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Environmental Sciences, Queens College-CUNY

Information for this profile was provided by Gillian Stewart in 2009.

Queens College is a university with graduate programs, primarily masters programs .

Overview and Context

Illustration of the Queens College CUNY environmental sciences curriculum, constructed by Monica Bruckner, based on information provided by Gillian Stewart. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The Environmental Sciences curriculum has just been redesigned and requires mutliple courses in each of the basic sciences: physics, biology, chemistry, and geology. It also requires calculus and a core curriculum of courses covering the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere. It concludes with a topical seminar capstone course addressing current issues in Environmental Science. Please see Environmental Sciences at Queens College (Microsoft Word 33kB May9 09) for more information.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a B.A. and B.S. in Environmental Sciences for students interested in pursuing a career in the Environmental Field. We also offer a B.A. in Environmental Studies for students interested in social aspects of the Environment. And we offer a B.A. and B.S. in Geology. Further, we offer a M.A. in Geology and Environmental Sciences, and a M.S. in Applied Environmental Geosciences.

Program Design

This curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation in the basic sciences while exposing them to the multiple fields of Environmental Science. This is a brand new curriculum; the old Environmental Science curriculum offered "concentrations" in Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, but was dependent on other departments offering supporting courses. We now offer almost all the required courses within our department.

Goals and Assessment

Students should feel comfortable working in the lab or in the field and reading literature about the Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Lithosphere, and Biosphere. We hope that B.S. students would be well-prepared to pursue a higher degree in Environmental Sciences including Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Geology, Hydrology, Soil Science, Microbiology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy, and Environmental Law.

Again, this is a new curriculum. We plan to track the success of our alumni and contact local employers (esp. Environmental Consultants) to ensure that our students have the required skills to go directly into the workforce.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

  • Our Planet in the 21st Century

Core courses (3 required for BA, 4 for BS)

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Surficial Processes
  • The Atmosphere and Oceans
  • Environmental Microbiology


There are numerous courses in Geology (see below), Biology, Chemistry, Urban Studies, Anthropology, English, Philosophy, and Psychology that can be taken as electives. Electives must total 40 credits (about 12 courses) for the BA and 64 credits (about 20 courses) for the BS.
  • Physical Geology
  • Soils in the Environment
  • Meteorology and Climate
  • Limnology
  • Principles of Hydrology
  • Environmental geology
  • Advanced Oceanography
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental Field techniques
  • Advanced Geomicrobiology
  • GIS
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Problem Solving
  • Intro Statistics
  • Historical Geology
  • The Economics of the Environment
  • Philosophy of the Environment
  • Special Topics
  • Special Problems

Other required courses

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • General Biology I and II
  • Calculus I and II
  • General Physics I and II


  • Environmental Problem Solving

Additional Materials

Environmental Sciences at Queens College (Microsoft Word 33kB May9 09)

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