Department of Geology
Olin 310
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6770
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Geologist, Clough, Harbour & Associates, LLP

Staff Geologist, Seismic Surveys Inc.

Forest Ranger, New York State

Construction Manager, Toll Brothers Construction

Sustainability Consultant, Steven Winter Associates

Project Scientist, TerranearPMC

Logging Geologist, Halliburton Company

Science Teacher, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Geology students take flow rate measurements in nearby Lisha Kill Creek with Professor Donald Rodbell.Professor Donald Rodbell and students take flow rate measurements


Small classes and labs, inspired teaching by active research scientists, and diverse research and fieldwork opportunities distinguish the geology major at Union.

Our professors teach all classes and labs, and their interests span a range of topics, from petrology to volcanology. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment as well as extensive collections of minerals, rocks and fossils, and topographic and geologic maps.

With geology as your major, the entire planet is your field of exploration. Through faculty-student research, our students have traveled to the Andes Mountains, New England, Newfoundland, New Zealand, the Olympic Mountains of Washington state and other areas of the globe.

Union is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, a multi-college collaboration that provides research opportunities every summer. During summer and winter breaks, many students pursue geologically focused  mini-terms in Alaska or Peru.

Our students regularly present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, at Union's Steinmetz Symposium, and at regional, national and even international professional conferences. Many students are co-authors on papers that are published in scientific journals.

Union offers a solid foundation in the geological sciences that gives students a competitive edge in the job market and fosters success in graduate or professional school.