Phone: (845) 257-3760
Location: Wooster Science Building, Room 202
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/envscience

Environmental Geochemical Science (EGS) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program administered by the Department of Geology, focusing on the environmental aspects of Geology and Chemistry. Through formal courses, laboratories, and research projects, students develop an awareness of the geological and chemical processes that impact society and the environment. Both a major and a minor in Environmental Geochemical Science are offered.

In the major program, a sophomore-level survey course, EGS370 Environmental Geochemical Science, draws on the foundation courses to bring together a truly interdisciplinary view of environmental science. Students will see how the different sciences must be combined to understand and address environmental problems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the roles of chemistry, geology, and environmental engineering. In the senior year, students will engage in a full-year Senior Research Project under the supervision of a faculty mentor or an experienced regional scientist. During the spring term of the senior year, oral presentations of student research projects will be made in a Senior Seminar. This seminar will also feature guest scientists who will relate their own work in environmental science.

The EGS major program is a rigorous four-year sequence in science and mathematics, so it is essential that interested students seek advising early in their college studies. First-year students should take GLG201 Physical Geology and GLG211 Physical Geology Laboratory, CHE201 General Chemistry I and CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab, and MAT251 Calculus I in their first semester, followed by PHY201 General Physics 1 and PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory, CHE202 General Chemistry II and CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab, and MAT252 Calculus II in their second semester.

Transfer students should complete the above first-year requirements before entering SUNY New Paltz and should additionally take one year of calculus-based physics, a course in statistics, a laboratory course in historical geology, and organic chemistry.

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the Environmental Geochemical Science major or minor.

This information is provided as a resource for students to aid in selecting a major or degree track. Students should, however, obtain a current plan of study form and consult with an advisor before selecting a program or enrolling in coursework. Complete advising guidelines may be obtained from the Department of Geology or by consultation with the Director of the Environmental Geochemical Science program: Prof. Shafiul Chowdhury, chowdhus@newpaltz.edu, (845) 257-2618.

BIO340Ecology 4
CHE201General Chemistry I 3
CHE202General Chemistry II 3
CHE211General Chemistry I Lab1
CHE212General Chemistry II Lab1
CHE303Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 4
CHE306Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHE318Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE407Instrumental Techniques 4
EGS coursesSee descriptions below
GEO341Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GLG201Physical Geology3
GLG211Physical Geology Laboratory1
GLG339Natural Resources and Energy 3
GLG346Environmental Impact Assessment3
GLG407Hydrogeology4
GLG475Geology Research Project 1 3
GLG476Geology Research Project 2 3
MAT241Introduction to Statistics3
MAT251Calculus I 4
MAT252Calculus II 4
PHY201General Physics 13
PHY202General Physics 23
PHY211Physics 1 Laboratory1
PHY212General Physics 2 Lab1

EGS370. Environmental Geochemical Science. 4 Credits.

A survey course covering the broad scope of environmental science and engineering, including air pollution, water pollution, water quality control, environmental chemistry, global atmospheric change, solid waste management and resource recovery. Case studies and outside speakers. COURSE FEE.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

  • CHE202 Minimum Grade of C-
  • GLG201 Minimum Grade of C- or GLG 220 Minimum Grade of C-
May not be repeated for credit

EGS475. Environmental Geochemical Sciences Research Project 1. 3 Credits.

Students will undertake a two semester research project, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, focusing on a detailed examination of a real world environmental problem. The project will culminate in a written document and an oral presentation in the Senior Seminar.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must be enrolled in the following class: Senior
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Environmental Geochem Science (519)
    • Geology (510)
May not be repeated for credit

EGS476. Environmental Geochemical Science Research Project 2. 3 Credits.

Continuation of EGS475.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

EGS477. Senior Seminar in Environmental Science. 1 Credit.

a series of presentations by senior students and by invited speakers. In the course, students nearing graduation present the findings of their senior project. On alternate weeks, invited professionals from the environmental sciences present relevant aspect of their work.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in one of the following classes: Sophomore, Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Environmental Geochem Science (519)
    • Geology (510)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit