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Professor Joe Levy explores Martian glaciers
Professor Joe Levy explores Martian glaciers
Professor Levy and his students are analyzing images from the Mars Orbiter Mission to learn more about the planet's climate history.
FULL VIDEO about Levy's Mars research
Off-Campus Study in Geology
Off-Campus Study in Geology
Opportunities for geology students to study off campus include summer field camps, extended study and spring break trips, and affiliated study abroad programs. READ MORE: Off-campus Study
Geology Concentrators
Geology Concentrators
Our students are engaged in exciting field and classroom learning as well as high-level research as undergraduates. Meet our concentrators.
Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum
Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum
Exquisite fossil, mineral, and rock displays in the Linsley Museum educate visitors about how and what these objects tell us about the Earth and its past. READ MORE about the Linsley Geology Museum
At Colgate, you can be a part of one of the best undergraduate geology programs in the nation. We vigorously support student research and promote active participation of faculty and students in off-campus study groups.

About Geology

The geology department strives to provide the best possible education while also fostering a sense of community among our faculty and students.

Off-campus field programs held each summer and student-faculty research that involves hands-on experience with specialized instrumentation are just some of the ways that our students explore the science of geology, working side-by-side with world-class faculty and top-line peers in the classroom, in the field, and in the lab.
Scene from field camp

Department Contacts

Chair: William Peck
Administrative assistant: Jodi McNamara (
Office: 220 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7201
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7187

Studying in the Department of Geology

Because of the diverse nature of the discipline, we offer two majors:
These majors are designed to enhance a student's understanding of our planet and to help them pursue careers in science, education, environmental consulting, business, law, and natural resource-related fields. We also offer a minor in geology.

Success after Colgate

Check out just a few of the careers that our alumni have pursued after receiving a degree in geology from Colgate:

Department News

Professor Amy Leventer will be awarded the 2018 Goldthwait Polar Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Byrd Polar Research Center, for her exceptional contributions to polar science.  The official award ceremony will take place in January at the Byrd Center.
Find out about Assistant Professor Joe Levy's research on thawing permafrost in Antarctica, recently highlighted in the Colgate University Newsfeed.  

Read about faculty-student research conducted by Assistant Professor Aubreya Adams and geology major, Monica Dimas '19, and their experiences installing a seismometer in east Africa.

Geomorphologist and planetary scientist, Assistant Professor Joe Levy has joined the department.  Read more about Joe here.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of longstanding department member, Bruce Selleck, an inspiring professor, great friend, colleague, and mentor. His humor, wisdom, and seemingly boundless knowledge will be dearly missed. Dean's Letter to the Colgate Community in Remembrance of Bruce.

Amy Leventer
and Meghan Duffy '18 complete a research cruise to Antarctica during the spring 2017 semester.  Read about it here.

A Nature Geoscience article co-authored by geology alumna, Karen Alley '12, was reported on in the Washington Post.  Karen led the study, which examined the impacts of warm seawater on Antarctica's ice shelf.

Astrogeophysics alumna, Christina (Viviano) Beck '06 describes some of her work at NASA's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).  Listen here

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Aubreya Adams has installed a new seismic station on Colgate's upper campus.  Read about it here.Amy Leventer
and Bruce Selleck have been awarded chaired positions.  Read about it here.

Karen Harpp has been awarded the 2015 Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement.  Read about it here
Assistant Professor of Geophysics Aubreya Adams discusses her postdoctoral research on the Cameroon Volcanic Line in West Africa. Listen here.
Distinguished USGS geologist and long-time supporter of the department, Douglas Rankin (CU '53) passed away on February 25.  
First place in the 2014 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award was won by a team of five University of Louisiana at Lafayette Master's students, including geology alum, Sam Ely '12. Click these links for more information about the win, and the IBA competition.
Geology alum, Stephanie Tubman ’08, has been named a fellow at the American Geosciences Institute. Read about it here.

Follow Amy Leventer's experience through this blog.

Karen Harpp teaches a new online course about the Manhattan Project.

Geology students apply classroom techniques in field. Students and faculty conduct summer research in a variety of locations for the "OC"

Extended study brings students to volcano’s summit. Geology 420 students learn in the field in Chile
Professor converts gridiron into geologic timeline. Geology 215 students use football stadium locker room as lab

Youngsters visit campus to learn about paleontology. Summer camp visits Colgate's resident paleontologist and geology museum

Students, alumni on research cruise to Galapagos. Seven students and three alumni collecting samples and mapping ocean floor