Degree: Bachelor of Science
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.
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.
The course will include discussion of major events in the geologic and historical record as well as future hazard potential. We will assess the risks humans face in different regions, including local hazards, our contribution to geologic hazards, and how we can minimize and cope with future events.
Study of the diverse solid materials that make up most of our planet, many of our industrial resources and materials, and most of our precious gems. We will examine the nature of the external and internal symmetry of crystals, chemical bonding and substitution in crystal lattices, mineral properties, crystal optics, and the identification of minerals by physical, chemical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques.
Senior capstone course required of all majors. Course covers current developments in the geosciences as reported in the primary literature. Course will include some combination of discussion and review of recently published articles, review of guest lectures, and oral presentations by student.