• Evidence of a giant cosmic collision in Sudbury, Ontario.
  • Hiking dunes in Death Valley, California.
  • Thesis research in the Mojave Desert, California.
  • Hiking out of Waimea Canyon, Kauai.

Field Studies

The Geology and Environmental Sciences Department at Hartwick College is dedicated to giving our students the very best field-based education in a research-rich environment. We take every opportunity to get students out of the traditional classroom and into the field to learn experience geological and environmental science phenomena firsthand. This field experience comes in several different forms, listed below.

  • Course Field Trips
  • Off-Campus Field Studies/J Term Courses
  • Conference Trips and GEOL 227 - Experiential Field Studies
  • Collaborative Student-Faculty Research
  • Internships

Many of the field trip destinations are truly spectacular, textbook examples of major geologic phenomena that are commonly on the "Life Lists" published by geologists. Geology students that actively participate in many of the opportunities listed above experience several of these "life list" destinations over the course of their 3- or 4-year undergraduate career at Hartwick!

Kathleen (Kat) Plourde '06

Kathleen (Kat) Plourde '06

Attending Hartwick was one of the best decisions of my life.

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