Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.S.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

In this major, you’ll explore Earth’s dynamic processes, find fossils and minerals, test waters and analyze soils, examine rock outcrops to understand Earth’s history, and learn how the environment affects humans and how, in turn, humans impact our environment. Our faculty members have experience and skills across the full spectrum of the earth and environmental sciences to help you navigate the rocks, soils, landscapes, coastlines, and waters of New York City and beyond. In the Bachelor of Science degree program, you’ll be required to take more advanced courses than in the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.S.

Where You'll Go

Training in earth and environmental sciences could lead to careers such as technician, scientist, educator, naturalist, and manager. This program will help you develop skills and abilities that are applicable and marketable in a wide variety of jobs, from conservation scientist to science education. Our curriculum will prepare you for a career in the private or public sector, or for an advanced degree from a graduate school.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (64.5–66 Credits)

All of the following:

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences 1101, 1201, 2100, 2200W, 2400, 2500, 3100, 3600, and 3975.
  • At least 18 elective credits in the following courses: any Earth and Environmental Sciences courses numbered 4000 or above, and which may include up to six credits in courses from the following departments after permission of the EESC chair: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Health and Nutrition Sciences, and Physics.
  • One of the following capstone courses: Earth and Environmental Sciences 4010 or 4250.
  • Chemistry 1040, 1100 or its equivalent.
  • Mathematics 1201.
  • Mathematics 1206 or Computer and Information Science 1115 or Earth and Environmental Sciences 2600.
  • Biology 1001 or Physics 1100 or its equivalent or Physics 1150.

All required earth and environmental sciences courses numbered 2000 or higher must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course. A college-wide minimum of 24 credits in advanced courses in Earth and Environmental Science must be completed at Brooklyn College.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for a B.S. degree with a major in earth and environmental sciences must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics; 24 of these 60 credits must be completed in advanced courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. These 24 credits must be completed at Brooklyn College with a grade of C- or higher in each course. Specific course requirements for a B.S. degree are described above.

The following courses may be applied toward the 60 credits in science and mathematics:

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • describe how processes operating at and beneath the Earth’s surface create the Earth’s landscape and materials;
  • describe how processes operating at and beneath the Earth’s surface affect, and are effected by, human activities;
  • provide example as to how physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are applied to the study of Earth;
  • conceptualize the Earth and environment as a set of connected systems;
  • analyze and interpret 3D features/structures; and
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences in a variety of formats.

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Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the earth and environmental sciences B.S. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Athenica Environmental Services
  • CivicPlus
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • LifeSci NYC
  • Memory and Cognition Lab
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • North American Youth Parliament for Water
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • The Surfrider Foundation
  • UnifyImpact
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

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