Our department offers majors in Secondary Education Earth Science and Elementary Education Earth Science in conjunction with the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education in the School of Education. The following are the Earth Science components of those majors only, please refer to the School of Education for information on applying to the programs and for additional course requirements.
Physical Geology (GLG220) provides an introduction to the geological sciences and is recommended for entering freshmen. Historical Geology (GLG301) should be taken in the following semester. General Chemistry I (CHM201) and Calculus I (MAT251, if required) should also be taken in the freshman year if possible. A Math Placement Level of 5 (MPL5) is a prerequisite for these majors. This can be met by passing Pre-Calculus (MAT181) with a C- or better. Students accepted into a program with a lower MPL must meet this requirement prior to graduation.
Only one grade below C- will be allowed to count toward the major requirements, all other grades must be C- or better. This exception is made so a D grade in the final semester will not prevent graduation. If D grade is received before the final semester it is recommended that the course be repeated.
Transfer students should complete as many of the cognate courses as possible before entering SUNY New Paltz. Ideally one year each of college level chemistry, physics, and calculus should be completed in addition to a one year laboratory sequence in geology (equivalent to Physical Geology and Historical Geology). Additional courses in astronomy and meteorology are highly recommended.
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 the department chair or advisor before selecting a program or enrolling in coursework.
Please view the Undergraduate Catalog for more Major information.