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Majors & Minors

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.

Other learning opportunities

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, Newfoundland, New Zealand, the Olympic Mountains of Washington state, New England 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 they also present at regional, national and international professional conferences. Many students are co-authors on papers that are published in scientific journals.

Careers after Union

Geology career paths

Graphic: career paths of Union Geology majors

Here's a look at what some of our alumni have been doing since graduating:

  • Forest ranger, New York State
  • Sustainability consultant, Steven Winter Associates
  • Project scientist, TerranearPMC
  • Geologist, Clough, Harbour & Associates, LLP
  • Construction Manager, Toll Brothers Construction
  • Logging Geologist, Halliburton Company
  • Science Teacher, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School