This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide students through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between students and their academic advisors. In consultation, a student and advisor will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

The plan below reflects General Education (GE4) requirements in effect as of Fall 2019. Students who matriculated prior to that date will find the previous plan associated with their majors here. For a summary of GE4 requirements, see New Paltz General Education Requirements.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Environmental Geochem Science

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CHE201 General Chemistry I (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
GLG201 Physical Geology (Natural Science Lecture)3
GLG211 Physical Geology Laboratory (Natural Science Lab)1
ENG160 Composition I (prereq, if needed)3
Gen Ed: Humanities3
GEO341 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
CHE202 General Chemistry II (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
MAT251 Calculus I (Mathematics)4
Gen Ed: Basic Communication4

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
GLG311 Mineralogy or BIO340 Ecology4
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I3
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab1
PHY201 General Physics 1 (Natural Science Lecture)3
PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory (Natural Science Lab)1
Diversity course3
GLG303 Geomorphology4
GLG339 Natural Resources and Energy3
MAT241 Intro to Stats or MAT252 Calculus 2 - Note 13-4
PHY202 General Physics 2 (Natural Science Lecture)3
PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab (Natural Science Lab)1

Year 3

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EGS370 Environmental Geochemical Science4
CHE303 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry4
GLG346 (WI) or GEO406 - Note 23
BIO340 Ecology4
Gen Ed: Foreign Language 13
CHE407 Instrumental Techniques4
GLG407 Hydrogeology4
Major Elective - Note 33-4
Gen Ed: United States Studies3
Gen Ed: Foreign Language 23

Year 4

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EGS475 Environmental Geochemical Sciences Research Project 13
Major Elective - Note 33-4
Gen Ed: World Civilizations3
Gen Ed: Social Science3
Writing Intensive (WI) course or elective3
EGS477 Senior Seminar in Environmental Science1
Gen Ed: Western Civilization3
Gen Ed: The Arts3


MAT252 Calculus 2 is strongly recommended for students who would like to go to Graduate School.

Please choose one of the following courses (GEO406 is Writing Intensive):GEO406 Natural Resources: Utilization and Management, GLG346 Environmental Impact Assessment

Choose a minimum of two (2) electives chosen from the following:BIO293 Biology Selected Topic, BIO301 Field Biology Fall, BIO302 Field Biology Spring, BIO303 Field Biology Summer, CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab, CHE319 Organic Chemistry II, CHE321 Physical Chemistry I, CHE461 Biochemistry I, CHE593 Chemistry Selected Topic, EGG250 Energy and the Environment (NSCI), EGS476 Environmental Geochemical Science Research Project 2, GEO382 Remote Sensing, GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation, GLG405 Structure and Tectonics, GLG509 Water Resources Management

Total Credits: 122-125