Atmospheric and Geological Sciences (formerly Earth Sciences)
Third summer session begins
Location: SUNY Oswego
Sunday, July 5, 3:09 a.m. - 3:09 a.m.
Rice Creek Ramble
Guided walk showing visitors what creatures are around, what they eat and where they live. Participants should dress for the weather and call 312-6677 the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. Program size is limited; unable to accommodate groups. An adult must accompany children. Free.
Location: Rice Creek Field Station
Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m. - noon
Men's Soccer vs. St John Fisher Scrimmage (Time TBA)
Sunday, July 5, 3:10 a.m. - 3:10 a.m.
Women's Soccer vs. St. Lawrence
Tuesday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Harborfest Housing Available
Sunday, July 5, 3:10 a.m. - 3:10 a.m.
The Atmospheric and Geological Sciences department at SUNY Oswego offers students a wide range of unique and practical experiences that result in our graduates successfully finding acceptance to graduate schools and diverse employment after graduation. We feel strongly that students learn best from hands-on experience, and as a result, our students are regularly outside collecting data, making analyses and tackling real-life problems.
The proximity to a diversity of world-class rock exposures and the regularity of exceptional meteorological conditions, combined with faculty highly active in research and eager to involve students, makes the undergraduate experience through this department one-of-a-kind. We believe that a strong classical background in the discipline combined with strong faculty student relationships make SUNY Oswego the ideal place to get a degree in this field.
Majors and Programs
Most of our students get more involved in their discipline by participating in our astronomy, geology or meteorology clubs. Some learn leadership skills by leading field trips, organizing conferences or offering programs for the public. Many involve themselves in research, producing senior theses and presenting at local, regional and national meetings. Some are paid through grants to join faculty in research. Many also do internships with industry, government offices or TV stations which is a great way to learn, explore opportunities and make connections for future employment. Some students also forecast for campus TV station WTOP.
Dr. Diana Boyer, Assistant Professor
BS Univ of Delaware
MS Univ of California, Riverside
PhD Univ California, Riverside
Dr. Paul Tomascak, Associate Professor
BS New Mexico Tech
MSc University of Manitoba
PhD University of Maryland
Dr. David Valentino, Professor
BA, MA Temple University
PhD Virginia Polytech
Dr. J. Graham Bradley, Assistant Professor
B.Sc. University of St. Andrews, England
M.Sc. University of Leeds, England
Ph.D. University College London, England
Appointed in 2012
Dr. Robert Ballentine, Associate Professor
AB Colgate University
MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD SUNY Albany
Dr. Steven Skubis, Assistant Professor
BS, MS, & PhD SUNY Albany
Dr. Alfred Stamm, Distinguished Service Professor
BS North Carolina State University
MS & PhD University of Wisconsin
Dr. Scott Steiger, Associate Professor
BS SUNY Oswego
MS & PhD Texas A&M University
Dr. Ronald Chaldu
MS San Diego State University
PhD Indiana University
Dr. Robert Maurer
BS Ohio State Univ
PhD Univ. of Utah
Dr. Raymond Schneider
AB, MA Univ of Missouri
PhD Univ of Tennessee
Dr. David Thomas
BS University of Western Ontario
PhD SUNY Binghamton
Employers cite the demanding course load and high-level research that all Oswego graduates from the department undertake as key components to their successes in industry and government. Employers know that Oswego graduates have solid grasp of both principles of the discipline and fundamental science and mathematics, since its students must satisfy requirements in calculus, physics, and chemistry as presented in demanding courses.
Outlook for employment in the Earth and Environmental sciences is at its all-time best. A significant proportion of professional geologists work in areas such as urban planning, environmental restoration and defense intelligence, as well as in oil, gas and mineral exploration. Graduates from a strong Geology program like SUNY Oswego's can expect employment opportunities in a wide assortment of industries. Most recent graduates are employed in industries related to the environment or as secondary teachers. Many students have also found success in excellent graduate programs such as SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, Rutgers University, Temple University, the University of Florida and the University of Pittsburgh.
Employment opportunity in meteorology is sufficient, with most of our graduates finding good jobs as forecasters, climatologists, hydrologists, environmental specialists, field technicians, ocean ship routers, teachers or media weather reporters with the National Weather Service, TV stations, government labs, the Air Force or Navy, environmental firms, or high schools. Many students find themselves to be well prepared to continue in graduate programs at universities including Penn State, Albany, Princeton, Texas A&M, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, North Carolina State, University of Washington, University of San Diego and Colorado State. Several have gone on to become professors.