Geology investigates the origin, history, composition and structure of the Earth, enabling professional geologists to survey earthquakes and volcanoes; find oil, gas and mineral resources; develop land-use plans; monitor rivers, lakes and coastlines; and much more.

and its related sciences with four laboratories, a seismograph and field experiences. A newer track on environmental Earth sciences supports those pursuing futures in the environmental science area.


The study of the chemical composition of the Earth and other planets, geochemistry provides an interdisciplinary background to deal with the many complex problems of our world. Offered jointly by the atmospheric and geological sciences and chemistry departments, this program covers topics ranging from the chemical makeup of Venus to the search for oil on Earth. Courses cover general, historical and structural geology; mineralogy; petrology; and physical chemistry.


Oswego's meteorology major has a national reputation in this study of the atmosphere and its physical and chemical characteristics, processes, weather patterns and climate. We offer specialized study in synoptic and dynamic meteorology, mesometeorology, atmospheric and cloud physics, climatology and instruments. An outstanding alumni network, labs and on-campus facilities and field experiences such as our Storm Chasers program make this program particularly strong. 

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