Earth and Environmental Sciences, M.S.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

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.

Earth and Environmental Sciences, M.S.

Where You'll Go

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.

Program 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.

Program Description

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.

Matriculation Requirements

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.”

Program Requirements (30 Credits)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be:

  • able to conduct research or address environmental challenges using appropriate analytical, quantitative, and geo-referencing methodologies;
  • able to communicate effectively within a professional context; and
  • competitive in doctoral applications or job markets.

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Application Deadline—August 1, rolling admission
  • Spring Application Deadline—January 15, rolling admission

Supporting Documents for Matriculation

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree outside the United States need to submit a Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation. See Graduate Admissions for more information.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Required Tests

  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.

Contact

Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng

zcheng@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5416
3131 Ingersoll Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536
E: grads@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:

BC Admissions Appointment Tool

Specializations

Research in Earth and Environmental Science

Required courses:

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.”

Urban Environmental Science

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.

Internships and Employers

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:

  • American Red Cross
  • Athenica Environmental Services
  • CivicPlus
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • LifeSci NYC
  • Memory and Cognition Lab
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • 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

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