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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 Overview


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

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.

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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