Geology

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About the Program

The science of geology encompasses the Earth, from plate tectonics to the processes that shape landscapes. With increasing demand on natural resources and growing concerns about environmental stress, geology offers the challenge of field studies and lab experience, while investigating problems of global, regional and local significance.

SUNY Oneonta’s geology program includes 44 credits in the major, plus one year each of mathematics, chemistry and physics. It is one of three undergraduate majors offered by the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. Majors in meteorology or earth science are also available.

Opportunities

Geology students get many opportunities to practice their skills outside of the classroom, including independent research, faculty-led field courses in the western United States, local field tips, and travel to regional and national geology conferences. New freshmen and transfer students have the chance to develop field skills before the semester even begins, through GEOFYRST, a unique, six-day, pre-semester camping trip exploring the geology of New York and the Northeast.

Contact

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department
607-436-3707

Spotlight
Kate Moore
Students
Freshman year, I signed up for the GEOFYRST trip and that was an amazing experience because it really got me into geology. I actually was able to make a close group of friends from that, so I already had people to go to the dining hall with the first week of classes because we had camped together and bonded.