Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences currently offers two programs of study: BS in Environmental Science and BA in Earth Science. Both engage students through experiential learning, hands-on training, and problem solving in both the laboratory, and field setting. The students are strongly encouraged to pursue one or more minors for increased marketability on the job market, such as Chemistry, Biology, Sustainability, Earth Science, Marine Science, or Environmental Science.

BS in Environmental Science

Provides comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of the natural environment, and challenges it currently faces.  Foundational courses in biology, chemistry, geology, law, combined with environment-oriented upper level courses ensure career versatility in an ever-changing world.  Students will learn how to define environmental problems, gather information, and organize and interpret data. Rigorous scientific investigation, monitoring, and mitigating will be stressed through a strong field research component. This degree is well-suited for students seeking careers in nature protection, environmental consulting, conservation and remediation, as well as entry into graduate school.

BA in Earth Science

Provides the students with an Earth-centered, comprehensive understanding of natural systems and processes, from outer space to subsurface. Courses focus on astronomy, meteorology, geology, oceanography and chemistry with a large number of electives, that can be used towards a double major (Environmental Science or Chemistry) and expand future career options. The degree is suitable for those seeking careers in the professional geosciences, entry into graduate school , and it can also be applied to the requirements for teacher certification in Earth Science (double major with Secondary Education).

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Student Spotlight

Phil Ruggiero
Environmental Science/Biology double majorIn middle school, biology and environmental science became two of Phil’s passions. At Dowling, he could not decide which he liked better, so he chose to major in both, with an ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD.  In his free time, Phil enjoys hiking, kayaking, origami, painting and building weird things.

Alumni

Thomas Wilson
Class of 2012
Teacher at Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science in Brooklyn, NY
Heather Moran-Botta
Class of 2009
Project Hydrogeologist at P.W. Grosser and Board Member of the LIAPG
Alexandra Stevens
Class of 2013
Grad student in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at SBU

Faculty

Alexander Smirnov

Chairman and Assistant Professor
of Earth and Marine Science

Office: KSC #106
Office Phone: 631-244-1178
Email: asmirnov@dowling.edu
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Charles Erlanger

Adjunct Professor of
Natural Science

Office KSC #124
Office Phone: 631-244-3011
Email: erlangec@dowling.edu

Jack Monti

Adjunct Assistant Professor
of Earth and Marine Science

Office: KSC #124
Office Phone: 631-244-3011
Email: montij@dowling.edu

Steve Papa

Adjunct Lecturer
of Earth Science

Office KSC #124
Office Phone: 631-244-3011
Email: papas@dowling.edu

George Remmer

Adjunct Lecturer
of Marine and Natural Science

Office KSC #124
Office Phone: 631-244-3011
Email: remmerg@dowling.edu