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Geological Sciences Graduate Geoclub rafting trip at Letchworth State Park, May 2017
The Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies offers B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences and B.A., B.S., and M.S. degrees in Environmental Studies. Follow this link for details on the degree programs in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.
Geological Sciences comprises thirteen faculty with research interests in Environmental Geosciences; Sedimentology and Surficial Processes; Geochemistry and Petrology; Structural Geology and Basin Analysis. There are a number of different perspectives within these different focus areas and great 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 breadth 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 the geosciences.
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 at another university. The Ph.D degree is intended to train future academic geoscientists, industry research geoscientists, or government research geoscientists. 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.