Mary Margaret Minnis

Mary Margaret Minnis

Senior Lecturer
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Physical Sciences

Mary Margaret Minnis

Costello House


Faculty Bio

Environmental scientist and chemist with a broad range of teaching topics in both areas. Teaching a free GIS course to a nationwide audience.


PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1982
Environmental Science

MS, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York, 1979
Environmental Chemistry

BS, Marywood College, Scranton, PA, 1966

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Water quality in ponds, carbon absorption by trees, greenroof water detention, GIS teacing via a MOOC

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Creating a MOOC to Teach Basic GIS
April 2013 - August 2013. Verizon, Pace University, $5,700.00. Funded. This will create a MOOC to teach basic GIS to an unlimited audience for no academic credit.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

CHE 105: Consumer Chemistry
CHE 106: Chemistry of Food & Cooking
CHE 110: The Chemical World
CHE 480: Research in Chemistry
ENS 501: Envrnmtl Assmnt & Impact Anlys
ENS 526: Geographical Info Systems
ENS 610: Environmental Science I
ENS 625: Environmntl Sci Communication
ENS 696: Tpc: Env Assmt & Impact Anlys
ENS 696: Tpc: Envrnmntl Project Design
ENS 760: Waste Trmt, Reduction, & Mgt
ENS 772: Thesis Preparation
ENS 780: Mapping Geographic Info Systms
ENS 790: Integrative Seminar
ENS 792: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci I
ENS 798: Tpc: Environmental Science
ENS 799: Research
ENV 211: Environmental Assessment
ENV 222: Env: Princ, Prob, & Solutions
ENV 222: Environmental Chemistry
ENV 296: Geographic IS: Env Application
ENV 380: Junior Year Research Seminar
ENV 498: Mentoring Seminar
ENV 499: Senior Year Exp/Environmental
LAW 802: Science for Env. Lawyers
SCI 226: Geographic Information Systems
SCI 230: Environmental Science
SCI 395: Indpndt Study in Physical Sci

Publications and Presentations


A 3D Printed Model of the Pocantico River Watershed
(2019, May 16). Westchester County GIS Users Group Meeting. Westchester County GIS Office and ESRI,

A 3D Printout of the Pocantico River Watershed
(2019, May 14). NEARC Spring GIS Conference. NEARC,

Preliminary showing of the 3D printed model of the Pocantico watershed
(2019, May 3). Pocantico Watershed Information Session. Pace University,

What Works in a GIS Free Open Online Course (a MOOC)?
(2019, January 16). Data Management Practices Seminar. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region,

GIS and Thermal Infrared Imagery - How Can We Use It?
(2015, May 11). NEARC Spring 2015. Northeast GIS Users Group,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society

Department Service

  • Tenure and Promotion Committe [Committee Member]