Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option: Most candidates for the master’s degree complete 24 credits in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in a program of study organized in cooperation with the graduate advisor and submit a thesis for six credits. The thesis will consist of an independent theoretical, laboratory or field investigation supervised by a faculty advisor. The thesis option totals 30 credits.

Credit Option: Students selecting the credit option will be required to complete 36 credits of approved course work. The option will be selected with the consent of the student’s advisor and must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students selecting the credit option must pass a written comprehensive examination during the final semester of study.

For students with an interest in Environmental Studies, the following sequence of courses is recommended:

Course NumberTitleCredits
EAS A1300Environmental Geochemistry


EAS A2300Subsurface Remediation


EAS B4500Hydrology


EAS B4600Groundwater Hydrology


EAS B6500Environmental Geophysics


EAS B8800Climate and Climate Change


EAS B4400Global Environmental Hazards


EAS A7200Environmental Project


EAS B9503Thesis Research


EAS B9503 taken over the course of 2 semesters.

Additional Requirements

Any basic courses must be completed with at least a grade of B before the student is permitted to register beyond 15 credits, depending on the specialization.

All courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and are subject to the approval of the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee. A maximum of nine credits in other departments or divisions of the College or units of CUNY may be taken toward the M.S. degree.

Foreign Language Proficiency: Not required.

Basic Skills: All graduate students in the Department are expected to acquire basic skills in computer science and numerical data analysis.