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Geology, Geophysics, or Geochemistry at SUNY Geneseo

Information for this profile was provided by Ben Laabs, Geological Sciences, SUNY College at Geneseo. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree.

Program Design & Assessment


The Department of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo offers three B.A. degree programs; Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry. In 2012-13, these programs include 83 Geology majors, 17 Geophysics majors and 4 Geochemistry majors. Approximately 25% of Geology majors are also Secondary Education majors planning to teach Earth science at the middle school or high school level.

Strengths of this program

Types of students served

Program Goals

The goals of this program are as follows:

  1. Identify, describe, and interpret Earth materials, and evaluate the physical, geometric, and temporal relationships.
  2. Recognize and interpret the origin and evolution of erosional or constructional landscapes (e.g., fluvial, glacial, arid, coastal, volcanic, deformational) within the context of modern tectonics and climatic concepts.
  3. Recognize and utilize the laws of superposition and faunal succession in deciphering Earth history.
  4. Use appropriate field and analytical tools for the purpose of data collection and analysis.
  5. Critically evaluate data and interpretations, and succinctly communicate data and observations using spreadsheets, graphical and/or spatial analysis tools.
  6. Access and utilize the geologic literature.
  7. Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats as well as be comfortable with the language of geology.
  8. Create, read, and interpret topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross-sections.

The learning goals were informed by the following resources:

National reports and institutional policies, the available expertise of six full-time faculty, and discussions with employers and alumni.

How program goals are assessed

The Geology, Geochemistry, and Geophysics programs are assessed approximately every two years by internal evaluations and every five years by external reviews of the programs.

Design features that allow goals to be met

Writing and research requirements are assessed by all the faculty in our Capstone Seminar. Exams in required courses are designed in ways to accommodate the assessment of learning outcomes.

Alumni Careers

Graduation rate

Since 2010, an average of 20 students per year.

Careers pursued by our alumni

Most of our graduates begin a M.S. or Ph.D. program within 2 years of graduation. Of these, a slight majority work in industry (energy companies or environmental consulting) and the rest become teachers.

Courses and Sequencing

Diagram of course sequencing and requirements

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