Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Environmental Geosciences - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS


Students interested in a degree in Environmental Geosciences are encouraged to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. When the students are accepted into the major, they will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to design a course of study that matches their needs within the degree guidelines. As appropriate, the student may be reassigned an advisor whose specialties are aligned with the students interests.

Students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester prior to registering for the following semester. At the time of the advisement appointment, the student's academic record (all university, general education, and departmental requirements) is reviewed and any concerns are discussed.

Transfer Policy

The University has articulation agreements with several local colleges. Students should consult with the advisement office at their present college for more details. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services Office at UB also may be consulted. To request a transfer of credit for a course not listed at either advisement office, submit a request to the Director of Undergraduate Studies along with a course description from the college catalog and a course syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Environmental Geosciences - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Admission to the program is contingent on completion of the prerequisites with a 2.0 minimum GPA and a 2.0 minimum overall GPA.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major to graduate with an Environmental Geosciences degree.


GLY 101-GLY 102 or GEO 101-GEO 106
BIO 200 or equivalent

Required Courses

Core Science Courses
CHE 101-102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107- CHE 108
PHY 101-PHY 102 or PHY 107-PHY 108

Core Math Courses
MTH 121-MTH 122 or MTH 141-MTH 142

Core Environmental Courses
CIE 340 Environmental Engineering
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GLY 309 Ecology
GLY 462 Environmental Geochemistry
PHI 334 Environmental Ethics

Senior Capstone Course
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management

Elective Requirements
6 courses from the list of electives; 3 must be at the 400-level and no more than 3 per department.
1 elective must focus on field methods and data collection.
Independent Study or Honors can be counted toward specialization with approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, but no more than 3 credits of Independent Study or Honors may be used for elective requirements.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 79
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 9
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Environmental Geosciences BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Electives and Course Groupings

Specialization Tracks
The specialization tracks are designed to provide students with a background in a single aspect of environmental sciences, enabling students to more readily compete in the job market or attend graduate school. Each track requires a minimum of 4 courses from a given track plus 2 additional electives (6 total); 3 of the 6 must be at the 400 level and no more than 3 courses of the 6 can be taken from a single department. The tracks given below are intended only as examples and are subject to future revision as new courses are added to the curriculum. Students are not required to select a specialization track.

Ecology and the Environment
GLY 310 Ecological Methods
GLY 409 Advanced Ecology
GLY 411 Marine Ecology
GLY 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
BIO 456 Evolutionary Genetics
BIO 458 Molecular Ecology
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
CIE 441 Ecological Engineering

Water and the Environment
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology

Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHE 413- CHE 414Instrument Analysis and Lab
CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollution
GLY 310 Ecological Methods
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GLY 465 Environmental Remote Sensing
GEO 350 Field and Laboratory Techniques

Environmental Science Electives
BIO 369 The Biology of Microbes
BIO 456 Evolutionary Genetics
BIO 458 Molecular Ecology
BIO 497 Dept. Honors thesis/project
BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Independent Study
CIE 441 Ecological Engineering
GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 347 Climatic Geomorphology
GEO 350 Landform Field and Laboratory Techniques*
GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 444 Advanced Earth System Science
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology
GEO 483 Remote Sensing
GEO 499 Independent Study
GLY 310 Ecological Methods*
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I
GLY 313 Surface Processes and Hydrology II
GLY 409 Advanced Ecology
GLY 411 Marine Ecology
GLY 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology*
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GLY 453 Quaternary Dating and Paleoclimate
GLY 463 Advanced Environmental Hydrogeology I
GLY 464 Advanced Environmental Hydrogeology II
GLY 465 Environmental and Geological Remote Sensing
GLY 499 Independent Study
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management

* GEO 350, GLY 310 or GLY 412 will satisfy the field methods and data collection elective requirement.

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55