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Field Experience

The World is your Classroom

Oceanographic Field Work Group Photo
Photo: Oceanographic Field Work in the Gulf of Mexico

The best way to study the earth and environment is in the real world. That’s why our teaching is hands-on and on-site. From Antarctica to Africa, our students work alongside distinguished faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories and on expeditions worldwide.

The department considers field experience to be a valuable part of geological training and incorporates field trips into the regular schedule of many of the undergraduate courses. Students take excursions within New York and adjoining states or can participate in a course that provides field experience studying active geological processes in California.

Faculty encourage advanced undergraduates to participate in North American and overseas field research programs. Most undergraduates participate in active laboratory research in fields such as geophysics, geochemistry, paleontology, petrology, structural geology, tectonics, seismology, stratigraphy, geodynamics, magneto-stratigraphy, geology, public policy, paleoclimate studies, and environmental geology.

Student Organizations

The Undergraduate Student Geological Organization (USGO) is an active student-led organization that provides special field trips, speakers from other universities and colleges, and social events throughout the academic year.