Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences


The mission of the Department is to prepare students for challenging entry level jobs in computer science, telecommunications, applied sciences and environmental/health fields, as well as for graduate programs in environmental science, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, education and computer science.

Department Goals

  • To develop in our students high-level skills, such as problem solving, reasoning, and the ability to engage in research;
  • To prepare students for advanced study in graduate programs in Environmental Science and Computer Science as well as B.S. degree programs in Chemistry, Physics and Engineering;
  • To prepare students to compete for well-paying positions in the applied and environmental sciences; and
  • To prepare our students such that they may create their own position in society (e.g. consulting, entrepreneurship) regardless of the economic climate.

About the Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences

The Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences (PECS) and its faculty is dedicated teaching and research in the physical sciences and technology. The Department offers select programs as well as degrees in the following:
  1. Baccalaureate of Science degree (BS) in Environmental Science
  2. Baccalaureate of Science degree (BS) in Computer Science
  3. Associate of Science (AS) degrees in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

This Baccalaureate Degree Program in Environmental Science stresses that environmental science is about much more than science. It is also about ethics, responsibility, and values, as well as sociology, politics, law, and business. For graduates to be effective in the work place, this interdisciplinary perspective must always be
in focus. Numerous job opportunities are available for Environmental Science graduates in industry and at various levels in local, state, regional and federal governments. Environmental Science graduates may find immediate employment in areas indicated below, as businesses both large and small continue to comply with government regulations.
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • OSHA Officer
  • Waste Management Consultant
  • Training Consultant
Responding to new laws and regulations, most of which emanate from federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses are now keenly aware of being in compliance with these regulations.

This program also emphasizes environmental law which is the forerunner for environmental management and environmental policy. The program also addresses conservation through courses in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and Ground Water. The relationship with The Museum of Natural History and the Prospect Park Alliance will afford additional depth on the issue of conservation.

Academic Standards

Students in the Department are expected to pass all departmental required courses with a grade of C or better. Students will be required to repeat any course in which a grade of C- or below is received before being permitted to go on to the next course in the sequence.      
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SSHT Facilities

The School of Science, Health and Technology is housed in a $247 million-dollar, five story, 195,000 gross square foot brick structure - designed by renowned architect Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects, L.L.P., (formerly Polshek Partnership). It features 87 faculty and administrative offices for all science departments, information technology services, buildings and grounds and Public Safety; numerous student study areas; a faculty dining room; a glass pavilion, a 264 – seat dining hall;  and a multi-purpose room to be used for lectures, concerts, and social functions.   
The award-winning building has 11 high-tech class rooms; 6 seminar rooms, 14 instructional labs as well as 36 research and instrument modules for the physical and biological sciences; a 50 - seat lecture hall with distance learning capabilities; a 100-seat lecture hall;  and 6 computer labs.

The School is also equipped with multimillion dollar top rated teaching and research equipment that includes among others: a NMR, Battery Cycler, ICP/IP, GC/MS, FT-IR, XRD, AA, HPLC, ultracentrifuges, flow cytometer, DNA sequencer, Zeiss Auxiostar fluorescence microscope, confocal and scanning electron microscopes, Kodak imaging system, RT-PCR, aquariums, animal room and plant growth chambers.

Core Research Facilities

The School of Science, Health and Technology has established two core research facilities. These include a Cellular and Molecular Imaging core facility and Chemical Analysis core facility.  The School is in the process of hiring core facility Directors/Managers to operate and manage these facilities.  The School has also procured equipment (such as?) for other individual research modules and teaching labs.