Interdisciplinary by design, geology reflects the diversity of modern earth science, covering subjects that range from the nature of environments since Earth’s beginnings to the impact of humans on the Earth today.

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Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

Oberlin’s geology department enjoys a national reputation and is among the first established at an American liberal arts college. Geology at Oberlin is relevant and rigorous—relevant in that the program explores some of the worldwide environmental, climatological, and geological questions of the day, and rigorous in that it requires a high level of inquiry, field study, analysis, and problem solving.

Interdisciplinary by design, geology reflects the diversity of modern earth science, covering subjects that range from the nature of environments since Earth’s beginnings to the impact of humans on the Earth today, and from tiny crystals to gigantic tectonic plates.

We offer courses for the major and non-major. Our major program prepares students for graduate school or a career in earth sciences but is also intended for students who seek a broad understanding of earth systems through scientific study en route to careers in teaching, environmental fields, or other related areas. Many students incorporate geology into a double major.

You will benefit from small classes, hands-on learning, excellent faculty scholarship, and opportunities to accompany and assist faculty members with field experiments and other research.

We encourage majors to do independent research as well as attend workshops and summer programs in geology to have exposure to different geological processes.

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Geology News

Emilie Lozier '18

Emilie Lozier ’18 Wins $50,000 Science Prize

May 9, 2018
Emilie Lozier ’18 won this year’s Nexial Prize, a $50,000 award for a graduating science major who has demonstrated both academic excellence and passion for cultural study.
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CJ Blair Wins 2018 Watson Fellowship

April 18, 2018
Blair will combine his interests in science and creative writing by learning about how threatened species impact communities across the globe.
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At This Conference, You’re Family

October 11, 2017
Obies earn top prizes for their research presentations at the National Association of Black Geoscientists annual conference.