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Undergraduate Studies


Students majoring in Geology will be preparing themselves to take an active role in the utilization of the earth's resources while protecting its fragile environment. Course work involves hands-on use of modern laboratory equipment and extensive projects out in the field. The faculty combines the use of small class sizes and abundant travel opportunities with a commitment to involving students in ongoing geological projects that involve both local and far-ranging locales. The curricula are designed with three primary objectives:

Prepare students for entry level employment with consulting and engineering companies that concentrate on environmental problems

  • Prepare students for entry level employment in federal, state, and municipal environmental agencies
  • Prepare students that enter graduate programs in the branch of geology of their choosing in preparation for university teaching or upper level employment with private companies or governmental agencie



The Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Geology or Geology with a concentration in Geoarchaeology.

Geology Requirements
To be recommended for graduation, students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA in their major concentration. A student also must earn a grade of at least C in any Geology course that is taken to fulfill a degree requirement. One must earn at least a D in each required cognate.

Course Catalog HERE.


Earth and Space Science Education Major

Completion of the requirements in Earth and Space Science Education certifies the student for teaching in the junior and senior highs schools in Pennsylvania and in other states that have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania. In order to receive the degree and certification in Earth and Space Science Education, students must meet all of the requirements outlined below and in the Education Department section of the college catalog. These requirements include passing the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II examinations in Earth and Space Science Education and successfully completing a student teaching assignment.


Availiable Concentrations

Earth and Space Science Education Concentration

Geoarchaeology Concentration

Paleotology Concentration

Planetary Geology


Nick Lang
Nicholas Lang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Chair, Department of Geology Co-Director, Environmental Science Program
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Scott McKenzie
Scott McKenzie, B.S. E.d.
Assistant Professor, Geology; Paleontology Director