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 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.
Earth and Sky Program
Earth and Sky is a unique opportunity for first-year students at SUNY Cortland to take classes together as a group interested in exploring the natural sciences.
Earth and Sky is not a major, but a way of grouping courses with overlapping interests together into a first semester program. The courses focus on the natural, earth, and environmental sciences and space science.
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- Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES]
- Geology [GLY]
- Geology Minor
- Geology: Concentration in Environmental Science [GLY/ENVS]
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.Read More About Geology Department Clubs