Montclair State University

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Type: Public; Setting: Urban


Dept of Earth & Environmental Studies
1 Normal Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Telephone: (973) 655-4448
FAX: (973) 655-4072
E-Mail: ophorid@mail.montclair.edu
Website: http://www.csam.montclair.edu/earth/eesweb

 

Admission Procedures

Degree: B.A.

Contact: Dr. Gregory Pope
Fall Deadline: March 01, 2003
Spring Deadline: October 15, 2003
Summer Deadline: March 01, 2003

Degree: B.S.

Contact: Dr. Matthew Gorring
Fall Deadline: March 01, 2003
Spring Deadline: October 15, 2003
Summer Deadline: March 01, 2003

Degree: M.A.

Contact: Dr. Harbans Singh
Fall Deadline: None
Spring Deadline: None
Summer Deadline: None
Required Letters of Recommendation: 2
Additional Admissions Information: TOEFL required for international students

Degree: M.S.

Contact: Dr. Duke Ophori
Fall Deadline: None
Spring Deadline: None
Summer Deadline: None
Required Letters of Recommendation: 2
Additional Admissions Information: TOEFL required for international students

Enrollment and Degrees

Degree Requirements

Degree: B.A.

Field camp/course(s): N
Number of semester hours: 33
Minimum GPA: 2.00
Residence Requirement: Y
Foreign Language: Y
Computer Language: Y
Comprehensive Exam: N
Thesis/Dissertation: N
Other Information: Geography students may also earn a concentration in Urban Studies.

Degree: B.S.
Courses: Invertebrate Paleontology, Historical Geology, Stratigraphy, Physical Geology, Mineralogy, Structural Geology, Petrology
Field camp/course(s): N
Number of semester hours: 38
Minimum GPA: 2.00
Residence Requirement: Y
Foreign Language: Y
Computer Language: Y
Comprehensive Exam: N
Thesis/Dissertation: N
Other Information: 1 year each of physics, chemistry and calculus also required. Geology majors may also earn a Concentration in Environmental Science or a Secondary Earth Science Teaching Certificate. These options require additional Coursework.

Degree: M.A.

Field camp/course(s): N
Number of semester hours: 32
Minimum GPA: 3.00
Residence Requirement: N
Foreign Language: N
Computer Language: N
Comprehensive Exam: Y
Thesis/Dissertation: N
Other Information: Some undergraduate science prerequisites may be required. Certificate in Water Resource Management also available.

Degree: M.S.
Courses: Environmental Geosciences, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Written Comprehensive Exam, Advanced Marine Geology
Field camp/course(s): N
Number of semester hours: 32
Minimum GPA: 3.00
Residence Requirement: N
Foreign Language: N
Computer Language: N
Comprehensive Exam: Y
Thesis/Dissertation: N
Other Information: Students must satisfy undergraduate geology requirements. Certificate in Water Resource Management also available.

Financial Information (including housing)

Estimated Annual Costs

Tuition (in-state):
  • Undergraduate: $4,400.00 per year.
  • Graduate: $4,700.00 per year.
Tuition (out-of-state):
  • Undergraduate: $7,100.00 per year.
  • Graduate: $6,500.00 per year.
Mandatory Fees:
  • Undergraduate: $1,400.00 per year.
  • Graduate: $600.00 per year.
Housing available: Yes
Housing Contact and telephone number: Melinda O'Brien, 973-655-5188/obrienm

Estimated Living Expenses:
  • Room/Board: $6,270.00 per year.
  • Books, etc. for geoscience major: 800.00 per year.

Financial Assistance Available:
University scholarships/Finanical Aid:
Number: 170
Amount:$100,000.00

Department Undergraduate scholarships/Finanical Aid:
Number: 1

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:
Number: 2
Amount: $10,000.00

Tuition waivers are available: Undergraduate tuition based on 32 credits per year. Graduate tuition based on 18 credits per year.

Research Facilities and Support

Average of department's external support from the following sources:

Federal: $100,000.00 per year.
Foundation: $15,000.00 per year.
State: $20,000.00 per year.


Computer Facilities:
Since scientific computing has unique requirements, the College of Science and Mathematics supports its own local area network (SciNet). SciNet consists of a number of state-of-the-art RISC SUN workstations and servers, graphic workstations, IBM PCs and Apple Macintosh microcomputers. Through networking, students in all departments have access to national and international computer networks and bulletin boards. The department maintains 3 separate research and teaching computer laboratories with a total of 28 machines(SUN workstations and IBM PCs) available for student major and graduate student use. Department labs run GIS, remote sensing, hydrologic modeling and other geologic and environmental software. A wide array of peripherals such as large and small format scanners and digitizers, printers and plotters are also available within the department.

Laboratory Facilities:
Students have access to unusually extensive facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, including scanning and transmission electron microscopes, FT-NMR spectrometer, gas chromatograph mass spectrometers, an ICP spectrometer, gamma-ray detector, and a x-ray powder and single crystal diffractometers. The department also maintains research quality petrographic and steroscopic microscopes as well as a cathodoluminoscope. Specialized department field equipment includes a high-end GPS unit, digital tide and current meters; digital and portable 24 channel seismic exploration equipment; digital ground penetrating radar equipment; and digital resistivity and gravity meters. Undergraduate research programs and internships provide students with a unique opportunity to learn how science is accomplished.

Libraries:
The library owns more than a million and a quarter items, with about 385,000 books on the shelves, more than 2,600 periodical subscriptions, 23,000 government documents, and more than 1.5 million non-print items. The Non-Print Department has equipment for use of a collection of video cassettes, records, audio cassettes, filmstrips, soundslide sets, and microforms. As a designated government documents depository, the library receives and makes available for use thousands of Federal and New Jersey State publications. All major geoscience journals are available.

Geologic Area:
Montclair State College is within 100 miles of the Appalachian Plateau, Valley and Ridge, Hudson and New Jersey Highlands, and Coastal Plain provinces. The college is within the Mesozoic Newark Basin. Thus, a wide variety of rocks and formations are readily accessible for field trips and student projects. The region also supports one of the highest concentration of environmental consulting business which provide students in environmental geology and environmental studies internship and job opportunities.

Consortia Participation:
The college is a member of the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium which offers summer courses in biology and geology at both undergraduate and graduate level. The college also maintains a 250 acre residential campus in the northwestern portion of the state used for research, teaching and environmental education. The deprtment also maintains a close association with the Sterling Mineral Museum for research and teaching purposes.

Industry Partnerships:
Cooperative Education is an experiential education program designed to integrate academic study with supervised and salaried work experiences. The Program is open to all undergraduate degree-seeking students who have earned 45 credits and maintain a 2.0 GPA. Academic credit is awarded upon successful completion of a co-op term. Interested students should contact the Cooperative Education office early in their academic career to plan for a co-op term. The office is located in the Student Center Annex, Room 104, (201) 655-4426.

Faculty Teaching and Research Specialties

  • Black, Kathryn, , (973) 655-4448, (FAX) 9736554072, M.S., 1966, Oklahoma, Teaching: Physical Geography, World Geography, Historical Geography (North America),
  • Chopping, Mark J, T, 973-655-4448, (FAX) 973-655-4072, choppingm@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1998, Nottingham, Teaching: Geographic Information Systems, Research: Satellite and airborne remotes sensing, GIS, land cover use and analysis, multispectral techniques.
  • Feng, Zhaodong, U, (973) 655-7811, (FAX) 9736554072, fengz@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1992, Kansas, Teaching: Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis, Fluvial Geomorphology, Environmental Modeling, Climate Change, Research: Environmental change, human-environment interactions, semiarid environments, quaternary studies, GIS applications in geomorphology and environmental studies.
  • Feng, Huan E, T, (973) 655-7549, (FAX) 9736554072, fengh@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1997, SUNY (Stony Brook), Teaching: Environmental Geochemistry, Marine Sciences, Research: Environmental biogeochemistry of riverine, estuarine and coastal environments; environmental quality assessment and management.
  • Gorring, Matthew L, U, (973) 655-5409, (FAX) 9736554072, gorringm@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1997, Cornell, Teaching: Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology., Research: Igneous petrology, geochronology, radiogenic isotopes, high-temperature geochemistry and tectonics; ICP spectrometry.
  • Kruge, Michael A, T, 973-655-7668, (FAX) 973-655-4390, krugem@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1985, California (Berkeley), Teaching: Organic Geochemistry, Low Temperature Inorganic Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Petroleum Geology, Research: Organic geochemistry of peat, coal, petroleum, petroleum sources rocks, oil shales, and sediments; biogeochemistry; gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
  • Lincoln, Jonathan M, U, (973) 655-7273, (FAX) 9736554072, lincolnj@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1990, Northwestern, Teaching: Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Environmental Geophysics, Research: Shallow marine stratigraphy, Environmental geophysics.
  • Ophori, Duke U, U, (973) 655-7558, (FAX) 9736554072, ophorid@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1986, Alberta, Teaching: Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Ground Water Modeling, Research: Hydrogeology, groundwater flow modeling in fractures and non-fractured media, nuclear waste disposal.
  • Pope, Gregory A, U, (973) 655-7385, (FAX) 9736554072, popeg@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1994, Arizona State, Teaching: Meteorology, air resources, soil science, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, Research: Mineral weathering processes, geomorphology, geoarchaeology.
  • Sato, Yoko, U, (973) 655-4448, (FAX) 9736554072, satoy@mail.montclair.edu, M.S., 2000, Montclair State, Teaching: Physical Geology,
  • Singh, Harbans, U, (973) 655-7383, (FAX) 9736554072, singhh@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1973, Rutgers, Teaching: Environmental Law, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Policy and Problem Solving,
  • Solecki, William, U, (973) 655-5129, (FAX) 9736554072, soleckiw@mail.montclair.edu, Ph.D., 1990, Rutgers, Teaching: Environmental Management, Geographic Information Systems, Water resource Management, Research: Evironmental management, land use planning, risk assessment, climate change impact on urban areas.
  • Sternberg, Rolf, U, (973) 655-7386, (FAX) 9736554072, Ph.D., 1971, Syracuse, Teaching: Economic Geography, Human Geography, Transportation Geography, World resources., Research: Energy resource assessment in Latin America
  • Taylor, Robert W, U, (973) 655-4129, (FAX) 9736554072, Ph.D., 1971, St. Louis, Teaching: Environmental Communications, Human Environment, Urban Studies, Research: Environmental Public Policy, regional planning and urban development, urban environmental issues, environmental business policy.
  • Thiruvathukal, John V, U, (973) 655-4417, (FAX) 9736554072, Ph.D., 1968, Oregon State, Specialty: General Geophysics
  • Tomaso, Matthew S, U, (973) 655-7990, tomasom@mail.montclair.edu, M.S., 1995, Texas, Teaching: Historical Geology, Geoarchaeology, Archaeological field School, Research: Geoarcheology, Carribean and Northeastern U.S. prehistory and history.
  • Valenti, Christine, U, (973) 655-4448, (FAX) 9736554072, M.S., 1997, Montclair State, Teaching: Physical and Environmental Geology, Natural Disasters,

Departmental Geoscience Specialties

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate:
Field Geology, Geomorphology, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Remote Sensing, Soil Science, Invertebrate Paleontology, Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Geohydrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Research Design, Senior Research Thesis, Physical Geology, Field Methods, Structural Geology, Energy Resources, Fluvial Geomorphology and Hillslope Processes, Meteorology, Environmental Geochemistry, Senior Seminar, Oceanography, Analytical Techniques in Environmental Sciences, Senior Internship, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy, Climatology, Hydrology, Environmental Law, Coastal Marine Geology

Graduate:
Environmental Geosciences, Field Geology, Paleoecology & Paleoclimatology, Remote Sensing, Applied Groundwater Modeling, Masters Thesis, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Environmental Systems Data and Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Geophysics, Research Design, Field Methods, Graduate Seminar, Written Comprehensive Exam, Tectonics/Earth History, Environmental Geochemistry, Conservation of Natural Resources, Advanced Marine Geology, Environmental Problem Solving, Environmental Change and Communication, Water Resource Managment, Coastal Geomorphology, Natural Resource Management, Urban Studies and Policy Analysis, Air Resource Management, Waste Management

Degree Specialties:
Earth Science Teaching/Education, Environmental Geology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Environmental Management

Historical Department Enrollment and Degrees Granted

Enrollment and Degrees Granted data are as reported by the department. Empty cells indicate no data reported for that year.

Category1981-19821982-19831983-19841984-19851985-19861986-19871987-19881988-19891989-19901990-19911991-19921992-19931993-19941994-19951995-19961996-19971997-19981998-19991999-20002000-20012001-2002
Undergraduate Enrollment2525911212275545848
Graduate Enrollment23171111379806140
Bachelor's Granted511320161912
Master's Granted31132241719