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Zoe Hecht and Emily Bermudez prepare soil samples in Associate Professor Amanda Schmidt’s geology lab. Photo credit: Michael Hartman
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Geology

Interdisciplinary by design, our geology major 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.

Why Study Geology at Oberlin?

Undergraduate Research Consortium
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs
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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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Sample Courses

  • GEOL 122 - Natural Hazards 4 credits
  • GEOL 204 - Evolution of the Earth 4 credits
  • GEOL 212 - Earth Surface Processes 4 credits
  • GEOL 235 - Applied GIS 4 credits

Geology Faculty

Geology faculty are scholars. teachers, and researchers who are committed to undergraduate education. They provide opportunities for students to engage in research projects. Their areas of specialty includes oceanography, aquatic climate, coral reefs and coastal systems, paleoecology, metamorphic rocks, and tectonic geomorphology.

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Geology News

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Educator in Death Valley National Park: Marcus Hill ’19

February 21, 2020
Geology graduate Marcus Hill is working alongside seasoned park rangers to run education programs for elementary school students. As one of the few geologists on staff, he’s discovering that visitors are excited to learn about rocks from someone who spent the last four years working with rocks.