Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Sciences

The Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Sciences Department offers the following Associate Degree Programs:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences – Chemistry (A.S.)
  • Liberal Arts and Science – Earth Systems and Environment Science (A.S.)
  • Science for Forensics (A.S.) – Featured on ABC news

Upon completion, students can transfer into four-degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and also into professional programs such as Doctoral Pharmacy (PharmD) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs.

In addition to the traditional basic and advanced college chemistry courses, the Department of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Sciences offers career-oriented programs and courses applicable to Earth Science, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, and Forensic Science. Our forensics program was featured in the news and covered by local ABC stations.

For more information, please contact your Academic Advisor or Ms. Elizabeth Diaz at elizabeth.diaz04@bcc.cuny.edu

Department News and Research


Dr. Neal and Prof. Sen Receive Prestigious Award

Dr. Phillip and Prof. Sen received $11,000 from the US State Department of Public Diplomacy to continue their efforts to monitor climate change by installing solar-powered automatic weather stations that will also be used to monitor air quality and soil moisture in the three regions of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.

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Dr. Hans Receives American Chemical Society Award

Dr. Sunej Hans

Dr. Hans was recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) – New York State Chapter with the Outstanding Two-Year College Chemistry Teaching Award. The ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific societies and the premier home for chemistry professionals. This is a very prestigious award for BCC.

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Dr. Skaggs Receives $200,000 NSF Grant

Dr. Sheldon Skaggs

Dr. Skaggs will improve Undergraduate Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education by developing and testing a novel approach to retaining students at risk of academic failure in STEM courses.

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New York State Climate Impact Assessment

Dr. Cullen is working with various world experts to provide a comprehensive analysis of how climate change is affecting New York State and how those impacts are likely to change in the decades ahead. The assessment will also look at strategies for adaptation and resilience, which will help us prepare for those impacts.

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Internships and Research Opportunities

The CUNY Research Scholars Program provides funded laboratory experiences for associate degree students over a one-year period. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research and to increase persistence in STEM disciplines. Students receive 400 hours of mentoring from faculty members and participate in programming offered at their campuses, including sessions on laboratory safety, public speaking and poster preparation.

Contact Us

Chairperson and Professor

Neal Phillip, PhD
Office: Meister Hall, room 814,
Phone: 718-289-5569


Chemistry Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Study Abroad Adventures


A two-week adventure to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, focusing on the environment and sustainability with 10 CUNY Students, including 7 from BCC: Willmar Guzman Ulloa, Mary Martinez Nunez, Samantha Ramcharran, Ylianny Paulino Batista, Adrianny Montero Nunez, Grissel de Jesus Sosa, and Anthonella Contreras Linarez

India Study Abroad

Australia Study Abroad

Spain Study Abroad

Learn more about  the study abroad experiences of our BBC/CUNY students with the Chemistry Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at:

India.                                              Australia.                                                            Spain.

Stay tuned for more life-changing experiences to come!

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