Parallel first-year courses join for consumption studies

Parallel First-year Seminars in sociology and geology explored the topic of consumption, presenting their work on the Orange Carpet to students, faculty and staff. Read More

Geology course attends national conference

Sparks from the Rockpile 2013

Six courses traveled to tropical field stations in February

Geology of a Region: New Zealand  


Coral studies in the Bahamas  


Petrology class in Missouri  


Geology of the National Parks  


Collecting stalagmite samples in Australia  


Examining gypsum floors in Crete  


Honors thesis research in W. Australia  


Geology Club visits Death Valley  


Examining glacial ice bands in New Zealand  


Radiogenic isotope research at University of New Mexico  


Department of Geology

Program Overview

As the world faces declining natural resources (including potable water and food), climate change, and an increasing population, a geology major provides particularly salient training to address these issues. Additionally, geology majors leave Cornell able to pursue a wide variety of careers within and outside of the sciences. 

Field study and research

Field experiences are critical to learning geology. Cornell's One Course At A Time allows us to include field trips in almost every course and to dedicate an entire block in specialized field study courses. We also engage our students in a variety of research projects, often connected to the wide-ranging interests of our faculty.


Cornell's geology department was the first in Iowa, and we are the only liberal arts college in Iowa to offer a four-year degree in geology.