Geology & Environmental Sciences Department

Field Geology Class

Geology and Environmental Sciences Department Overview

Hartwick’s Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences trains students for professional and academic careers in the Earth sciences. Geology and the closely related physical environmental sciences are areas of study critical to the future of human society; employment forecasts for the future are very promising. Hartwick geology students work closely with the faculty in a research-centered curriculum with plenty of field and laboratory experience.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick geology students complete a rigorous program of coursework, original research and other exciting types of experiential education that makes them well-prepared for employment and graduate school.

Graduate School

M.S. in Geological Sciences
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Binghamton, NY
Jessica Domino ‘15

Ph.D. in Environmental Geochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Keith O’Connor ‘15

J.D. and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy
Vermont Law School – University of Vermont
Burlington, VT
Lydon Schultz ‘13


Physical Science Technician
Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor
Andrew Grabo ‘15

Mine Geologist
Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., Bagdad, AZ
Tyler Hall ‘13

Environmental Technician
Moody and Associates, Elmira, NY
Sierra Derby ‘12

Geology Requirements

Ready to be a geology major or minor? Here’s what it takes.

Geology Major and Minor Requirements

Geology Courses

The Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences offers a diverse catalog of courses in geology and the physical environmental sciences. Our courses emphasize hands-on learning, critical thinking and problem solving. Students get to practice valuable skills and techniques used in a variety of “real world” occupations. Class sizes are kept small to ensure close, one-on-one collaboration between students and professors.

Current Course Offerings

Special Opportunities

Do you like learning outside of the classroom, perhaps while exploring an Adirondack peak or while hiking an active volcano on a tropical island? Would you like to learn firsthand how to sample acid mine runoff waters, collect and analyze your own minerals and fossils, and conduct original research with a faculty mentor? Perhaps you’d like to participate in a career-building internship or attend an international professional conference?

Special Opportunities

Hartwick Faculty

The faculty of the Hartwick Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences are dedicated teachers and scholars that work closely with students to maximize their potential for success in this diverse and important field.

Meet the Geology and Environmental Sciences Faculty