The Geology Department

The Allegheny Geology Department emphasizes a close, hands-on approach with lots of field experiences. We have a small student-faculty ratio with a supportive atmosphere and we are committed to providing students with an outstanding foundation in the geosciences.

Allegheny College Geology Junior Seminar 2019: Geology of the Llano Uplift

In March, 2018, the Department’s juniors took a field trip to Texas to study ancient rock outcrops near Llano, TX and the Gulf Coast. The trip was led by Profs. Matt Carter and Rachel O’Brien with collaboration with Dr. André Droxler (Rice University). This video was produced by one of the attending students, Lauren Kanavy.

Geology Department Highlights:

  • Over 95% success of geology graduates for jobs and graduate school acceptance
  • Allegheny is highly recommended for study in geology by Ruggs
  • The Geology Department ranks in the top 5% in eventual Ph.Ds.
  • Degree programs for different career objectives: B.A. and B.S. in Geology & Environmental Geology

Major and Minor Programs

The Geology Department has three major programs: Environmental Geology (B.S.) and Geology (B.A. or B.S.).

Both B.S. programs meet the requirements for certification/registration now mandated by most states for those employed in environmental fields such as groundwater contamination and exploration, geologic land use (e.g. coastal zones, landslides, flooding, earthquakes) and geologic resources (e.g. fossil fuels, mining and reclamation, geothermal energy).

Major in Environmental Geology (B.S.)

This program is designed to prepare students for graduate study involving Earth-surface processes or for employment as environmental geologists. It emphasizes those areas with most immediate societal relevance—hydrogeology, coastal processes, geomorphic processes, land use, energy resources, geochemistry of water and soils, etc.

Major in Geology (B.S.)

This program is designed to prepare students for graduate study in all aspects of geology or for employment as professional geologists.

Major in Geology (B.A.)

This flexible program can accommodate a variety of objectives, such as preparation for graduate programs in law or business or entry into a career field (e.g. K–12 teaching, public policy).


A minor in geology requires the successful completion of Environmental Geology or Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and three upper-level courses.