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Madalyn Borek

 “The department offers hands-on classes that allow us to go explore in the field and truly experience what a geologist would see in the real world. My class in Natural Disasters studied landslide movement at the nearby Plotterkill Preserve.” 
- Madalyn Borek



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.

Special 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, 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.


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.

Within approximately five years, Union graduates with degrees in biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and astronomy, psychology and are pursuing careers in a range of fields, including:

  • Education
  • Finance/investment
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Media
  • Pharmaceuticals/biotechnology
  • Veterinary services

They're finding success at:

  • University of Toronto
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical
  • Quilling Selander Lownds Winslett & Moser
  • Influenster
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Banfield Pet Hospital

And they are ready for everything as:

  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Physical therapist
  • Lawyer
  • Social media strategist
  • Consultant
  • Veterinarian