About the Major

The Geology major starts with an introduction to the fundamental principles and processes that govern the character of the earth from its surface environment to its core. Geology 111 surveys these principles and is required of all Geology majors. Geology encompasses many sub-disciplines that approach study of the earth in a variety of ways, but all share a core of knowledge about the composition and constitution of earth materials.

About the Department

Geology is the science of the Earth — and focuses on the Earth's physical makeup, its history, and how it works. Geology students make use of the whole Earth as their field area, from the Arctic to Antarctic, from the Earth’s core to the edge of our atmosphere. Geologists also explore the solar system, as we use the knowledge of our own planet to understand those worlds we discover.

Department of Geology
11 Barrett Hill Road
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: (413) 542-2233
Fax: (413) 542-2713