Earth Science Major
What Will I Learn?
The program includes a sequence of geology courses with additional courses in hydrology, meteorology, astronomy and biology that are required by New York State Education Department. The program has flexibility, making it possible for you to enter the geology consulting field instead of teaching. In addition, the earth science major leads to qualifying you for licensure as a professional geologist.
Upon graduation, you can enter SUNY Plattsburgh’s master’s program in adolescence education for earth science.
What is Unique About Our Program?
Our location at the foothills of Adirondack Mountains provides easy access to a 6-million acre natural laboratory for our students.
A wealth of applied learning opportunities are available to students in the earth science program. Students complete summer internships at the Vermont Geological Survey. Students also have the opportunity to assist professors with current research that studies the Adirondacks and groundwater contamination issues in Vermont.
You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities, including:
- Rock preparation laboratory, sedimentology and a geo-engineering lab, a suite of geophysical instruments for well logging and an experimental well field with more than 25 wells that are used for research and teaching.
- Remote Sensing and GIS laboratories.
- The Ecosystem Studies Field laboratory at the the Altona Flatrock Pine Barrens with extensive hydrologic instrumentation.
- The Lake Champlain Research Institute with limnological research vessels.
- Environmental Chemistry laboratories equipped for work in biogeochemistry and watershed science.