Did you fill your pockets with rocks as a kid? Do you love hiking and being outside? Do you care about climate change, protecting our natural resources and keeping people safe from natural disasters? If so, let's talk about geological sciences, a degree that can take you from volcanoes in California to glaciers in Greenland … and far beyond. If this sounds interesting—and you like science and math—get ready to dig in.
How do landslides happen? How do you map a landscape, classify minerals and identify fossils? These are just a few of the questions you can explore as you study the forces that shape our planet. As a geological sciences student, you’ll typically take classes in chemistry, calculus and physics, as well as geology and related subjects. Of course, you’ll also have hands-on labs where you can study specimens up close and learn how to use specialized tools.
A former student said it best: "Say yes to as many new adventures as you can."
Our alumni have served as a Mars mission simulation astronaut for NASA, overseen the No. 1 fossil park in the U.S., monitored volcanoes, captured hazardous waste, and co-discovered a hydrothermal field in the Pacific Ocean, to name just a few of their accomplishments. In fact, geoscientists work in an incredible range of positions, including:
A degree in geological sciences opens doors to work for a government agency like the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Geological Survey, or for a private company, including many different types of consulting firms.
Be prepared to teach grades 5-12 by getting your bachelor's and master's in just five years through our UB Teach program.
Visit the department website (at the top of this page) for more details, or see the UB Teach website for a list of all available majors.
"The professors put their heart and soul into providing a great learning experience."
When our students talk about UB, they often mention their teachers’ passion for geology and enthusiasm for mentoring students. These are just a few of the reasons why our faculty members have earned the title of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, among many other honors.
When they're not in the classroom, our faculty members are often conducting research around the globe. They are members of the Geological Society of America and other leading professional organizations, have been published in top journals including "Science," and have been recognized by the National Science Foundation, to name just some of their many accomplishments.