Geology

Three unique tracks to choose from

With the Geology major at Alfred University, you get an educational framework that allows you to pursue a greater understanding of our planet, the processes acting on it, and its history, no matter what your background. The Geology major provides you the foundation needed to enter into a career in geological sciences, surveying, teaching, and even pursuing graduate programs in geology, environmental science, hydrology, or planetary science.

School/Division

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Geology (BA)

Minor

Geology

The following core courses are required for the Geology Science Major:

Choose one introductory course from:
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth
  • GEOL 103 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • GEOL 104 Earth and Life Through Time
  • GEOL 106 Elementary Oceanography
Take the following four courses:
  • GEOL 201 Surficial Geology
  • GEOL 301 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 302 Mineralogy and Petrology
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology
    or ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry

General Geology Track:

In addition to the above 20 credit hours required for all tracks, take:

  • ENVS 205 Environmental Data Analysis
  • GEOL 206 Fieldcraft–Outdoor Proficiency
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Select eight credits from the following:

  • ENVS 320 Advanced GIS Applications
  • ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry (if not used above)
  • GEOL 307 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • GEOL 408 Tectonics
  • GEOL 414 Geophysics
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology (if not used above)

Planetary Science Track:

In addition to the above 20 credit hours required for all tracks, take:

  • ASTR 302 Planetary Science
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
Select eight credits from the following:
  • CEMS 235 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 251 Mechanics of Materials
  • CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II
  • GEOL 408 Tectonics
  • GEOL 414 Geophysics
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology (if not used above)

Earth Science Education Track

In addition to the above 20 credit hours required for all tracks, take:

  • MATH 102 Mathematics for Early Childhood/Childhood Teachers
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 101
  • GEOL 206 Fieldcraft–Outdoor Proficiency

Select eight credits from the following:

  • ASTR 103 Introductory Astronomy
  • ASTR 107 Elementary Astronomy Lab
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVS 320 Advanced GIS Applications
  • ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry (if not used above)
  • GEOL 307 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • GEOL 408 Tectonics
  • GEOL 414 Geophysics
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology (if not used above)
  • SCIE 110 Weather Elements

*Other field activities may be used to fulfill this requirement. Arrangements should be made prior to the end of the junior year.

View general education requirements here.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Geology, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Requirements for the minor in Geology:

A Geology minor may be obtained by completing (with grades of “C” or better), one 100-level geology course and 16 credit hours of upper level geology courses. These may include CEMS 214 or CEMS 215.

Total credit hours required: 20

Geologists work in the field, laboratory, classroom and the office. Entry level positions frequently take the geologist into the field to gather data/samples for analysis laboratory. Geologists work in a range of fields including: Geophysics, Geochemistry, Petroleum Geology, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, and Sedimentology.

Recent graduate examples include:

  • Operator (Remediation) – Alpha Geoscience
  • Field Geologist – Haley and Aldrich
  • Outdoor Instructor – OMSI Hancock Field Station
  • Inventory Arborist – Davey Resource Group
  • Earth Science Teacher – San Diego City School District
  • Project Geologist – D.W. Koreza, Inc.
  • Earth Science Teacher – Dansville Central School District
  • Environmental Educator – Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Educ.
  • Geologist – Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.

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Majors in our Geology program often consider minoring or double-majoring in the following programs:

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