Geoscience professor Sherri Mason conducts research with a student in the Science Center

Earth Science (B.A.)

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Earth Science at Fredonia

The Earth is always evolving. The reasons behind it - and their consequences - are the driving passion of someone interested in Earth Science. In Fredonia’s Earth Science program, you will study the impact of human actions on the earth’s environment. You will travel from the solids and liquids inside our planet, to the composition of others in and out of our solar system.

The Fredonia Difference

Students perform field research in Lake Erie, its tributaries, and at Fredonia’s 200-acre College Lodge. Students are immersed in research projects with faculty who are recognized consistently for their efforts on local, regional, and international levels.

Career Opportunities

  • Geoscientist
  • Natural science manager
  • Science teacher

Contact Information

It's Different Here

12

Students per class

Small class sizes ensure personalized instruction and encourage interaction.

The time is now

Opportunities for employment in the Earth Sciences has never been better, given current economic and environmental realities.

Field camp

A 3-credit summer program with the opportunity to travel, work with students and faculty from other universities, and investigate geologic landscapes across the country.

Why Earth Science at Fredonia?

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$60 million Science Center

Fredonia's Science Center contains over $4 million in new instrumentation

Professor Sherri Mason conducts research on Lake Erie

International recognition

Research conducted by Dr. Sherri Mason of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes has received international attention.The research was conducted with students from Fredonia’s science programs.

geology students examine rocks along a local beach

Community-engaged research

Our faculty engage in, and students work on, real research projects concerning the community and region, such as Marcellus Shale and Concord Grapes

Sample Courses

GEO 210 Earth History

Since its formation 4.5 billion years ago, our dynamic planet has undergone enormous changes. It has survived a multitude of volcanic eruptions, ice ages and mass extinctions. Learn about the physical history of the earth and the evolution of life on our dynamic planet from its early formation through the present.

GEO 165 Planet Earth

Explore the large and small scale processes that shape and reshape our dynamic planet Earth. This course introduces students to the many features and phenomena that help us understand Earth’s geologic history and its future. From the integral role that minerals and rocks play, to the wide range of internal and external processes operating on Earth, students gain a heightened awareness of natural resources, climate change and geologic hazards as society makes its way through the 21st century.

GEO 341 Stars and Galaxies

An introduction to stellar astronomy with emphasis on what is currently known about the life history of stars, the structure of galaxies - with emphasis on our own Milky Way Galaxy - and nebulae, and black holes and quasars, and dark matter.

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