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Geology

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Geology at Fredonia

Do you love to be or work outdoors? Have you wondered how the Rocky Mountains or the Finger Lakes developed, or why Mount Kilauea in Hawaii is so active? Do you want to work with world-renowned faculty? If you answered yes, then consider Fredonia’s Geology program. Fredonia will feed your passion for the Earth’s riches likes gems and fossils, as well as its pitfalls, like earthquakes and volcanoes. Fredonia’s programs focus on our planet, its processes and the impact we have on the Earth 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
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist

Contact Information

It's Different Here

12

Students per class

Small class sizes ensure personalized instruction and encourage interaction with faculty.

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.

7%

Job growth

Projection for hydrogeologists job growth through 2024 is strong.

Why Geology at Fredonia?

Fredonia professor Shari 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.

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$60 million Science Center

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

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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.

Sample Courses

GEO 160 Blue Planet

Planet Earth formed as a ball of fire, but now is 70% water. Where did all this water come from? How does it shape our world? This course dives into these questions.

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 450 Hydrogeology

Hydrologic problems are analyzed by organizing information into a water budget and then quantifying the variables in the water budget equation. Common hydrologic variables include precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, stream flow, infiltration and groundwater. Groundwater is emphasized. Lectures supplemented by field work, lab measurements, and computer modeling.

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