• Exploring volcanic features in Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii.
  • Hiking dunes in Death Valley, California.
  • Thesis research in the Mojave Desert, California.
  • Hiking out of Waimea Canyon, Kauai.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 17* courses, distributed as follows:

Core Curriculum
Eight courses in Geology:

  • 107 Physical Geology or 109 The Global Environment (4 credit LAB courses)
  • 208 Historical Geology (4 credit LAB course)
  • 306 Mineralogy (4 credit LAB course)
  • 309 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 credit LAB course)
  • 311 Field Geology or an off-campus Field Camp (4+ credits)
  • 408 Structural Geology (4 credit LAB course)
  • 489 Pre-thesis Research (1 credit seminar course)
  • 490 Senior Project (4 credits of mentored research)

In addition, a student must choose one of the following program tracks, depending on the student’s future plans:

Track I Geology

  • 307 Petrology (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • 416 Geochemistry (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • One elective in Geology (3 or 4 credit course in GEOL)
  • 107 and 108 General Chemistry or 109 Accelerated General Chemistry (CHEM)
  • 141 and 142 Principles of Physics I, II or 201 and 202 General Physics I, II (PHYS)
  • 121 Single Variable Calculus and 223 Multi Variable Calculus (MATH)

Track II Environmental Geology

  • 305 Hydrogeology (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • 416 Geochemistry (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • One elective in Geology (3 or 4 credit course in GEOL)
  • 107 and 108 General Chemistry or 109 Accelerated General Chemistry (CHEM)
  • 141 and 142 Principles of Physics I, II or 201 and 202 General Physics I, II (PHYS)
  • 121 Single Variable Calculus and 233 Single and Multiple Variable Calculus (MATH)

Track III Geological Education +

  • 109 The Global Environment (GEOL), or 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (SCIE), or 112 Ecology of the Environment (BIOL)
  • 202 Meteorology (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • 307 Petrology (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • 163 Astronomy (PHYS)
  • 107 and 108 General Chemistry or 109 Accelerated General Chemistry (CHEM)
  • 141 Principles of Physics I or 201 General Physics I (PHYS)
  • 121 Single Variable Calculus (MATH)
  • One field practicum (student teaching)

+ The student must also complete the Education program to the satisfaction of the Education Department.

* Course load is reduced by one if 109 Accelerated General Chemistry is taken instead of General Chemistry 107, 108.

Grades for all courses required for the major (including those from other departments) are used to calculate the average in the major for Departmental Distinction.

Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in Geology, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.

Dave Chapman '05

Dave Chapman '05

Dave’s flair for field geology led him to a staff geologist position.

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