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Department of Geosciences

Welcome to the Geosciences Department!

Why geology is the best science elective

What is geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them,and the history of the planet, and its life forms since its origin. The mission of Skidmore's geosciences program is to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land-use planning, and global change. For more information, check out our Mission Statement page here.

Thinking about a geoscience major or minor? Great!

Click here for the Skidmore declaration of major form. Directions for declaring a major can be found here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about becoming a geoscience major or minor. In the mean time, read this and this! And check out Geoscience alum Cynthia Blum Carroll's ('78) feature in the Fall 2009 Scope magazine!

Geoscience majors and employment

Recession? Geoscientist are in demand! According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2010–2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Employment of geoscientists and hydrologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations" over the next eight years. In 2010, the average salary for geoscientists with 0–2 years experience (entry-level) was $93,000." (American Association of Petroleum Geologists).

Click here to see additional new and exciting Geosciences News! Here are a few items:

Best wishes to our '18 Seniors:

Congratulations, Ann and Sam!

Geo Summertime! 

Alumni Spotlight

We’d love to hear from you!  Send your updates to afrappie@skidmore.edu or your favorite Skidmore GeoProfessor!

Living the Liberal Arts: Geosciences

Alumnus Matt Shrensel '09 offers advice and insights