From the Chair

Dr. Fall & students at Arches National Park (Utah)
Dr. Fall & students at Arches National Park (Utah)

Welcome to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and thank you very much for visiting. Our department houses majors in Geology, Meteorology, and Earth Science. Completing our curricula will earn you a Bachelor of Science degree in one of these geoscience fields. From there you will be prepared to compete for a job right out of college or go on to graduate study at any college or university in the country. Our goal is to “teach and mentor students to understand the interactions among Earth systems and society” and we take this very seriously. SUNY Oneonta is a teaching college and students are the #1 priority for faculty in EAS. We have lots to offer.

Dr. Leigh Fall, Chair

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department

SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
1-800-SUNY-123 ext. 3707
(607) 436-3707

Our Department at a Glance


Earth Science Majors


Geology Majors


Meteorology Majors


Dual Majors in Adolescence Education Earth Science and Earth Science


Upper-Division Class Size


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Scholarships Available

We offer a variety of field trips around New York, Pennsylvania, the Northeast, southern California, and to several National Parks (e.g., Grand Canyon). Read about Learning Outside the Classroom.

We offer a unique pre-semester field experience for incoming freshman called GEOFYRST (Geologic Experience Outdoors First Year Regional Summer Trip). Read about GEOFYRST.

Our geology majors can begin the process of becoming a New York State Professional Geologist through our curriculum.

We offer students opportunities to conduct original research with faculty.

Our students attend professional meetings to present their research, including the Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the Northeastern Storm Conference. See

Examples of our research facilities and equipment available: scanning electron microscope (SEM), ground penetrating radar (GPR), and HOBO Weather Station. See

Each fall we host Majors’ Night, a networking event for current students to meet alumni of the department who are working or in graduate school.

At the end of the spring semester, we get together for a picnic at College Camp, where we grill burgers, hold our traditional tug-o-war, award scholarships, and announce the outstanding senior.

Each year we award five to seven scholarships, with each ranging between $600 and $2400.


The mission of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at SUNY Oneonta is as follows: “Our mission as educators and researchers of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is to teach and mentor students to understand the interactions among Earth systems and society.”


Our vision to accomplish that mission includes the following tenets:

  • Consistent excellence in teaching
  • Promoting research as an integral component of the undergraduate experience
  • Preparing students for careers in Earth Science Education, and Earth, Atmospheric, and Geologic Sciences
  • Maintaining an open, supportive, inclusive department environment
  • Serving our community as scientific experts
  • Participating in campus governance
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