Overview of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
Students in Hofstra University's Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability study the materials, processes and history of our planet, including the human impact on Earth systems and how to best manage natural resources and systems for the future. Sustainability Studies focuses on areas of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, waste management, and urban planning in the context of economic and social equity, sustainable development, and environmental stewardship.
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 to better understand both Earth and human systems and to solve pressing problems in their fields.
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 advanced digital microscopy and geographic information systems (GIS). The use of all these resources is encouraged and facilitated by department faculty.
Students studying Geology and Environmental Resources focus on pure and applied research on the Earth and Earth resources, taking advantage of the diverse range of geological formations and interesting geological problems in the New York metropolitan region and beyond. 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, investigated groundwater and soil contamination in the suburbs of Long Island, and sampled coastal marshes for evidence of prehistoric hurricanes. Trips to geological sites in the mid-Atlantic and 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.