Department: Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences offers courses designed to meet the needs of students in the programs in Elementary Education and Secondary School Education, Social Studies (Geography), and Earth Science and General Science (Geology and Weather and Climate).

The EEGS Department also offers a Master's of Science in Geographic Information Science (MS-GISc) and an Advanced Certificate in GISc.

The MS-GISc Program leads to a Master's of Science in GISc, and requires 40 credits of coursework. The program is intended to prepare students to meet the demands and challenges of theoretical and applied research, planning, and management careers in the field of geospatial sciences and the affiliated disciplines of public health, environmental analysis, conservation and natural resource management, epidemiology, ecology, urban planning, hazard and risk assessment, emergency response, demographics, criminal justice, homeland security, public policy and administration, transportation planning, engineering, international relief organizations, and geomatic technologies.

The curriculum of the MS-GISc program is comprised of three key elements: 4 core courses (14 credits), 5-6 electives (18 credits), and an 8-credit capstone research experience, with options for either a traditional Master's Thesis, or a combination of an applied research project and professional experience through an internship, (PEAR option –Professional Experience and Applied Research-PSM) for a total of 40 credits to complete the degree.

The MS-GISc (PEAR Option) is recognized as a Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program by the National PSM Association.

The Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc) consists of 17-20 credits of graduate-level coursework, and builds on the strengths of Lehman's Masters of Science Program in GISc (MS-GISc). This Certificate is designed to attract and prepare professionals in the New York City metropolitan region and beyond who work in the various fields involving spatial information, such as urban planning, environmental management, public health, engineering, and sustainable development, for new or augmented careers incorporating GISc. It is intended to give the students the opportunity to develop or upgrade their skills and knowledge of GISc especially as applied to their particular fields. The GISc Certificate Program courses also can be applied toward the MS-GISc graduate degree if the courses comply with the College's transfer of credit or change of degree policies.

Doctoral Program Participation - The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences (EEGS) participates in the Earth and Environmental Sciences doctoral program and the Public Health doctoral program of the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York. A description of these programs, including admission requirements, may be found in the Bulletin of The Graduate School of The City University of New York. The CUNY Graduate Center offers courses and research training leading to the Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the DPH in Public Health. The EEGS Department offers doctoral level courses in these programs taught at Lehman College, through the CUNY Graduate Center. Students in CUNY Doctoral Programs may obtain the Advanced Certificate in GISc as an "en route" diploma to the doctoral degree.