You love making new discoveries. You’re curious about the world around you and the planet we call home. You want to learn more about our natural resources --- how to conserve them and use them wisely. Geoscience may be the major for you.
This is our clarion call, which urges us all to never be complacent, to always keep moving forward, to lead with confidence and reach high. It embodies our commitment to the future, to innovation and discovery, and to dancing in-step with an ever-changing world.
The major in geoscience is a broad, interdisciplinary program comprising geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and environmental science. UC’s expert faculty provides an extremely well-rounded understanding of the Earth and its complex systems, preparing students for a broad range of professions that address global environmental issues and related challenges. Learn more about UC’s geoscience faculty here.
Learn more about UC's geoscience faculty.
The geoscience major offers two degree options:
Both degree programs offer students the benefit of an impressive suite of advanced instrumentation. Field study opportunities are enhanced by the College's proximity to a variety of earth and environmental resources, such as the Utica marsh, the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, and the Great Lakes region.
Relative to other fields of employment, the Bureau of Labor projects job opportunities in hydrology and environmental science will grow much faster than average.
Graduates of UC's geoscience program enter an expanding market for their skills, with above average job growth predicted for positions in hydrology and environmental science. Geoscience majors are also prepared for careers in oil and gas exploration and development, resource management, and education.
Geology Department equipment includes sieves, a Ro-Tap shaker, hydrometers, a current meter, and microscopes for sedimentological analysis.
Tools include rock cutting and thin-sectioning equipment and microscopes for petrographic analysis; a gravimeter and a collection of local- to continental-scale topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs for structural geologic studies.
A $1.7 million grant from NASA to UC was used to update and expand the college's science teaching and research resources.