David Bailey's current research focuses on the history of igneous and tectonic activity in the northeastern United States and on the mineralogy of New York State.
Fieldwork will be a vital part of your studies. You may find yourself working with other students and faculty members in Tasmania or the Pacific Northwest, and you’ll regularly get out into the field in Central New York. Professors will encourage you to collaborate with them on projects in and out of the classroom.
About the Major
Hamilton’s geosciences program exemplifies the College’s approach to the liberal arts: It is interdisciplinary, innovative and driven by student research.
The quaint stereotype of the “rock scientist” is ancient history. The geosciences have grown deeply interdisciplinary as scientists focus on distant planets, climate change and the environment. And the field has become a crucial part of the scientific effort to preserve the Earth for future generations.
The opportunities I was given only reached their potential when I had the courage to take them. I think I would tell prospective students that Hamilton offers many of these opportunities, and creates students and young adults who are confident enough to go out on limbs and experiment with their passions.
Aubrey Coon — Geosciences student
Careers After Hamilton
- Exploration Geologist, Pioneer Natural Resources
- Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
- Senior Analyst, NBC Universal Media
- Coastal Oceanographer, Applied Coastal Research & Engineering
- Science/Math Teacher, Friends Central School
- Geologist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Geoscientist, Exxon Mobil
- Chief Regulatory Officer, Cape Cod Commission
- Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Principles of Geoscience: Geology and Human Events in North Africa and the Middle East 103F
An interdisciplinary study exploring the influence of environment, water resources, climate change and bedrock geology of North Africa and the Middle East on prehistory, history, international relations and prospects for the future. Special emphasis on developing GIS skills. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning. Oral Presentations. Proseminar.View All Courses
Principles of Geoscience: The Marine Environment 112S
An introduction to the physical, chemical and biological nature of the marine environment. Topics include marine geology, seawater composition, atmosphere/climate, ocean circulation, waves, tides, coastal processes, life in the sea, ocean resources and marine pollution. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
A study of the atmospheric environment. Topics include the Earth’s atmosphere, temperature, humidity, condensation, cloud development, precipitation, winds, air masses, storms and climate. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory/discussion. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
Advanced Hydrogeology and the Environment 309F
Advanced topics in hydrogeology, including geochemical principles, an introduction to contaminant transport, computer modeling of groundwater flow and studies of landfills, hazardous waste sites and other environmental problems. Three hours of class and two hour lab/discussion with field trips. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
An examination of active volcanic processes on Earth through focused case studies and laboratory based projects. Emphasis placed on the physical and chemical processes involved in the origin and evolution of volcanic systems. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. Field trip.View All Courses
GIS for Geoscientists 380F
Introduction to basic concepts in computer-based GIS emphasizing hands-on practice in portraying and analyzing spatially referenced data sets to produce a variety of types of digital products and to solve geologic problems. Practice using data from multiple sources, including data downloaded from online sources, field-collected data and published map data. Emphasis on mastery of basic skills and techniques using ESRI ArcGIS software. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
Research and Discovery
Glacial Guiding in Alaska
Research and Discovery
Study in Perugia Leads to Difo’s Geosciences Senior Project
Having spent a semester studying in Perugia, Italy, Gloribel “Glori” Difo ’20 became so captivated with the city that she decided to take what she saw and learned to create an interdisciplinary senior project: A Walking Tour of Perugia, Italy: Exploring the Building Stones Used in the City’s Construction.
Research and Discovery
Harvard-Bound Welch ’20 to Study Structural Geology
In the fall of his junior year, Robert Welch ’20 attended a weekly “geo-lunch” meeting hosted by the Geosciences Department. The speaker, who was discussing the value of attending graduate school, imparted the following advice to the students sitting around the lunch table: “You must have the urge to ask the question ‘why?’”