Our courses explore the science of the Earth—its physical makeup, its history and how it works. Geology at Amherst is not confined to classrooms and labs: field trips take students from the mountains to the beach.
Study the ocean’s interconnected geological, chemical, physical and biological processes. Learn how they’ve evolved over the planet’s history. Consider humanity’s challenges in deciding how to use the ocean and its resources.
Study plate tectonics, the changing configuration of the continents and oceans, and the origin and evolution of mountain belts using evidence from diverse branches of geology.
Examine tracers and proxies for microbial activity in rock, sediment, soil and porewater, in environments ranging from hydrothermal vents, to the early Earth, to possible extraterrestrial habitats.
The geology department awards several prizes and awards including the Belt-Brophy prize, the Harvey Blodgett Scholarship and the Richard M. Foose Award.