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Geology, Queens College, City University of New York

Information for this profile was provided by Stephen Pekar in 2009. Information is also available on the program website.

Queens College, City University of New York is a university with graduate programs, primarily masters programs .

Overview and Context

Illustration of the Queens College CUNY geology curriculum, constructed by Monica Bruckner, based on information provided by Stephen Pekar. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The Geology majors are intended to provide for students an in depth background on the processes controlling the evolution of the Earth, its environment, and life through time that take place in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. The SEES offers both BA and BS degrees in Geology as well as MA and MS degrees at the graduate level.
The undergraduate geology curriculum covers the core areas of geological sciences as well as provides opportunities for research and development based on the interests of the students. The undergraduate geology majors serves a wide range of needs of the students ranging from science credits for their education major, those intending to enter the work force in environmental areas, and those who intend to obtain a Ph D for becoming a scientist either in academia or in industry.

Program Design

Goals and Assessment

The undergraduate geology curriculum covers the core areas of geological sciences as well as provides opportunities for research and development based on the interests of the students. The undergraduate geology majors serves a wide range of needs of the students ranging from science credits for their education major, those intending to enter the work force in environmental areas, and those who intend to obtain a Ph D for becoming a scientist either in academia or in industry.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology

Core courses

  • Earth Materials I (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Earth Materials II (Prerequisites: Physical Geology, Earth Materials I.)
  • Surficial Processes and Products (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (Prerequisites: Physical Geology, Historical Geology)
  • Earth's Internal Process (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Dynamics of the Oceans and Atmosphere (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Evolution of Ecosystems (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Geology in the Field (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Geochemistry of the Global Environment (Prerequisite: Physical Geology, chemistry recommended)

Electives

  • Petrography and Petrology (Prerequisite: Earth Materials II)
  • Paleontology (Prerequisite: Historical Geology)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (Prerequisite: Calculus)
  • Principles of Hydrology (Prerequisites: Physical Geology, Chemstiry, Physics)
  • Environmental Geology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Comparative Planetary Geology (Prerequisite: Historical Geology)
  • Geological Reasoning (Prerequisite: senior status)
  • Special Topics in Geology (Prerequisite: senior status)
  • Special Problems (= student research)

Other required courses

  • Mathematics: one semester of calculus for the BA, two for the BS
  • Chemistry: one semester for the BA, two for the BS
  • Physics: one semester for the BA, two for the BS
  • Computer Science: one semester
  • Statistics: one semester

Additional Materials

Graduate Geology curricula at SEES (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB May9 09)


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