student with display of rocks
Geology and history double-major Elena Robakiewicz ’16 received a Fulbright grant for research in Germany. Her research took place in Tübingen, where she worked with professors who study paleolake (or ancient lake) data in order to better understand early human migration patterns. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Interdisciplinary by design, our geology course of study 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.

Program Director

F. Zeb Page

Associate Professor of Geology
Department Affiliation

Pat Sturges

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8350

Why Study Geology at Oberlin?

Undergraduate Research Consortium
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs
Geology students take a hike along the Golden Cannon Trail in Death Valley National Park, California. Photo credit: Courtsey of Steven Wojtal

Keck Geology Consortium

The Keck Geology Consortium is focused on enriching undergraduate education through development of high quality research experience. The consortium has been a fundamental component of the undergraduate research landscape for 26 years, supporting more than 1,400 students from 100-plus schools across the nation.

Each year at least two Oberlin students participate in original summer research at Keck, of which the word has a tangible meaning in the geoscience community: talented students gaining field experience supported by dedicated, master teachers.

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Upcoming Geology Events


STEM in Color

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall

STEM in Color

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall

Sample Courses

  • GEOL 122 - Natural Hazards 4 credits
  • GEOL 204 - Evolution of the Earth 4 credits
  • GEOL 230 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4 credits
  • GEOL 235 - Applied GIS 4 credits

Geology News

Associate Professor of Anthropology Amy Margaris

Reunifying Oberlin’s Natural History Collection

August 29, 2017
Associate Professor of Anthropology Amy Margaris ’96 along with other faculty and staff members on campus are working to digitize the college’s many “dangling collections”—objects and specimens spread across various campus buildings that at one time had a home in the college’s natural history museum.