Welcome to the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies!

You’ve made an excellent choice to pursue a degree and a career in one of the most exciting, diverse, and rewarding fields of study. The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies has the dual benefits of a small department where our students and faculty members know each other by name, but one that is large in stature through our world-class faculty who provide hands-on learning experience in projects supported by NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and carried out in study areas including the Alaska Arctic Tundra, Antarctica, and every place in between.

To get started, please visit the EAES "Who is my program advisor?" page to identify your faculty advisor and please follow the guidelines below.

To Do List for Incoming Freshmen:

Freshmen majoring in Earth and Environmental Science, Sustainability Science, or Geography are placed into learning communities and assigned a package of courses for the Fall semester as shown in the table below. All freshmen are required to complete the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) prior to registering for course work. The purpose of this test is to determine your starting courses in writing and mathematics. In addition, Earth and Environmental Science and Sustainability Science students must complete the Chemistry Readiness Test to determine the level of chemistry that you are prepared to take now.

Earth and Environmental Studies has a mandatory advising policy for all students. Every semester you will meet with your advisor to select your courses for the following semester, and provide you with a PIN code to access the NEST registration system. Please visit the EAES "Who is my program advisor?" page to identify your advisor.

Freshmen Learning Community Courses for EAES Majors
BS Earth and Environmental ScienceBA GeographyBS Sustainability Science
GNED199 New Student Seminar GNED199 New Student Seminar GNED199 New Student Seminar
EAES105 Physical Geology EAES101 Planet Earth EAES101 Planet Earth
EAES170 World Geography EAES160 Human Environment EAES160 Human Environment
ENWR105 Composition I ENWR105 Composition I ENWR105 Composition I
General Education Course or Math course General Education Course General Education Course or Math course

To Do list for Current MSU students Declaring an EAES Major:

The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies advisors are happy to meet with prospective majors and discuss which of our three programs is right for you and your career goals. Please contact the Department chairperson, Dr. Brachfeld (brachelds@mail.montclair.edu), or one of the program advisors to set up a meeting. Students majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and Sustainability Science must complete the Chemistry and Math readiness tests. Geography majors please consult with your advisor regarding the readiness tests.

Our recommendations for your first semester of coursework are outlined in the table below.

To Do List for Transfer Students entering an EAES degree program:

Attend a Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) at your earliest opportunity. An EAES representative will meet with you during the advising session to help you select your courses and plan your schedule. Students majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and Sustainability Science must complete the Chemistry and Math readiness tests. Geography majors please consult with your advisor regarding the readiness tests.

If you earned an Associates degree (AA or AS) comprised of 60 credits at a New Jersey community college, your General Education requirements at MSU are waived. Upon arrival at MSU you will complete the World Languages and Cultures requirements and your major requirements.

Transfer credits noted “DPT” on your audit require further evaluation to identify their MSU equivalencies. Please bring your course syllabi to the orientation, and the EAES representative will advise you on the next steps.

First Semester Courses for Newly Declared EAES majors and Transfer Students
BS Earth and Environmental ScienceBA GeographyBS Sustainability Science
EAES105 Physical Geology EAES101 Planet Earth EAES101 Planet Earth
CHEM106 or CHEM120 (pending readiness test results EAES160 Human Environment EAES160 Human Environment
MATH100 or MATH111 (pending readiness test results) EAES170 World Geography CHEM106 or CHEM120 (pending readiness test results
EAES elective or GNED course EAES elective or GNED course MATH100 or MATH111 (pending readiness test results)
EAES elective or GNED course EAES elective or GNED course EAES elective, Sustainability Collateral course, or GNED course