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.
In this course, we will address questions such as "Is climate change happening? Is it us? Where are we headed? How fast? How do we know?" with a focus on building an interdisciplinary understanding of Earth's climate system.
As the population expands in a future marked by climate change, the search for and preservation of our most vital resource, water, demands thoughtful policy and greater scientific understanding. This course is an introduction to surface and groundwater hydrology, geochemistry, and management for natural systems and human needs.
In this class, students learn to interpret the sedimentary rock record, on scales ranging from individual grains to kilometers-thick sequences of strata, and develop an understanding of sedimentary processes in modern environments.
Twenty-four geology students and two intrepid faculty — Dave Jones and Victor Guevara — studied the geology of the big island of Hawaii for seven days in January 2020. Watch a video of the trip by Angelina Han ’22.
There are abundant opportunities for students to do research with faculty in our department. These opportunities provide invaluable experience doing laboratory and field geology research.