Departmental Merger: Earth Sciences and Geography

The previously independent departments of Earth Sciences and Geography have formed the newly named Geosciences Department.


Geosciences explores Earth's dynamics, from its solid structure to atmospheric processes, examining landscapes, natural resources, environmental hazards, climate change, and the interconnectedness of ecosystems and Earth's human population.

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Earth Sciences and Geology

Earth science majors study the earth as a dynamic, interactive system of land, sea, atmosphere, and solar system. Geology is the study of materials and processes that form and shape the earth.

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Geography and Environmental Geography

Geography examines the physical properties of the Earth's surface and the mosaic of people and cultures spread across it. Environmental Geography focuses on how humans impact, manage, sustain, and conserve the natural environment. 


Related Graduate Programs*

Great Lakes Environmental Science, M.A.

Great Lakes Environmental Science, M.S.

Great Lakes Environmental Science M.S. 4+1 Pathway

Multidisciplinary Studies, M.A., M.S.

Science Education, M.S. Ed. 

*Geosciences students are well-prepared for graduate work—including Buffalo State programs like the Great Lakes Environmental Science M.A., M.S., and 4+1 pathway, and Multidisciplinary Studies which allows students to design their own program based on their specific academic interests and career goals.

Graduates who intend to become Earth Science teachers continue on to the M.S. in Science Education for certification in secondary teaching.

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Stephen Vermette

Geosciences on CNN!

Buffalo State professor Stephen Vermette was featured in a recent CNN segment on how Buffalo, NY, is considered a refuge from climate change.

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Cody Crist

Our Students

“My entire life, I’ve been curious about what exists outside of our Earth. I wanted to do something with very deep space and something we don’t know much about.”

Cody Crist, Class of 2022
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Special Award: Military Service Recipient

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