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.

Interterm 2020 in Hawaii

Geology Field Trip

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.

Geology Summer Research

Summer Research Opportunities

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.