGS) is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment and environmental systems. There is a large (and increasing) demand for scientists with quantitative, interdisciplinary training in environmental sciences to address, mitigate, and manage many complex environmental problems facing society. We work very closely with the Environmental Studies Program to provide a wide selection of courses as well as high-quality internships and field experiences.

Later on in your academic career, you will find that our undergraduate program feeds seamlessly into our graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior. As part of the environmental Geosciences program, you are part of a small, tight–knit group that has immediate access to advisors, research opportunities, and many environmental clubs and organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Environmental Geosciences program, you should be able to: enter graduate school or obtain a position in the environmental sciences; collect, analyze and interpret environmental data; and communicate environmental data and interpretation in writing and orally.

The Learning Environment

The Environmental Geosciences program consists primarily of courses that involve a mixture of lectures and labs. While 100-level courses typically have class sizes of greater than 200 students, upper-level courses often have class sizes of less than 30. Some lower-level courses can be taken remotely, but most courses require in-person instruction. Independent studies and internships are available and are encouraged for all students in their Junior and Senior year.

About Our Facilities

You have your choice of many exciting, challenging, and useful courses. With tremendous flexibility and personalization, you can follow our established tracks for concentrations in water, ecology, or monitoring or design your own specialization based on your interests. Some of our students’ favorite classes include:

  • Plant Biology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Ecological Methods
  • Great Lakes Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Problems

About Our Faculty

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this program, you will take classes and interact with faculty from a number of departments on campus. You will be exposed to a range of research projects and have the opportunity to conduct independent research in these labs. We are proud to be part of the largest public research university in New York and small enough to know our students personally.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Environment and Sustainability Department Faculty Directory or the respective department pages (Geology, Geography, Biology, etc.) for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

EGS graduates will boast many skills ranging from computer and analytical lab techniques to experiential field research methods. Our curriculum will prepare you for graduate school or for entry level positions in the environmental sciences with employers such as The National Park Service, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as private consulting firms.

Academic Advising

Students interested in a degree in Environmental Geosciences are encouraged to contact the director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Henshue. When you are accepted into the major, you will meet with the director of undergraduate studies to design a course of study that matches your needs within the degree guidelines.

You must meet with your advisor at least once a semester prior to registering for the following semester. At the time of the advisement appointment, your academic record (all university, general education, and departmental requirements) is reviewed and any concerns are discussed.

Advising is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advising Services and the Department of Environment and Sustainability.

Academic Advising Contact Information

You may schedule an appointment to discuss academic advisement by contacting the Department of Environmental Sustainability at 716-645-6777 or The two primary academic advisors for Environmental Geosciences are Dr. Nick Henshue and Dr. D. Marie Weide.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:58:56