Geology Department

SUNY Cortland’s Geology Department provides a first rate education in the geosciences. In our programs, students gain skills and knowledge for entry into graduate school or employment in the public or private sectors. Students can choose from undergraduate programs in Geology, Geology with a concentration in Environmental Science, or the teacher preparation program in Adolescence Education: Earth Science. Within these programs, students have opportunities to learn through experience by carrying out internships, research or student teaching.

Geology at SUNY Cortland takes full advantage of its location in the scenic Finger Lakes region. Fieldwork is infused into most of the courses and includes studies of the local fossils, glacial landforms and water quality. In addition, our central location within New York state allows us to visit prime mineral and bedrock sites in the Adirondack Mountains and adjacent states. 

The Geology Department is housed in the newly renovated Bowers Hall, and the teaching and research laboratories in the department are equipped with the most current technology and instrumentation. Because of this state-of-the-art facility, our students are engaged in a variety of faculty-mentored research experiences.

Our faculty members take particular joy in mentoring undergraduates and are proud of their accomplishments.  Cortland geology students often present their research at regional, national, and international conferences and have co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals. Students have gone on to graduate schools across the continent from Alaska and British Columbia to North Carolina. Our alumni network stretches from Alaska to Texas to New York in a wide range of geologic, environmental and engineering firms and government positions.


Class Creates 'Flying Frogs' Proposal

Students visited the Adirondacks to hatch fixes for the park's economic and environmental issues.

‘Hidden Beauty’ Explores Art, Medical Science

The exhibition gets artists and scientists talking about art and its meaning.

College Adds Three New Majors in 2018-19

SUNY Cortland now offers 67 academic majors across the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Professional Studies.

New Major Combines Geology, Environmental Science

The environmental geoscience major expands choices for future scientists.

Geology Program First in State to Qualify Students for Licensing

The College was the first in New York to offer a geology major that qualifies for professional licensing.


The Geology Club at Cortland is very active and offers students an informal avenue to share experiences. The Geology Club also offers yearly excursions to points of geological interest such as mineral collecting trips in the Adirondack Mountains or local excursions to collect fossils.

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