Two students conduct research during a geology lab at Hart's Falls near campus.

Geology

About Our Program

Through rigorous hands-on learning, our geology program empowers you to become a better observer and steward of the natural world and its many resources. You’ll seek academic adventures beyond the classroom and conduct research that could take you anywhere--from the heart of the Adirondack Park to field sites across the globe. What you learn and observe will inform your responses to some of today’s most pressing issues, like resource scarcity and climate change. 

In the process, you’ll form connections with faculty mentors who are as invested in your research as you are. You’ll also join an active and close-knit alumni network eager to share its experiences and help you understand the different ways you can turn your undergraduate passions into rewarding career paths.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor

Department

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

At its core, geology requires hands-on research and observation in the field. Our North Country location includes world-class geologic sites, and we offer plenty of off-campus trips for students curious to compare and contrast diverse environments.

Conduct Award-Winning Research

Geology majors at St. Lawrence are known for producing high-caliber, graduate-level research on topics that they’re passionate about. As a result, students like Claire Bartlett ’21 have a long history of earning top honors when presenting their research at professional conferences such as the Geological Society of America Conference. In 2020, Claire won the National Council Award for her work analyzing data from downed trees in the Adirondack Park. 

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Fellowship Opportunities

The geology department offers ample opportunities to secure funding for your researchand there are no limits on where it might take you, from mountains in North Dakota to lagoons in Honduras, and lakes, forests, highlands, and lowlands across the North Country. 

Nature Up North

This community-based organization housed at St. Lawrence connects people to the North Country environment through citizen scientist projects and outdoor adventuresand it offers internship and volunteer opportunities for geology majors like you.

Past Internships

Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our majors intern with a wide range of organizations, including: 

  • Upper Saranac Lake Foundation
  • Isotope Lab at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Gardenshare Canton, N.Y.
  • U.S. Geological Survey 

Get Career Ready

St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni Conference (SLUGAC)

Geology alumni are eager to give back, and many do so through SLUGAC. Held every three years, this on-campus conference welcomes generations of alumni back to campus to share their career experiences and connect with current students.

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Costa Rica. 

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Short-Term Trips & Field Experiences

Hands-on fieldwork in our department includes exposure to diverse environments across the country and world. You’ll have several opportunities to embark on weeklong off-campus trips every year, plus many more day trips to world-class geologic sites in St. Lawrence’s backyard.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve the outdoors, wildlife and environmental advocacy, including: 

  • Outing Club
  • Environmental Action Organization 
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Sciences Honor Society
  • CLAW - Connecting Laurentians Around Wilderness
  • The Finer Things Cheese and Turophile Society
  • Seed to Table
  • St. Lawrence River Alliance
  • The Greenhouse 
  • Model U.N. 
  • Divestment Club
  • Geology Club
  • Euphrates Institute
  • SLU Legal

Why St. Lawrence for Geology

96%

of St. Lawrence geology majors are employed or continuing their education within a year

3

The number of weeklong trips to places like Jamaica or Norway offered per year

78

miles to Ottawa, Canada, home of the Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology Research Centre at Carleton University, where you’ll have opportunities to complete lab work

60+

The number of alumni you’ll have an opportunity to connect with at the Geology Alumni Conference every three years

2

trips to the Arizona Laserchron Center in Tucson to conduct geochronological analysis with a faculty member

20

miles from world-class geologic sites in the Adirondack Park

Faculty member teaching class by a stream

Your Outdoor Classroom

St. Lawrence County and Adirondack Mountains host some of the best sites for the collection and study of rare mineral samples.

1 Billion

Years, the age of ancient rocks in the Adirondack Park, the oldest in New York State.

Recent Employment Opportunities

  • Mohawk Valley GIS
  • Development Authority of the North Country
  • Arcadis Engineering
  • California Conservation Corps
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • American Museum of Natural History

Recent Graduate School Placements

  • Tufts University 
  • University of Vermont
  • Syracuse University 
  • Montana State University
  • University of Arizona

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Program Requirements & Courses

Geology major requirements, as well as electives and popular double major combinations.

Complementary and Related Programs

Faculty member and student doing field work

Expert, Passionate Faculty

Several of your faculty literally wrote the book on Adirondack geology. They’re excited to help you explore compelling geologic sites in your backyard, throughout the country, and across the globe.

Alumna speaking with student

The Power of Connections

St. Lawrence geology alumni are eager to give back and show current students all they can do with their degree. Many attend the department’s Geology Alumni Conference, held every three years, to mentor students on applying to graduate school or finding career opportunities.

Faculty member working with student in classroom

What's In Your Toolkit?

Everything you’ll need to prepare and analyze rock samples is on campus including rock saws and crushers, petrographic microscopes, a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive analysis (SEM-EDS), an x-ray diffractometer (XRD), and an x-ray fluorescence spectrophotometer (XRF).

Connect With a Current Student

No one knows our program better than our current students. Connect with a Geology major to learn about their faculty mentors, favorite classes, or unique experiences. No question is too big or too small—ask away!
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Headshot of Anuva Anannya, class of 2022.
Class of 2022

Anuva Anannya (she/her)

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Viqarunnisa Noon School and College
  • Geology major, Anthropology minor

Campus Involvement

Member of International House (I-House), SLU Dance Ensemble, Laurentian Singers, Islamic Culture Club. A.S.I.A, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geology Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Staff at Launders Science Library, CSTEP Program, McNair Scholar

Frances Whyte, standing in a stream and holding a turtle.
Class of 2023

Frances Whyte (she/her)

  • Bronxville, New York
  • Proctor Academy
  • Geology major

Campus Involvement

L.I.G.H.T. House, Ruckus Bus Ultimate Frisbee Team, Geology Teaching Assistant, Outing Program Guide, Munro Family Climbing Wall Staff

Headshot of Emily Mierek, class of 2022.
Class of 2022

Emily Mierek (she/her)

  • Westernville, New York
  • Holland Patent High School
  • Environmental Studies and Geology combined major, Sports Studies and Exercise Science minor

Campus Involvement

Geology Teaching Assistant, Singing Sinners, Chi Omega, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Geological Honor Society, Panhellenic Council, Women's Club Lacrosse

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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