Environmental Geoscience Major

With today's many challenging environmental problems, from pollution to climate change, the earth needs a hero. Are you that hero? Environmental Geoscience majors are a blend of deft scientists and passionate conservationists.

The Environmental Geoscience program will prepare you for entrance into graduate programs in the environmental geosciences and for careers as geoscience-oriented environmental scientists with private companies, industry, and state and federal agencies.

Career Potential

  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Watershed specialist
  • Hydrologist or Hydrogeologist

What Will I Learn?

  • Study the environment from a geologic perspective
  • Fieldwork and hands-on learning are infused throughout the program
  • Learn research skills for modern environmental science
  • Develop writing and presentation skills for professional development
  • Interdisciplinary course work in related math and sciences

Special Features

  • Internships with environmental companies and government agencies
  • New laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation
  • Easy access to exceptional field sites in the Finger Lakes and beyond
  • Summer field geology at our own Brauer Field Station
  • Large, engaged alumni network in a wide range of positions

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities:

  • Work with a faculty member on research with opportunities to present your work regionally, nationally or even internationally
  • Become a lab teaching assistant or peer mentor to help other students and gain a deeper understanding of your courses
  • Volunteer for community service with local environmental and school groups

Student Clubs

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Bowers Hall, Room 144
Phone: 607-753-2815

Fast Facts

  • SUNY Cortland owns its own scenic gorge, Hoxie Gorge, just minutes from campus
  • The Cortland Geology Department runs summer programs in field geology at the Brauer Field Station near Albany in an area of outstanding fossil-rich Devonian rocks
  • Bear Swamp on the northwestern edge of Cortland County has a buried crater from a meteorite impact about 444 million years ago
  • The Finger Lakes near Cortland were eroded by an ice sheet and the deepest, Seneca Lake, has a bedrock bottom that is over 1,000 feet below sea level

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120


The Geology Department recognizes excellence by its students with four awards:

  • Maxwell Hawkins Award
  • Graham Heaslip Award
  • John L. Fauth Award
  • James Kradyna Award

Continuing students in the Geology program are eligible for four departmental scholarships:

  • Robert C. Brauer Memorial Scholarship
  • Kronman Family Scholarship
  • James Kradyna Summer Field Camp Scholarship
  • John and Barbara Fauth Geology Scholarship

See all scholarship opportunities

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