• A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.

Geology and Environmental Sciences

What is this major?
Classic Geology Track: Designed for those students who plan to go to graduate school to pursue a career as a professional geologist.
Environmental Geology Track: Designed for those students interested in careers in the hydrological or environmental field or who are considering graduate school.
Secondary Earth Science Teaching Track: Designed for those students interested in secondary education as an Earth Science teacher.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • hydrologist/hydrogeologist
  • environmental scientist
  • staff geologist
  • seismologist
  • mining engineer
  • geologist
  • geological oceanographer
  • petroleum geologist
  • geophysicists
  • paleontologist
What skills will I improve/gain?
Define research problems, measure distances/sizes/relationships, review scientific literature, perform calculations, identify materials/specimens, establish hypotheses, summarize research findings, observe data and things, gather/analyze data, inform, explain, instruct, evaluate ideas, prepare technical reports, utilize math formulas, see relationships among factors, use technical instruments, draw meaningful conclusions, field sampling

Who employs graduates from this major?
Petroleum companies, state/federal government, colleges/universities, mining companies, research laboratories, railroads, construction companies, engineering firms, consulting firms, marketing and research firms

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Each year Geology majors go the Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting
  • 5-10 field trips per year led by faculty, 7 are overnight, to study geology in the field
  • Collaborative research projects between students and faculty

Visit the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Web page.

Department Chair
David Griffing, 607-431-4629, griffingd@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Robert Titus, 607-431-4733, titusr@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.