GeologyThe Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies offers B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences and B.A. and B.S. degrees in Environmental Studies. Follow this link for details on the undergraduate program in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.
Geological Sciences comprises ten faculty with research interests in Environmental Geosciences; Sedimentology and Surficial Processes; and Geochemistry and Petrology. There are a number of different perspectives within these different focus areas and surprising diversity in research problems tackled. There is flexibility for students to tailor their program of study to their individual professional objectives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our small size fosters close faculty – student interactions at all levels including opportunities for field trips associated with some classes. Highlights of our program include longer field excursions and seminars by noted geologists both underwritten by the Department's Bartle Fund (named in honor of Binghamton University's first President, the geologist Glenn Bartle).
Our undergraduate programs are built around four core courses designed to give students a breath of knowledge in the geological sciences. Students then choose an advanced track with course programs that emphasize Environmental Geoscience, Geophysics, or more traditional Geology. Undergraduates are encouraged to become involved in research and many continue on for advanced degrees in geoscience.
Our M.S. degree is intended to prepare students for a job in industry or as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. degree either at Binghamton or another university. The Ph.D. is intended to train future government research scientists, industry research scientists, or academic scientists. Both of our advanced degrees are based on a breadth of coursework coupled with a thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) both of which comprise publishable work in one of our subdisciplines: Environmental Geosciences; Sedimentology and Surficial Processes, or Geochemistry and Petrology.