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:
- Candace Wygel did summer research on lithium mineral geochemistry at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
- Emma McCully and Melanie Feen researched marine carbon cycling at Skidmore with Meg Estapa, and Matt Kilgore worked on Devonian stratigraphy with Prof. Lindemann.
- Ben Freiberg and Michaela Ritz landed undergraduate research opportunities on the west coast!
- Rachel Barrachina had a great international summer with a paid internship for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation in Montreal.
- Francisco “Frankie” Perez ‘13 is doing an M.S. degree in social geosciences at Michigan Tech, and has just left for a tour with the Peace Corps volunteering in Senegal to support urban agriculture and study groundwater resources. Wish him luck!
- Katherine Kuklewicz ’15 and Shanna Williamson ’14 have started master’s programs at Kansas University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
- Coco Loehr ’12 is leading an exciting outdoor education program at the boarding school Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts.
- Congrats to our GeoCorps interns: Sarah Turner and Rachel Comp ’15 worked for the Bureau of Land Management (Washington, D.C.) and National Parks Service (Grand Canyon).
- Check out the latest article on the new blockbuster film The Martian by geo alumn science writer Alex Kasprak ’08.
We’d love to hear from you! Send your updates to firstname.lastname@example.org or your favorite Skidmore GeoProfessor!
Living the Liberal Arts: Geosciences
Alumnus Matt Shrensel '09 offers advice and insights