2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Environmental Geosciences BS

Department of Geology

126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo NY, 14260
716-645-3489
716-645-3999
www.envsci.buffalo.edu
(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 40.0699 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other)

Why study Environmental Geosciences BS at UB?

Environmental Geosciences is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment and environmental systems. There remains a large demand for scientists with quantitative, interdisciplinary training in environmental sciences to address, mitigate, and manage a multitude of complex environmental problems facing society. The Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Geosciences curriculum is specially designed to prepare students for positions across a broad range of environmental fields and professions. The program has three specialization tracks: Ecology & the Environment, Water & the Environment, and Environmental Monitoring & Analysis. Environmental Geoscience graduates will have a solid foundation in biological, physical, and natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, and analytic and geospatial techniques, as well as the specialized training necessary for integrated analysis of environmental systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Environmental Geoscience program, a student 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 Geoscience 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 students. Some lower-level courses can be taken online, but most courses require in-person instruction. Independent studies and internships are available and are encouraged for students in their Senior year. The program has a capstone experience course, GEO 470, Integrated Environmental Management.

About Our Facilities

As an interdisciplinary program, Environmental Geosciences does not have its own instructional or laboratory space. Since many courses are taken in the Departments of Geography and of Geology, an idea about the facilities that will be used can be gathered from their descriptions in this catalog.

About Our Faculty

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this program, students will take classes from and interact with faculty from a number of departments on campus. Through this the students are exposed to a range of research projects and have the opportunity to conduct independent research in these labs.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment and environmental systems. There remains a huge demand for scientists with quantitative, interdisciplinary training in environmental geosciences to address, mitigate and manage a multitude of complex environmental problems facing society.

This program will prepare students for graduate school or for entry-level positions in environmental consulting firms, non-governmental organizations and governmental environmental agencies. Career tracks include a wide range of positions in sustainable resource management, restoration, monitoring and mitigation among others.

Academic Advising

Students interested in a degree in Environmental Geosciences are encouraged to contact the director of undergraduate studies. When the students are accepted into the major, they will meet with the director of undergraduate studies to design a course of study that matches their needs within the degree guidelines. As appropriate, the student may be reassigned an advisor whose specialties are aligned with the student's interests.

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

Academic Advising Contact Information

The undergraduate secretary for the program, Sharon Hassett, can be emailed at shassett@buffalo.edu and called at 716-645-3489.

The director of the program, Dr. Chris Larsen, can be emailed at larsen@buffalo.edu and called at 716-645-0488.

Scholarships and Financial Support

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

Department of Geology

126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo NY, 14260
716-645-3489
716-645-3999
www.envsci.buffalo.edu
(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 40.0699 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other)
Published: August 21, 2017 08:50:58 AM