Environmental Sciences (Geology)

​College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Encompassing the scientific disciplines of ecology, geology, geography, land and water management, and policy, environmental sciences provides a combination of rigorous scientific research and training.

Focus your learning along one of two available tracks—biology or geology. Gradates of the program have secured careers in environmental engineering, science, forestry, and conservation.

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About the College of Environmental Science and Forestry

For more than a century, ESF has been unique among institutions of higher learning in its singular focus on environmental discovery, learning, and sustainability.

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Sample courses include:

  • Population Biology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Structural Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Air Resources

Practical Experience

Supplemental to the coursework, the environmental sciences program offers extensive field and extracurricular opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.

  • A capstone seminar brings biologists and earth scientists together to discuss and analyze current environmental issues from a wide range of perspectives
  • Participate in weekly discussions with visiting scientists and experts.
  • The Geology Club, which divides time among social, service, and education events, including hiking in the Adirondacks and spring break in Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico.

Study Abroad

Study abroad during your college years to build your resume and challenge your perspective. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Environmental sciences students typically study abroad in Santiago, Florence, and London.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in environmental sciences, you’ll be prepared for a multitude of professional careers, including:

  • Conservation scientist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental inspector
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forestry technician
  • Wildlife technician
  • Sustainable agriculturalist

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