Geology & Environmental Sciences Major & Minor

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Where degrees in geology & environmental sciences can take you.

The major offers three tracks: the geology track – preparing students for careers in the petroleum or mining industries as well as other traditional career paths in geology; the environmental track – preparing students for careers in the environmental sciences, including hydrology, oceanography and meteorology; and the education track – preparing students for certification to teach earth science.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Geoscientists
  • Hydrologists
  • High School Teachers
  • Environmental Scientists & Specialists
  • Geographers
  • Atmospheric Scientists


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 4,500 new job opening in the next decade. Environmental scientists and specialists job opportunities are expected to grow by 11 percent, adding 9900 new jobs. (U.S. BLS)

Putting geology & environmental sciences to work.

Hartwick geology and environmental science majors have gone on to careers in a wide variety of fields and to study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Stork Technical Services
  • Specialized Environmental Monitoring
  • Weston Solutions
  • The Museum of Science – Boston
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
  • Moody and Associates

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • South Dakota School of Mines
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Arizona
  • Notre Dame University

Beyond the basic.

Oneonta is close to several important geological provinces: the Catskill Mountains, the southern and northern Appalachians, and the Adirondacks. The department takes full advantage of its location and runs day and weekend (and longer) field trips to all of these mountain ranges. Hartwick’s Geology and Environmental Sciences Department also offers off-campus study and fieldwork opportunities across the country.

A closer look.

Majors conduct a wide range of exciting research; recent projects have analyzed soils and lava flows in Hawaii, determined the pressure and depth for the intrusion of granite bodies in the Northwest Adirondacks, examined fossil reef structures in the Bahamas, and so much more. Most students have the opportunity to visit their field study areas first hand and collect their own research data.

Meet the geology & environmental sciences faculty.

Hartwick’s expert geology and environmental sciences faculty are focused on the future. That’s because they work closely with students who will make a difference in the world. Hartwick students.

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
David Griffing
Professor of Geology and Department Chair
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
Areas of expertise:
Modern and Ancient Coral Reefs, Carbonate/Tropical Marine Geology, Devonian Geology and Paleontology of New York State, Economic Mineralogy
Eric Johnson
Professor of Geology & Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
Areas of expertise:
Petrology and Structural Geology, Geological History of the Adirondack Mountains, Field Mapping, Meteorology

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick geology experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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