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Degrees offered

  • Geology major
  • Geology minor

Immerse yourself in the field of geology

As a geology major or minor at Cornell, you’ll get hands-on experience in both the field and the lab based courses. Our unique block plan fosters on- and off-campus immersion in research.

As part of a class, you might travel to the Bahamas to study ancient and modern coral reefs or investigate the mountains and glaciers of New Zealand. As part of research, you might get hands-on experience in cutting-edge laboratories around the country and hike through remote areas from Australia to Sweden to collect your own field samples. The geology department financially supports these experiences through external grants and its own internal funds.

Careers in geology

As a geology graduate, you’ll find rich opportunities on many different career paths. Our graduates work for:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • The National Park Service
  • The United States Geological Survey
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Oil companies
  • Utility companies
  • Academia

Interdisciplinary studies in geology

If you are interested in the earth sciences, but also have a strong interest in biology or chemistry, you can study biology or chemistry from within the geology program. The geology faculty works closely with other departments across campus, offering you the opportunity for an interdisciplinary approach to studying geology.

Geology is at the intersection of the natural sciences and the environment, allowing you the opportunity to explore many different fields.

For example:

  • Biology links to fossils and the study of ancient life.

  • Chemistry connects to the study of minerals, rocks, and mountains.

  • Environmental studies speaks to climate change, marine science, and environmental geology.

Degree requirements Field courses Research