Geological Sciences : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The undergraduate curriculum provides a comprehensive background in each of the major areas of modern geology through a required sequence of courses in geology and basic undergraduate courses in chemistry, physics, and calculus. In addition to the core courses in geology, a wide range of electives offers exposure to more specialized topics.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C in GLY 101 or GLY 103.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 50-300
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 30-40
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15-25

In the Department of Geology, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs teach laboratory sections in almost all courses for the major and freshman level courses, as well as lead field trips and assist in grading. Except in special circumstances, all lectures are given by faculty.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

There are thirteen full-time faculty members, six adjunct professors, fourteen research professors, several emeritus professors and usually one or two part-time instructors in the department. Faculty members have extensive research experience and well-established international reputations. Dr. Charles E. Mitchell received the Milton Plesur Teaching Award, which is presented by the UB Student Association and he has also received the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

Field Camp: The 6-credit field camp course is the highlight of the undergraduate program. It is held for four weeks during the early summer in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado and operates from a mobile base camp. The course teaches applied geological field methods.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

There are numerous opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the exciting research activities within the Department of Geology. Undergraduates have been involved in research topics as diverse as glacial geology, watershed hydrology and planetary geology, and have worked in Alaska, Greenland, South America, and here in New York State. Many of these opportunities come with partial funding. Students generally register for independent study with a faculty advisor, so they earn credits while learning about how research is conducted and building their resume.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

In addition to the usual academic honors offered to students upon graduation, the department offers an honors program. Candidates must have junior status, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25, complete a senior thesis, and complete two geology courses in addition to the usual departmental degree requirements.

Reginald H. Pegrum Award
This award is available to graduating geology majors. Dr. Reginald H. Pegrum, founder of the department, established an annual award to be presented to an outstanding graduate majoring in geology. The student selected is presented with a check and a certificate.

Gilbert Jaffe Memorial Award
This award is given to graduating seniors in geology, with preference given to a student excelling in marine geology or environmental science. The award consists of a check and a certificate.

Duttweiler Field Camp Award
This award is given to one or more outstanding female student(s) attending the Department of Geology's summer field camp, thanks to the generousity of alumna Dorthea Duttweiler. An award is presented to the top female attendees.

Extracurricular Activities

The undergraduate students have a geology club, UB Geological Society (UBGS), which sponsors such things as special lectures by visiting geologists, field trips to sites of geological interest, special outings, picnics, and camping trips. Officers are elected each year.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:14 EST