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The master’s program in earth and environmental sciences explores earth’s dynamic processes while teaching how the environment affects humans and how, in turn, human activities have impacted our environment. You will work toward solutions for offsetting these environmental impacts as you develop marketable skills such as sampling procedures, quantitative analysis, chemical analytical techniques, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.
The M.S. degree program in earth and environmental sciences has two specializations: 1) a research-focused M.S. degree for those students seeking career advancement or entry into a doctoral program, and 2) a nonthesis degree in urban environmental science. The programs are designed to prepare you for a career in government or the private sector, or for an advanced degree from a graduate school, and includes a full term of program and career planning and advisement.
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.
The M.S. degree program in earth and environmental sciences has two specializations. The research in earth and environmental science specialization of the M.S. degree in earth and environmental sciences is a thesis-based degree emphasizing research and independent work. This specialization prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree at the CUNY Graduate Center or at another university of their choice, and to conduct research at the college and university level, or in industrial, governmental and survey agencies.
Alternatively, the urban environmental science specialization of the M.S. degree in earth and environmental sciences offers advanced instruction that addresses skills and knowledge areas required for careers in the environmental sciences. Depending on the interests of the student, the degree program can include lectures, laboratory work, field work, and seminars. This specialization prepares students for employment in municipal, state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consulting in the environmental, geological and urban planning sectors as well as university-based laboratories.
Applicants must offer an undergraduate major in geology, environmental science, or a related field, completed with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher. General matriculation and admission requirements of graduate studies are in the Bulletin section “Admission.”
Thirty credits in courses in earth and environmental sciences are required for the M.S. degree, in one of two specializations: research in earth and environmental science, or urban environmental science. Courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department offered toward the M.S. degree must be numbered 7100 or above.
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Pertinent courses in other disciplines may be included in the 30 credits with permission of the graduate deputy and the thesis adviser. Students with advanced preparation may substitute other courses for required courses with the permission of the graduate deputy.
Students must complete the thesis proposal course EESC 7150G Research Proposal with a grade of B+ or higher, and defend their thesis proposal to a Thesis Committee consisting of three members, the thesis adviser, one other faculty member from the Department of Earth and environmental Science, and a third Ph.D.-holding member of open affiliation. The membership of the Thesis Committee must be approved by the graduate deputy. Students may enroll in Thesis Research credits only after the thesis proposal is defended and approved.
Information about requirements for the thesis is in the Bulletin section “Academic Regulations and Procedures.”
Required skill-focused courses:
Required science-content courses:
Pertinent courses in other disciplines may be included in the 30 credits with permission of the graduate deputy. Students with advanced preparation may substitute other courses for required courses with the permission of the graduate deputy.
Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in Earth and Environmental Sciences offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each brings a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
Jennifer Cherrier, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at ...
Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, dire...
Brett Branco began his academic career learning about the science of coastal environments, and th...
Peter M. Groffman is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Cen...
Wayne Powell’s scientific research interests involve field- and museum-based isotopic, geoc...
Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the earth and environmental studies M.S. program access to internships at a variety of companies.
Brooklyn College earth and environmental studies alumni have found employment with many organizations, including:
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