The University at Buffalo will add a major in environmental
geosciences to its undergraduate offerings this fall, giving
students another opportunity to study and research topics tied to
the ever-changing environment of Western New York and the
The Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental
geosciences is an interdisciplinary program in UB's College of Arts
Classes and research projects will prepare students for graduate
school or jobs in environmental consulting firms, non-governmental
organizations and governmental environmental agencies working on
problems including sustainable resource management, restoration,
monitoring and mitigation.
Students in the program will receive specialized training
necessary for integrated analysis of environmental systems.
Undergraduates who choose this new major will work with faculty
studying everything from the movement of pollutants in Western New
York aquifers to the ability of reef corals to respond to climate
The environmental geosciences curriculum integrates coursework
from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography,
Geology and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences as well
as Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Majors can choose between three specializations: Ecology and the
Environment, Water and the Environment, and Environmental
Monitoring and Analysis.
Graduates will have a solid foundation in biological, physical
and natural sciences; mathematics and statistics; and analytic and
"The program helps fulfill an increasing regional and global
demand for scientists with quantitative, interdisciplinary training
in environmental geosciences in an age in which stewardship of
natural resources has taken on heightened importance," says Mary
Alice Coffroth, PhD, UB professor of geology and director of
undergraduate studies for the new program.
For more information on the program and how to apply, go to http://www.envsci.buffalo.edu
or email Dr. Coffroth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new major underscores UB's commitment to green initiatives
and campus sustainability, a primary institutional priority that
was formalized when UB President John B. Simpson in March 2007
signed the American College and University Presidents Climate
Commitment (ACUPCC). That commitment pledges the university to
achieving "climate-neutrality," reducing or offsetting all of its
greenhouse gas emissions.