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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies - BA

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The major offers two concentrations which are organized to promote an intensive understanding of contemporary physical science, specifically earth system science as it relates to environmental issues, and an intensive understanding of a system-based approach to the dynamic nature of human-environmental interactions particularly as manifest in contemporary politics and economics. The concentrations are Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Management and Policy. It is suggested that students select a concentration as they enter the major with the understanding that the choice is not final at this stage and students can switch concentrations as they advance in the program. To aid in this process, the curriculum offers a common core of required courses, as well as sufficient overlap within the required elective courses. It is strongly recommended that students considering this major meet with the adviser to discuss their interests and program of studies as courses may be added or deleted as the college’s and department’s offerings change. One or more courses not listed below may be included in a student’s concentration with the advice and consent of the adviser.

  1. Environmental Earth Science Concentration 
  2. Environmental Management and Policy Concentration 


Students can receive from one to four credits for internships in government agencies, consumer and activist groups, business and industry and media organizations involved in energy issues (e.g., Council on the Environment of NYC, Energy Task Force, NY State Assembly, Sierra Club, International Earthcare Center, NY State Department of Energy, Brooklyn Union Gas, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the American Museum of Natural History).

Minor in Environmental Studies

A minor in environmental studies consists of a minimum of 12 credits as follows

Minor in Geology

A minor in geology consists of 12 credits selected from GEOL prefix courses

Additional Information

If after taking a number of geology courses at Hunter, a student wishes to concentrate in geology, it is recommended that the student transfer to a unit of CUNY offering a geology major or take courses on permit at other CUNY units as elective credits.

Preparation for Graduate Work in Teaching Earth Science

For students planning to pursue an MA degree for teachers of earth science, grades 7-12, it is recommended that they complete the following undergraduate work: a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 2.8 or better in their science courses and in their overall undergraduate work; a major of at least 30 credits in arts and sciences.

At least 21 credits in

  • geology,
  • physical geography,
  • earth science or environmental science, including geographic techniques;
  • general education core in the liberal arts and sciences that includes
    • 6 credits in English,
    • 6 credits in mathematics/technology,
    • 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or geography),
    • 6 credits in the arts and
    • 6 credits in a language other than English.

It is recommended, but not required, that the criteria above be satisfied using

  • electives selected from GEOL, PGEOG and GTECH courses;
  • a minor in geology;
  • GER core requirement laboratory science chosen from
    • chemistry,
    • physics or
    • biology and
  • GER core requirement non-laboratory science chosen from
    • astronomy,
    • oceanography,
    • statistics or mathematics.

For further information on the education requirements, students should see an adviser in the School of Education.

Honors Work and Individual Study

To graduate with departmental honors, a major in the geography or environmental studies program must be admitted to


Several courses offer students an opportunity to study geography, geology and environmental situations in the field. They are usually offered during intersession periods, summer session or on weekends (consult Schedule of Classes). In addition to the regular field courses, special-topic field courses are offered periodically and fieldwork is conducted in connection with a number of the other courses. The department participates in the Study Abroad Program. It offers a field geography of selected world regions course (check with adviser for current location). An additional fee for transportation, lodging and food allowance is attached to these courses, depending on the focus of the course and its itinerary.

Graduate Study

Graduate-level courses may be taken for credit toward the bachelor’s degree by highly qualified seniors. Written permission must be obtained from the undergraduate and graduate advisers.

Intern Program

Internship provides opportunities for qualified majors and minors in both geography and environmental studies to work in positions of responsibility in professional institutions while earning from 1 to 4 academic credits. See a departmental adviser for details.

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