Geology

From our planet’s formation to its future climate, from its core to the edge of the atmosphere, the entire Earth is our field area.

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.

student using microscope

Prizes & Awards

The geology department awards several prizes and awards including the Belt-Brophy prize, the Harvey Blodgett Scholarship and the Richard M. Foose Award.