In our last external review (2016), the reviewers noted that “the Union College Geology Department is, in many ways, undoubtedly one of the best undergraduate geology programs in the country. The faculty are all dedicated teachers and scholars, the equipment and resources available for faculty-student research are extraordinary, and the students they attract into the program are hard-working and highly motivated – with nearly 50% continuing on for postgraduate studies – a remarkable achievement. The Geology Department at Union College is highly successful and a model for what a modern science department at a liberal arts college should be.”
Our program is strong and well-equipped, and is located in one of the most geologically diverse regions in the eastern U.S. We take advantage of our resources, and most courses involve both field and lab work. We have a variety of popular lab and non-lab courses at the introductory level.
We also have a strong undergraduate-oriented research program, with a wide variety of ongoing projects. We are a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, which offers additional research opportunities every summer.
Geology majors can and frequently do minor or double major in related disciplines such as Engineering, Economics, Chemistry, Political Science, Biology, or Physics, or any other field at Union.