Geology and Environmental Sciences



Environmental Sciences (ESCI)


Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.A.)

Environmental Studies minor (ENVS)

Geographic Information Systems minor (GIS)


Sierra Kaufman & Brittany O'Brien
Sierra Kaufman (left) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Planetary Geology at Brown University. Brittany O'Brien (right) has received a GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Award and begins work on her graduate degree in Geographic Information Science at the University at Buffalo this Fall.

Zakkary Hess

Dr. Gary Lash hosted Dr. Yiwen Ju of the University of Chinese Academy of Science (UCAS) and his colleagues in May to collect samples from the black shale units in western New York for analysis in Beijing. Dr. Ju and his team are interested in similarities between the Middle and Upper Devonian black shale deposits of the Appalachian Basin and basin deposits in China. Dr. Lash has been invited to Beijing as a visiting professor at the UCAS.



Welcome to the Fredonia Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences.

Our department includes programs focused on the Earth, its processes and the impact we have on the Earth system, including geology, environmental sciences, geochemistry, (GIS) geographic information systems, environmental studies, climate and weather, and even the study of other planets. Our introductory and upper level courses cover a wide array of these exciting topics and encourage students to better understand the world around them.

Fredonia offers these degree programs in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences: B.S. Geology, B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Sciences, B.S. Geochemistry, B.S. Earth Sciences Adolescence Education, B.A. Earth Science, and minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Studies.

Geologists and Environmental Scientists are employed in a variety of settings, including environmental consulting, natural resource management, petroleum and base-metal exploration, civil engineering, information science, urban and regional planning, and other areas. Opportunities also exist in education and with government agencies. Opportunities for employment in the Earth Sciences has never been better, given current economic and environmental realities.



Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences

205 Jewett Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3303
(716) 673-3347 Fax