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About Geosciences

Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them, and the history of the planet and its life forms. Skidmore's geosciences program seeks to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land use, and global change. Our curriculum includes ocean and atmospheric sciences, Earth-surface processes, and the history of global change. Our courses are designed for students with a general interest in the geosciences as well as those planning to pursue graduate degrees. A liberal arts degree in geosciences prepares students for numerous professional activities related to resource management, climatology, oceanography, hydrology, Earth hazards, land-use planning, and environmental consulting.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Coastal Oceanography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Climatology

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent senior theses: 

  • Resolving Seasonal Hydroclimatic Bariability in 2,200 Years of Calcite Growth in a Muddy Stalagmite from Yucatan, Mexico
  • Stable Isotope Stratigraphy in Quaternary Stalagmites and Devonian Carbonates
  • Nowakia (Dacryoconarida) in the Halihan Hill Bed (Oatka Creek Formation, N.Y.)
  • Holocene Climate Change of Keuka Lake, Finger Lakes Region, Based on Sediment Cores
  • Using 10Be to Discover the History of the Goldstone Piedmont at Fort Irwin, Mojave Desert, California
  • Evaluating the Effect of Land Use on Peak Discharge and Runoff in the Saratoga Lake Watershed

Note: Faculty-student research is regularly presented at Geological Society of America, Northeast GSA, and American Geophysical Union conferences.

Recent internships: GeoCorps, American Museum of Natural History, Quebec-Labrador Foundation, and US Geological Survey

Study abroad programs: Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand) are the most popular with geoscience majors. Also approved by the department are IES Abroad Auckland, University of Auckland (New Zealand), and IES Abroad Christchurch, University of Canterbury (New Zealand).

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Senior staff geologist, Anadarko Petroleum, Woodlands, Texas
  • Fluvial geomorphologist, Balance Hydrologics, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Middle school science teacher, Boulder Valley Schools, Boulder, Colo.
  • Geoscience educational content developer, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
  • Epidemiologist, City of Amarillo Department of Public Health, Amarillo, Texas
  • President, Community By Design, Madison, Wis.
  • Geophysicist/hydrogeologist, environmental scientist and engineer, Oak Hill, Va.
  • Managing principal, Greenwich Environmental, Greenwich, Conn.
  • Principal, Groundwater Sciences Corp., Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Exploration geologist, Levitan Investment Properties & Services, Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.
  • Principal hydrogeologist/project manager, Mactec Engineering and consulting, Portland, Maine
  • Project manager/environmental consulting, Moore Twining Associates, Fresno, Calif.
  • Coastal geologist, National Hurricane Center
  • Mineral resources specialist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, N.Y.
  • Contracts manager, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn.
  • Earth science teacher, Saratoga Springs Middle School, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Climate change policy analyst, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Assistant geophysics professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • Environmental scientist, URS Corp., Portland, Maine
  • Water resources modeler, US Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, CA
  • GIS analyst, US Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska

Graduate Schools: A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Boston College, master's in geology
  • Colorado College, master's in teaching
  • Columbia University, Ph.D. earth and environmental science
  • Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering (3-2 program) and Department of Earth Sciences
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
  • Penn State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, geophysics
  • San Francisco State University
  • SUNY-Albany, School of Atmospheric Sciences
  • SUNY-Plattsburgh, MST in adolescent education Earth science
  • University of Iceland
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Utah, hydrology
  • Tufts University

Faculty

Meet the Geosciences faculty members.