Geology at Allegheny is hands on – the best place to learn about earth processes is in the field! All of our courses involve field-based and applied learning, including several multi-day field trips. Our students typically pursue internships and independent research to enhance their professional experience. Listed below are just some of the recent examples of student experiences in Geology at Allegheny College.


  • Over $330,000 in grant funding to Geology faculty over past 5 years for support of student research and curricular development
  • 100% of those students who sought internships or other experiential learning obtained a position
  • 100% of geology majors over the past 5 years who have sought graduate school or employment in their field have been successful

Department Involvement:

Geology students play in integral role in teaching, research, and departmental functions. By graduation, well over half of our majors have served as teaching, research, or departmental assistants.

Experiential Learning:

In addition to departmental internships, many students participate in specially arranged summer internships.

Some recent examples:

  • Indiana Geological Survey studying Lake Michigan coastal deposits.
  • U.S. Geological Survey in Utah studying natural hazards.
  • Army Cops Coastal Engineering Research Center Facility studying coastal processes at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
  • Greenland Ice Sheet Project, a NSF sponsored cooperative research program, to study ice-core records of past climates and atmospheric chemistry.
  • Research with a faculty member in Denali National Park, Alaska, assisting in a regional tectonic study of volcanism, faulting and mineral resources.

Off-Campus Study

Marine Geology: Semester or year-long program at Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina.