Earth and Sky Program at SUNY Cortland
A Science First Program
Earth and Sky is a unique opportunity for first-year students at SUNY Cortland to take classes together as a group interested in exploring the natural sciences. Classes are small and students and faculty work together. This is a chance to get started at Cortland in a positive way, satisfying several college requirements and working together with a number of similarly interested students.
Earth and Sky is not a major, but a way of grouping courses with overlapping interests together into a first semester program. The courses focus on the natural, earth, and environmental sciences and space science. The program is taught by a mixture of senior and junior faculty with backgrounds in a variety of subjects. All courses are entry level for freshman and the only prerequisite is an interest in science and a desire to strengthen ones mathematical, observational, and technological skills.
GLY 261: Physical Geology
PHY 150: Astronomy
EST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
COR 101: The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar
Earth and Sky Faculty
Dr. Chris Cirmo
Professor and Chair
voice: (607) 753-2924
Dr. Robert S. Darling
voice: (607) 753-2923
Dr. Gayle Gleason
Structural Geology/Experimental Rock Deformation
voice: (607) 753-2816
Advantages of Science First
Who should enroll in the program?
You should! This is a one-semester experience designed for students just out of high school. The topics are interesting and you will satisfy all sorts of college requirements in the first semester. Students enjoy being able to take classes with the same group of students and with highly motivated faculty.