Students in Hofstra University's Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability study the materials, processes and history of our planet and how to best manage natural and human resources for the future. Our professors are teachers and practitioners who apply their expertise to both regional and local projects, engaging our students in cutting-edge field and laboratory research.
On campus, students work in well-equipped laboratories for sedimentology and paleontology, a mineralogy laboratory equipped for X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence analysis, and laboratories for digital microscopy and geological cartography. The use of all these resources is encouraged and facilitated by department faculty.
Outside of the classroom our students have participated in research at one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, mapped the bedrock geology of New York City, tested for environmental contamination, and sampled coastal marshes for evidence of prehistoric hurricanes. Trips to geological sites in New England, Arizona, Wyoming, California, and Ecuador are a regular part of our curriculum.
The Sustainability Studies Program at Hofstra University takes advantage of its Long Island, N.Y. location to focus on sustainability issues that are unique to the suburbs and metro areas. Students with an entrepreneurial bent will find a curriculum and professors who encourage them to find creative solutions to real-world problems. The program also partners with Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies on conferences and research that bring global environmental and sustainability experts to campus. We offer a BS and BA major and a minor in Sustainability Studies. Student initiative is a big part of the sustainability program. Students work on real sustainability issues on campus such as recycling, energy, and transportation. They also tend a garden that produces food for the university's eateries. Many students also live in a special residence hall devoted to sustainable living. Students have the opportunity to take credits for internships at leading green businesses, consulting firms, and non-profits.
Dr. Charles Merguerian
Professor and Chair
141 Gittleson Hall