Geology Major


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 and a cooperative 3-2 program combining geology and engineering are also available.

Geology students get many opportunities to practice their skills outside of the classroom, including independent research, faculty-led field courses in the Southwest, 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.

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department