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Environmental Geoscience

Know your planet, inside and out. Study how Earth’s surface environments are an interconnected series of complex systems and prepare to dive into the challenges of global environmental change.

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Students with this major will:

  • Learn from expert faculty in geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology and geology.
  • Jump into faculty-guided research via laboratory, computational or field studies.
  • Graduate with distinction in environmental geoscience by maintaining a strong GPA and completing a research-based senior thesis project under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Join UGoGeo, an active community of undergraduate geoscience majors.
  • Participate in faculty-led field excursions to unique parts of the world.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses include:

  • History of Earth and Life
  • Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry
  • Earth Science of Energy
  • Hydrogeology
  • Applications of GIS in Earth Sciences

View official B.S. requirements

Practical Experience

  • Explain process-based linkages connecting lithosphere, climate, water and life as illustrated by the Earth system over time.
  • Analyze and interpret general patterns in the history of the Earth-life system using geological records.
  • Describe local and global patterns of climate change and understand both spatial and temporal drivers of the climate system.
  • Infer Earth surface processes and environments and characterize ecosystem properties from field, lab and data-driven observations of sedimentary systems.
  • Use analytical, remote sensing, and/or numerical tools to characterize hydrologic systems in the surface and/or subsurface.
  • Effectively synthesize published literature related to Earth and environmental sciences in a written report and/or a data product.
  • Develop written and verbal communication skills required to effectively convey science to a wide range of audiences.

Study Abroad

  • Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
  • Spend a semester abroad in New Zealand with either a geological or environmental focus. Participate in a five- to six-week field camp and take four courses at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. One of those courses will be a research methods course, using data collected during your field experience.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in environmental geoscience, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Monitoring
  • Remediation
  • Regulation associated with positions in private corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Or pursue a graduate degree. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.