Geology investigates the origin, history, composition and structure of 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.

Our program provides a foundation in the principles of geology and its related sciences with four laboratories, a seismograph and field experiences. A newer track on environmental earth sciences integrates a set of cross-disciplinary environmental science experiences from biological sciences, chemistry, meteorology and physics.

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Oswego is ideally located for field studies of Lake Ontario, carbonate and clastic sedimentary rocks of the Lower Paleozoic age, Precambrian rocks of the Adirondacks, Pleistocene glacial features and the pollution of rivers and ground waters. Field trips may include southeastern Pennsylvania, the Chesapeake Bay, Ithaca, Whitaker State Park, and the Catskill Mountains.

You also can perform research with professors around the country, or learn firsthand about field-based research and much more in our Geology Field Program. Build your resume through internships and co-op opportunities, and complete an independent research project under the direction of a faculty adviser. Study geology abroad through through regular coursework or Global Laboratory research placements.


Opportunities include

  • Urban planning
  • Environmental restoration
  • Defense intelligence
  • Oil, gas and mineral exploration
  • Teaching
  • Geophysics research
  • Environmental consulting
  • Federal, state and local government agencies

Graduate studies may include

  • Geology
  • Environmental studies
  • Public policy
  • Engineering
  • Education


Facilities include four full-sized laboratories, a seismograph for recording worldwide earthquakes and a geology computer lab in the new Shineman Center.

“Working on this research project has given me tons of hands-on lab experience with multiple techniques and different instrumentation. This opportunity has put me in touch with a lot of experts I would have never met without doing this work and will be extremely helpful as I go into industry after graduation.”

— Brett St. Pierre, ’13