• Evidence of a giant cosmic collision in Sudbury, Ontario.
  • Exploring volcanic features in Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii.
  • Sampling an active lava flow, Hawaii.
  • Thesis research in the Mojave Desert, California.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 16* courses, distributed as follows:

Core Curriculum
Seven courses in Geology:

  • 107 Physical Geology or 109 The Global Environment
  • 208 Historical Geology
  • 306 Mineralogy
  • 311 Field Geology or an off-campus Field Camp
  • 309 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • 408 Structural Geology
  • 490 Senior Project

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

Track I Geology

  • 307 Petrology (GEOL)
  • 416 Geochemistry (GEOL)
  • One elective in Geology (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 (GEOL)
  • 416 Geochemistry (GEOL)
  • One elective in Geology 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)
  • 307 Petrology (GEOL)
  • 202 Meteorology (GEOL)
  • l63 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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