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.
This course looks at the environment from a geologist’s perspective, starting with dynamic systems that can be observed in operation today, as in river and coastal settings, where erosion and deposition occur, and by the interaction of the oceans, atmosphere, and climate.
Study the geometry and origin of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock structures and focus on recognition and interpretation of structures through field and laboratory methodology.
Study igneous and metamorphic processes and environments and apply chemical principles and experimental data to igneous and metamorphic rocks. Also, identify, analyze and map rocks in the laboratory and field.
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.