You can't predict what you might discover in Geo lab.
Students atop a volcano in Mexico.
Coastal research in North Carolina.
Weekly departmental lunches for students, faculty and staff, barbecues
at a professor's house twice a year, dinners out with visiting speakers
(free food and career contacts!), holiday parties, the Mineral Curator's
famous brownies... Want the details? See our listing of events.
Play in the dirt. Get credit for it.
Almost all of our geology courses have one field trip and some have several.
They are a great way to experience "real" geology, to do some hands-on
learning, and to get out of the library and into the sun!
Call your profs by their first names.
The BMC geology department is famous for its congeniality. Geology majors
and professors are on a first-name basis, and the department's small size
guarantees small class size, lots of individual attention, and easy access
to labs, equipment, and opportunities.
Work Study jobs...
...it's better than working in Dining Services! Jobs are available in
mineral curation, rock sample preparation (whack 'em, cut 'em, and crush
'em), database management, sediment and geochem analysis, map curation,
and teaching assistantships. More fun than Dining Services, and it looks
great on your resume.
There are great opportunities for internships,
student-faculty collaborative research, and field schools. Recent BMC
geology majors have done summer work in Alaska, Utah, North Carolina,
Long Island, Florida, New Zealand, Montana, British Columbia, California,
Wyoming and Georgia.
Research on the beach and in Rhoads Pond.
Geo majors can conduct research projects that take them to the New Jersey
shore and other beaches year-round, and to the newly created pond on campus.
Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods. Need we say more?
Award winning faculty.
Many of the members of our faculty have received distinguished awards
and are highly regarded in their specialized fields. Read about one of
Cool rocks (of course)!
The department owns the largest mineral collection for a college its size,
as well as extensive collections of rocks from around the world. Students
have access to the collections for classwork and research. Some of the
samples can be seen lining the halls of the PSB.
oceans, glaciers, deserts, dinosaurs, plate tectonics, maps, global warming,
nuclear waste, acid rain, water pollution, environmental policy, precious gems,
information, ask any geo major, or talk to a major
representative, the major advisor, or any of the geology faculty.